Even as he autocratically spent the past few days ousting everyone from his Homeland Security Director to his Secret Service Director to his own nominee for ICE Director in an effort to consolidate his own executive power, Donald Trump somehow found enough time to whine about how he’s the real victim in all this. In the process, he may have given something away.
Here’s what Donald Trump had to say about his current predicament: “The Democrats will never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get. It will never end, but that’s the way life goes!” He was presumably referring to the Mueller report, his tax returns, his Capital One banking records, and the other potentially incriminating documents that House Democrats are seeking as part of their constitutional oversight process.
Trump is correct in that whatever he decides to turn over won’t be enough. He tried having his handpicked Attorney General William Barr release four pages of nonsense in place of the Mueller report, but it was such an inaccurate representation of what was in the still-secret report, Mueller’s own team sounded the alarm. Now that the first round of BS has failed, Barr will try releasing a version of the report that’s strategically redacted to remove all the bad stuff about Trump. When that fails, Trump and Barr will cook up some other dishonest stunt while the court battle plays out over the subpoena for the full report.
Similarly, we can already guess that Donald Trump will instruct his Treasury Secretary to initially release a “summary” of his tax returns, or a heavily redacted version of them. Trump is 100% full of crap, always has been, and so of course he’ll try to BS his way through this. It won’t work, but he’ll try anyway. So yeah, the Democrats will indeed “never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get,” because whatever Trump gives them, it’ll be a bunch of horse crap aimed at avoiding having to give them the real thing. Trump can run from these probes, but he can’t hide.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report