Here’s the thing about an unraveling coverup in which multiple participants are facing criminal exposure and/or career ruin. Some of those participants are going to try to deflect culpability away from themselves by leaking details about the culpability of the other participants. We’ve already seen some of that this past week in Donald Trump’s whistleblower scandal. Now it turns out several of Trump’s own top advisers just threw him squarely under the bus.
Check out this stunning sentence that Fox News reported on its website last night: “Fox News has learned that the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council were ‘unanimous’ in supporting the aid to Ukraine, and that Trump acted alone in withholding the aid over the summer.”
Allow us to translate that for you. What this really means is that the leaders of the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council decided to jointly leak to Fox News that they were opposed to Donald Trump’s criminal plot to extort the president of Ukraine into helping him rig the 2020 election.
Not only are several of Trump’s top people throwing him squarely under the bus, they’re making a point of feeding this revelation to Fox News, where Trump’s supporters will see it. This doesn’t mean they’re telling the truth. But it means they want everyone to believe that Donald Trump was the ringleader in this treasonous plot, and that they all tried to stop him. You can’t get much uglier than “Trump acted alone.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report