President Trump is neither the Second Coming nor a monarch, where the King can do no wrong. His rabid followers will disagree but even the court jester has run out of comical antics as this administration crumbles.
You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to predict the free-fall of this White House. It writhes in its downward spiral, unable to prevent disaster.
The odious link to top Russians who manipulated our electoral process to favor Trump is slowly but deliberately unfolding.
None other than David Gergen, the highly respected veteran White House advisor to both Republican and Democratic presidents, decried the “incompetent cover-up” of the murky meeting between Russian government surrogates and Donald Trump Jr. and his willing Republican cohorts.
The 39-year-old Trump lept at the opportunity to use dirt on Hillary Clinton, procured by our adversaries in Moscow.
And whom did Donald Jr. rope in to salivate at the prospect of receiving such muck? Why, lo and behold, they included Jared Kushner, the president’s confidant and son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, then campaign manager for the man who would become president. No mere underlings. Now we learn they met with a number of Russians, including a reputed counterintelligence operator.
The clandestine huddle reeks of conspiracy and collusion at the basest level between those with power and influence in both countries. They are supposed to be competitors and enemies in an ongoing duel for supremacy.
The details are sure to unravel. Journalists at the New York Times and the Washington Post are energized after Trump’s relentless crusade to destroy and demean them. His constant bedeviling of “fake news” put out by “the enemy of the American people” has spurred them to dig deeper than ever into exposing the undercover scheming of this administration.
We can expect the maligned reporters will succeed in getting either a transcript or off-the-record summary of the furtive meeting held in the Trump Tower on 9 June 2016.
Even before these anticipated revelations, yet another high-powered syndicated columnist has broken ranks with his Republican colleagues. Charles Krauthammer, a veteran commentator on Fox News, said, “evidence is now shown” of collusion.
Already the Trump administration has come under withering assault by George Will and Michael Gerson, who make up the triumvirate of preeminent Republican commentators appalled by the outbursts of our current president.
And the near future may well lead to resignations from the White House by defectors who will rush to publish tell-all books of the beleaguered West Wing.
Congressional Republicans will probably be the last to desert the sinking ship, just as they held out for Richard Nixon until disclosure of the secret Oval Office tapes doomed his presidency.
Which leaves Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, as the point man in this unfolding saga. A former lawyer, he is now charged with investigating signs of collusion between the Kremlin and its stooges and Trump campaign officials, who may have aided and abetted in smearing Hillary Clinton to give a leg up to her opponent in his quest for the presidency.
Mueller is by all accounts a learned, trustworthy, and impartial adjudicator who will present his findings regardless of whom they may help or hinder. His levelheaded, penetrating examination of all accessible evidence is eagerly awaited. He is the right person to delve into what may be subversion of the constitution.
Mueller’s conclusions may set off a constitutional crisis in Congress and across the nation. At the very least, his report will trigger a firestorm. However, only the ideological extremes will refuse to accept it.
Yet Trump may take the easier way out by pardoning all before resigning from office.
Anthony Pitch is a former journalist in America, England, Israel, and Africa with 17 appearances on national television.