After Mueller, the president is being compared to mobsters from John Gotti to Tony Soprano. And yet he remains in office
” You gotta do this. You gotta call Rod …”
It was 17 June 2017. Donald Trump was on the phone, urging Don McGahn, the White House counsel, to turn the fuck on the deputy us attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.
” Call Rod, tell Rod that[ Robert] Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the special lawyer ,” Trump said, in a second call that day.” Mueller has to go … Call me back when you do it .”
If the tone of these secret exchanges, revealed in Mueller’s long-awaited report this week, remind you of Tony Soprano- the amoral, brood, charismatic, philandering, thuggish crime boss in the eponymous TV drama– ordering a hit on one his foes, you are not alone.
Over 448 pages, Mueller does not present Trump as a traitor but does portray him as a serial storyteller willing to insult power, shred standards and deflect the rule of law in a White House rotten to the core. Amid this culture of malfeasance and mendacity, trusted lieutenants are expected to demonstrate absolute allegiance, up to and including stymie justice to save the president’s skin.
” He conducts himself like a New Jersey mob boss who is unconcerned about questioning the people around him to conduct unethical or legally challenging action ,” said Kurt Bardella, former representative and senior adviser for the House oversight and government reform committee.” Truth and accuracy only don’t factor into his thought process at all.
” The a requirement for loyalty and fealty are like an organised crime system. Instead of the John Gotti family, it’s the Trump family and his solders are the Republican members of Congress who protect him .”
After two years that transfix Washington, Mueller’s redacted report outlined 11 chapters in which Trump or his campaign organisation tried to have the special attorney burnt, limit its scope of application of his investigation or interfere in other lanes. But it did not recommend costs , nor find a criminal plot with Russia to help Trump win the 2016 election, although it rolled spate of contacts.
The president was quick to assertion vindication and rail against the media, while his House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, proclaimed it was ” really the best period since he got elected “. But Mueller state pointedly that” while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, the committee is also does not exonerate him”, potentially offering Congress a roadmap to impeachment .
The devil was in details surely enough to end the career of almost any other politician .~ ATAGEND Many had been previously reported- a testament to dogged journalism- which probably reduced their startle importance and was endeavouring to Trump’s benefit. But they also committed the clearest paint yet of the character of the three men in the Oval Office.
Almost a year ago, the comedian Bill Maher told his HBO observers :” People call this presidency a reality depict. It’s more like a Scorsese movie. Everything Trump does is modeled on the mob. When he was accused of sexual harassment, he brought in Bill Clinton’s accusers to sit in the gallery at the debate, just like Michael Corleone delivered Frank Pentangeli’s brother into tribunal[ in The Godfather Part II] …
” He’s so much like a Don that his name is literally Don .”