|In 140 characters, fabulist Trump summarizes his year long effort to concoct an alternate reality to explain the numerous connections between Trump campaign, and Russia. Trump is running scared.|
The former RNC chairman, Reince Preibus, provided key organizational apparatus that he had built over the years to help Trump - a neophyte to republican politics with no infrastructure in place, win in 2016. Trump appointed him as the Chief of Staff. Reince learnt that Trump has fired him while waiting on Trump on the tarmac of Air Force One on a rainy day. Trump could not wait until the motorcade reached the White House to make the announcement.
Trump sent his personal bodyguard Keith Schiller to deliver the letter notifying FBI director Comey that he was being fired, when Comey was traveling to LA on official business, and the nation's chief investigator learned that he was being fired by watching TV. Apparently, the President of the United States, was so bothered by the fact that James Comey - his FBI director until a day ago - was allowed to fly back from his official duties on FBI plane, that he called Andrew McGabe - the acting FBI Director - the very next day to berate him.
Rex Tillerson who served as the nation's Secretary of State, learned that he was fired through a tweet after a six nation tour of Africa. Trump White House also fired Steve Goldstein - Under Secretary at the State Department- mere hours after he released a statement that contradicted the WH timeline regarding Rex Tillerson's firing.
It is clear that Trump bullied Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire the Deputy Director of FBI, Andrew McGabe, on the eve of his retirement from Bureau after serving for two decades. While we cannot yet know for certain if Andrew McGabe's firing was justified until the IG investigation report is released, we can be certain that President Trump's gloating about the firing of a civil servant - unduly politicizes and taints the institution of FBI.
A common thread in all these firings is the pettiness and vindictiveness of Trump - a characteristic normally associated with crime bosses. It is increasingly clear that Trump is deeply scared about what Mueller might find out - or more likely, he suspects what Mueller has already found out. It is also clear that Trump has no class.
The real questions are:
(a) if the Republican controlled Congress has any integrity left and will perform its constitutional duty to provide oversight over the executive branch?
(b) if the crassness of Trump's behavior would shock the American public to get them to call on their Congressmen/Senator to do their job?