The Russian issue and the DACA issue are unrelated, other than I’d rather say something about each topic now rather than so many others, like reducing gun mass violence.
First, the Russian intervention in the 2016 election and Special Council Mueller’s investigation of it. As for the intervention, our four major intelligence agencies have agreed for months there is no doubt about interference and that it continues and will impact the 2018 election if we don’t make Russia pay a price and to take other steps to combat it.
As retiring NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers testified to a senate committee Monday, he has not received any direction from the president, echoing what he and other security chiefs testified earlier in February. It is up to the Republican controlled Congress to press Trump on this, but their devil’s pact with him seems to preclude it.
They got tax and regulation cuts and numerous conservative judges through, so, hey, he’s their man under apparently any circumstances. They see their interest as the nation’s interest (e.g. some Russian hacking helped them in the last election, so……).
Trump’s lack of response and the failure of the Republican Congress to censure him for that indifference should be big news. But not in Trumptopia where it dwindles to being just another dime a dozen issue. His do nothing approach would be denounced as traitorous if a Democratic president did so little to protect the nation’s political structure.
As for the Mueller investigation, I’m struck that Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty today to more charges from Mueller concerning various illegal dealings or lies. Unless the press are totally off on this, the once-upon-a-time manager of the Trump campaign has brazenly broken laws all over the world, so I’m drawn to believe he will be convicted of a few things. Especially because his close long time work associate Rick Gates has entered a plea deal with Mueller, and his knowledge could be enough to sink the man by itself.
So, why plead guilty instead of making a deal himself? I’d bet Manafort believes that Trump will pardon him. It’s Manafort’s only way out. His trial is scheduled for Sept 17 and trials often have their dates moved back, so the mess that is Manafort may stay under wraps (except for leaks) until after the November elections, which might help the Retrumplicans. Certainly his trial is not likely to help them.
Yes, I said Retrumplicans, meaning what was called “the grand old party” is the party of Trump pure and simple. As mentioned above, some old Republican values are held on to while others have been dropped as a matter of convenience, like balancing the budget (how old fashioned) and espousing some sort of moral code (how quaint).
Moving on, DACA prolonged. A judge struck down Trump’s order to do away with DACA. That temporarily saves those in the program but will likely keep them nerve wracked for months to come. Depends on how long the appellate court’s docket will be too full to handle the case (sometime in the fall?) and then whatever their decision, the case seems likely to go to the Supreme Court ( Trump’s team tried to leap frog the appellate court, but the Supremes would not allow it.)
Upon reflection, this DACA issue being postponed, like with Manafort, until after the election might work to Trump’s advantage as he will continue to blame the Democrats for not settling the issue while acting as if he hadn’t attached other restrictions to his immigration proposal that the Dems see as a poison pill.
Manafort a victim of the witch hunt and the Dems not caring about the Dreamers is how Trump’s narrative will read come election time.