The Final Word: By Buck Sexton
The White House is under a siege worthy of the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
And like the destruction of Constantinople and the end of Byzantine Empire, President Trump’s whole regime will fall unless he manages to shore up the defensive walls and keep out the embittered Hillary-voting hordes.
We are only five months into Trump’s presidency, and the press has gone on a new anti-Trump offensive every week.
From lawsuits over the Emoluments Clause to the Logan Act to the most intricate international conspiracy since The Manchurian Candidate (“Russia Collusion!” they say), the allegations and assaults have been endless, vicious, and perhaps worst of all, successful in slowing Trump’s agenda.
To stave off an outright collapse, President Trump needs messaging discipline, a steely-eyed focus on his agenda’s implementation, and no more self-inflicted wounds from his team.
Unfortunately, the recent appointment of a special counsel has made such refocusing even more difficult. Do not be influenced by the so-called “legal analysts” in the media who will tell tales of former FBI director Robert Mueller’s unparalleled honesty and integrity. It’s a trap.
Mueller is a close confidante of former FBI Director James Comey, who with his recent testimony admitted that he is a savvy, if underhanded, bureaucratic infighter who knows the ways of the D.C. swamp all too well. He wanted a special prosecutor to even the score with Trump, and he stacked the deck to make it happen.
No matter how decent a man Mueller may be, the special counsel is a political weapon. For President Trump’s enemies, this has been the plan all along.
Comey lit the match with his leak of private memos to the New York Times, but the mainstream media were piling up the gunpowder for months. The sheer repetition of “Russia election hacking” stories in the media created the perception of a vast conspiracy without a shred of verifiable evidence. And now the country will be put through months (if not years) of investigation started without a specific crime in mind.
Assorted latte-drinking coastal elites are toasting this taxpayer-funded witch hunt. No matter what happens, the purposes of the Trump opposition will have been served.
There will be months of injurious speculation – some based on leaks from the investigation itself, no doubt – about who the targets are, how close the Department of Justice is to filing charges, and who is going to “flip” and give testimony against Trump or one of his top advisors. By the time it’s clear the special counsel appointment was fake news, the damage will have been done and the media will have moved on.
In a worst-case scenario for the White House, the grinding, remorseless machinery of the special counsel’s investigatory process will claim a hapless victim.
Perhaps a senior Trump advisor will get caught in a perjury trap, or there will be some allegation of sloppy procedural misconduct. All it takes is for one of Trump’s special assistants or aides to destroy the wrong file or type a careless e-mail, and Mueller’s squad of G-men will swoop down and bring the sanctimonious fury of the Department of Justice to bear.
It happened to Lewis “Scooter” Libby during George W.’s tenure. It can certainly happen again.
And if it does, the Democrats and their media allies will be howling for the maximum punishment while claiming that even the most mundane infraction is evidence of “Russia Collusion” hiding somewhere, somehow. In truth, it will be petty retribution for Hillary’s loss dressed up as justice. But as long as it harms Trump, the media will egg it on and a coalition of cowardly Republicans will run for cover.
There is, however, another way this can all go…
President Trump was never going to have even a smidgen of goodwill from the Democrats, and the media’s shrieking hatred for him has been at a maximum decibel since he announced during the primary. He is an unorthodox political brawler – elected not to dance around and get along, but to throw punches. While his administration has already taken its fair share of punishment, it is still standing, still pushing on, and can still, ultimately, win. But it’ll be a Beltway brawl every step of the way.
Trump and the GOP-led Congress must get either tax or health care reform through this year.
Trump and the GOP-led Congress must get either tax or health care reform through this year. Both would be great, but despite the Trumpian bravado, that seems unlikely.
Policy success for Trump will be the best political antidote against the special counsel and other Russia Collusion investigations (five at last count). If the American people see a jump in GDP growth, rising wages, business investment, and better quality of jobs, then the melodramatic alarmism on cable news about the coming Trump tyranny won’t make much difference to people who just want the country to be in better shape.
Time is running short. Before long, Congress will be on recess, the fiscal year will end, we will be in the midst of the holidays – and then the political focus will shift to the midterms. That means Trump needs to use those deal-making skills he has honed over decades and get something big done soon.
Keep in mind, if the Democrats win the House, there is a very good chance they will impeach President Trump. They won’t succeed in removing him from office as long as the Senate is in GOP hands, but a successful impeachment proceeding would still be politically toxic.
If the Democrats manage to make Trump a one-termer, then the swamp will persist. Hillary-ism, whether through Elizabeth Warren or some other Democrat statist, won’t have been so much deterred as it was delayed.
Those are the stakes. The pathway for Trump is littered with obstacles, most of all the special counsel, but with a little more discipline and Trump’s pugnacious resilience, he can still get the job done.
It’s going to be quite a fight.
Buck Sexton is host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program, “Buck Sexton with America Now,” heard on over 100 stations across the country.
A former CIA and NYC Police Department Intelligence Officer, Buck is also the cohost of Stansberry Investor Hour, a weekly radio show that you can subscribe to for free right here: http://investorhour.com/