Donald Trump’s handlers picked the worst time possible to let him sit down for an interview with the New York Times, during a week in which Trump is clearly struggling with his exploding scandals. Not surprisingly, Trump ended up saying a number of self-defeating things during the interview. One of the most remarkable was when he gave away just how afraid he is of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller will find in his financial records.
Here’s the relevant passage from the New York Times piece: “Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, ‘I would say yes.’ He would not say what he would do about it. ‘I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.'” (link). The clear takeaway here is that Trump is more worried about what Mueller will find in his finances than he is about what Mueller will find in his political entanglements with Russia.
By saying “Look, this is about Russia,” Trump is essentially saying that he’s hoping the investigation only exposes his criminal attempt at conspiring with a hostile foreign government to rig the election. That’s somewhere between collusion, espionage, and treason, all felonies. And yet Trump is hoping that’s the thing he’ll get nailed for. Trump is giving away here that his financial crimes are far worse than his political crimes. And yet it appears the NY Times may have been setting him up with the question, based on another story it just published.
Just after publishing the interview in which Donald Trump admitted he’s worried about the investigation into his finances, the New York Times also published an article revealing that Robert Mueller is going after Deutsche Bank over its suspicious and potentially Russian-funded series of loans to Donald Trump (link). And now Trump is telling us that this is where the real dirt lies.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report