Misdirection is the first considered refuge of a cornered politician or a guilty suspect.
Of course, some politicians and suspects have a core character that draws the line at lying once caught – and they face the music.
Mr. Trump is not, however, “that guy” who confesses to chopping down the cherry tree.
Mr. Trump charged President Obama wasn’t born in the United States without any evidence.
Mr. Trump claimed he would have won the popular vote last year if there hadn’t been voter fraud without any evidence of fraud.
Mr. Trump claimed to have had the biggest electoral vote since 1984 when President Obama bested Mr. Trump’s electoral total in both of Mr. Obama’s elections.
Mr. Trump lies about things big and small.
Afterwards, he walks his lies back, when the lies have had the desired effect that Mr. Trump contemplated, to gain tribute for himself (often) or, to misdirect public attention from his own misconduct (an almost daily occurrence now).
It is little wonder that Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with cabinet members and oval office staff who have trouble “recalling” their contacts with the Russians during or since the presidential election. Continue reading →
When I was a New York federal prosecutor, in the same Manhattan office where FBI Director James B. Comey served under then US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, we did not ever say publicly that we had an “ongoing investigation,” because we wanted to protect the investigation from disclosure, it was also against Justice Department guidelines, and we did not want to expose anyone to ridicule and humiliation who might never be charged or prosecuted.
Nor would we release information about a public official in an imminent election, less than two weeks away in the presidential election at hand, and we would never have “suggested” there might be wrongdoing when we had no evidence whatsoever of wrongdoing – and you don’t have any evidence – if you haven’t even asked a federal judge to issue a warrant to review the “suspect” information.
When Director Comey wrote the U.S. Congress, telling them that he had information from an “unrelated” investigation, he admitted he didn’t know if it “contained classified information.”
Nor could he say he had anything “important.”
Director Comey wrote Congress to tell them the FBI had to “assess their importance.”
And Director Comey couldn’t say that what he had was “significant.” Director Comey confessed that “the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant.”
Director Comey felt he had to explain himself to FBI personnel, as what he was doing was unprecedented; he wrote, “We don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations.”