Special Counsel Robert Mueller has penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle over the past week, as Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer have begun cooperating with the Trump-Russia investigation, and an abrupt cancelation of Michael Cohen’s testimony raises the possibility that he’s flipped on Trump entirely. So how is Trump responding? By going off the conspiracy deep end. Way off the deep end.
This morning Trump tweeted “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.” To put this into proper context, Trump didn’t simply pull this out of thin air. He was facing a longstanding October 26th deadline for making a decision about whether or not to release the JFK files. But he easily could have quietly decided not to release the files, and considering Trump’s own current chaos, few would have noticed.
Instead, Trump is making a point of putting the JFK files out there. This serves two attempted purposes. The first is to distract the media and the public, as the exploding storylines about Trump’s deadly Niger scandal and treasonous Russia scandal will be forced to split headline space with new revelations about the fifty-four year old assassination of John F. Kennedy. The second purpose, assuming Trump is relying on an adviser who can think on this level, is to push the notion that the government is a lying conspiracy machine – so as to make the public less trusting of the damning details that government investigators are uncovering about his own scandals.
So what will we end up learning from these JFK files? That’s unclear. But considering that the United States is now facing the biggest crisis in its history, there’s precious little time to waste on JFK scandals. The only goal right now for patriotic Americans is so push for the constitutional ouster, and criminal prosecution, of Donald Trump.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report