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Wasserman writes: "Our long-awaited 'Mueller Time' has filled the punditocracy with tales of collusion and delusion. But most have missed the two-word trap door through which Donald Trump is likeliest to fall."

Michael Cohen exits the federal court in New York on Aug. 21. (photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg)
Michael Cohen exits the federal court in New York on Aug. 21. (photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg)

The Two Magical Words That Could Have Trump Gone by Earth Day

By Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

03 December 18


ur long-awaited “Mueller Time” has filled the punditocracy with tales of collusion and delusion. But most have missed the two-word trap door through which Donald Trump is likeliest to fall.

Yes, the Trumputins did steal 2016.

Collusion, technically, is not a crime. Treason is. So is conspiracy. But they may be hard to prove.

Yes, the Don Jr.-Eric-Ivanka-Kushner-Cohen-Manafort cabal has lied to Congress, the courts, and the people. More will arise as the Trump consiglieri flee the sinking ship.

But as predicted by Steve Bannon, here are the two words most likely to bring Trump down: MONEY LAUNDERING.

To source this for yourself, start with David Cay Johnston’s It’s Even Worse than You Think and Craig Unger’s House of Putin House of Trump.

These Rosetta Stones let us view the evolution of Trump’s most obvious illegalities:

• The Donald was born into organized crime.
• His grandfather (a German immigrant) ran a mobbed-up brothel in California.
• His father, a mobbed-up Queens slumlord, was a KKK-supporting, federally-prosecuted racist intimately linked to at least two of the city’s infamous Five Families.
• From age six, Donald helped launder dad’s money with a six-figure income that did not come from his youthful paper route.
• Infamous for stiffing those who backed and worked for him, Donald plunged into billions of debt and at least four bankruptcies.
• But after the Soviet Union fell, a new mobster class of Russian billionaires needed to launder cash into the U.S.
• Many favored Germany’s Deutsche Bank, which became the only financial institution willing to loan Trump money.
• As a shady real estate developer who took cash and asked few questions, The Donald became a Russo-American bag man.
• Trump obliged his ex-Soviet saviors with at least 1300 real estate transactions allowing them to slip countless rubles into the American banking system.
• At the peak sits Vladimir “don” Putin, who took power at the moment of Y2K, to whom nearly all the new Russian billionaires owe fealty, and whose files (forget about that “pee tape”) undoubtedly contain more than enough documentation to sink the entire Trump apparatus in a single afternoon.
• Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue has became largely a dormitory for Putin’s billionaire cohorts.
• Trump and his family have used the White House as a personal laundromat, leveraging licenses, a bailout for Kushner’s disastrous investments in 666 Fifth Avenue, and much more.
• Much of this has happened in New York, where prosecutions will be beyond the reach of White House pardons.
• Deutsche Bank, which has paid more than $600 million in fines related to money laundering, has just been freshly raided.

There is much, much more. (For a riveting run-down of how the legalities might shake out, a recent show at Progressive Radio Network offers some critical insight).

But the methodical Mueller clearly has Trump’s tax returns. The Donald’s net worth may well be negligible, all in rubles, defined by mobster illegalities dating back at least three decades, many of them prosecutable in Manhattan, where his enemies are legion.

Will Trump’s fake House of Cards then collapse, and his presidency with it?

The real bottom line to the Trump trifecta of collusion, mass perjury, and fiscal felony will not require likely impeachment by a Democratic House or unlikely removal by a GOP Senate.

It could come instead with Trump desperately trying to negotiate pardons for his children … facing post-presidency jail time for the money-laundering buried in those Deutsche Bank files and the testimony of so many desperate consiglieri trying to avoid prison … with the almost certain collapse of his phony financial empire … and with the fury of a media and public to whom he’s been lying nonstop with felonious contempt dating at least from the 1980s.

At some point, the stability-loving corporations that really run this world just might say (as with Dick Nixon):

“ENOUGH!… He got us our tax break and gutted environmental regulation … now he needs to leave.”

The collapse could come in months and weeks, not years. Given his relentless assault on the planet, let’s project Donald’s departure to happen by Earth Day. Nature always bats last.

So, too, might Mueller and New York.

But ultimately, the real push must come from an awakened public, bouncing back at last (in a process begun with 2018’s Rainbow Tsunami) with a rebirth of grassroots outrage and social democracy.

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-38 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-03 13:52
I have no doubt that Meuller has all Trump's tax returns and every other financial documents of the Trump business empire that ever existed. Trump often braggs that he's given Mueller more than 2 million documents.

But what will Mueller do with these. He cannot indict Trump for some illegality that happened before he became president. He can't even indict Trump for illegalities he's committed while president. Impeachment through congress is his only route and that is not very likely -- even Wasserman say this.

Trump does not have to "negotiate" a pardon for anyone. He can just do it. The magnitude of the fraud and bias of the Mueller Probe will make pardons justifiable. That much will be a slam dunk.

But still I don't think anyone knows what Mueller will do. If he is really writing a report -- this may be Fake News -- he will have to submit to Whitaker or the newly confirmed Attorney General. It will be the decision of the AG about what to do with the report. With Sessions gone and Rosenstein having been castrated, Mueller does not have a lot of power. He can indict everyone within his field of vision but like Papadopoulos, they will serve 2 weeks in a hotel somewhere and then go on all the talk shows badmouthing Mueller's lawbreaking.

I think Mueller is about done but I don't know how it will play out. It must be faced, that he's struck out on the Russia bullshit. The 2016 elections were not rigged by Trump and Russia.
+9 # RMF 2018-12-04 14:08
RR -- The Sup Ct has never ruled that a sitting president CANNOT be indicted for a criminal offense.

While some legal authorities question whether state level crimes may be enforceable during a president's tenure, because of the potential for political vendettas among the diverse states, the same does not necessarily apply to federal crimes.

Indeed, it appears the better Constitutional view is that a sitting president may be indicted but only for federal offenses. State claims would hold in abeyance (or stayed) until after the president left office.

It is also a well settled principle of law that it is a legal wrong (whether civil or criminal) to undertake a lawful activity but in an unlawful manner. Thus, issuing a pardon for an improper purpose is fully cognizable at law, and has always been so, for at least a couple hundred years or so.
0 # RICHARDKANE.Philadelphia 2018-12-07 01:45
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
The 2016 elections were not rigged by Trump and Russia.

As for the real rigging please see The Guardian

Donald Trump Jr met Gulf states emissary offering election help
0 # johnescher 2018-12-03 15:14
+11 # Farafalla 2018-12-03 19:26
All quiet on the Raskolnikov front... for now. When Trump goes down, will all his trolls go down too?
-3 # Benign Observer 2018-12-04 13:31
You are almost as tiresome as Robbee, and have not done RSN any favors.
+10 # dlet60 2018-12-03 20:09
Yeah, wonderful, all this comes to pass, the Donald goes down with all his children and cohorts and then we get Pence! Trump chose his vice president wisely, the only worse person in America is the Pence!
+24 # grandlakeguy 2018-12-03 20:15
+6 # Elroys 2018-12-03 20:23
As my dear mom used to say - "from your lips to G-d's ears". May this all be so
+14 # elizabethblock 2018-12-03 21:03
Yeah, but do we really want President Pence? I'd rather have Trump fighting for his political life than clean-looking, Boy-Scout, Christian Zionist Pence.
+3 # humanmancalvin 2018-12-03 21:24
Gone baby gone.
+4 # Luara June 2018-12-03 21:59
The most right-on piece of journalism I've read on the orange one!!
+23 # NAVYVET 2018-12-03 23:49
Yeah, but what about NotWorthTup Pence? What can we get that nutcase on? I loved the way it happened in Nixon's downfall--Spira ling Agony resigning in disgrace, a decent although dull Senator Ford becoming VP, Tricky Dick trapped by his own coverup, his lies and the defection of his aides--and before he could be impeached, resigning in disgrace.

I will NEVER forgive Nixon for his crimes! He flapped out the red carpet for that bumbling disaster, Puppet "President" Reagan, and it's been downhill ever since.
+19 # DongiC 2018-12-04 02:02
Let's swing for the fences and hit a home run for the planet. Let's knock the Prince of Pollution out of the game and retire him to the bull pen of losing pitchers - forever. Let's go after the polluters and with the Progressive Party join those who fight for Mother Earth. Let's really tax those billionaires and millionaires making them pay their fair share. Let's all sacrifice for the only planet we will ever have. Let's win this game called survival by another name.
+4 # Salburger 2018-12-04 04:54
And then we get to enjoy the Rev. Pence Presidency?
+6 # opinionaire 2018-12-04 05:54
Lord, I fervently hope so. This view of the donald was clear to anyone without the selective filters apparently worn by the relative handful of voters who were caught in this web. It really is past time for a bit of comeuppance for all the members of this crime family.
+10 # draypoker 2018-12-04 06:48
I hope the rest of us, outside America, will no longer have to put up with self-praise of the US Constitution, which has allowed a complete criminal to be put in the top position - and several other inadequates before him.
-16 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-04 07:03
Here are some more magic words. This is why the Military-Indust rial-Intelligen ce Complex is so determined that Trump will not meet with Putin. It uses its willing partners in the mass media to keep the fake Russiagate scandal going just so that these magic words can never become a dominant narrative in US policics --

"I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race. The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!"
5:30 AM - 3 Dec 2018

Of course, I don't believe Trump really is serious about much of what he twitters. But at least he said it. That is better than anyone in the corporatist media.
+10 # Concerned Citizen 2018-12-04 07:25
"Be nice to the people you meet on your way up; you might need them on your way down" is a common axiom in the entertainment world. When I think of all the people that the current occupant of TWH befriended during the campaign (NOT!), makes sense why so many in his "close" circle are testifying against him to minimize their prison time! To learn something you need to listen, and when you're spending all your cranial capacity planning your next tweet ... no time to learn. Good luck finding friends on your way down Donald!
+2 # Gibbous 2018-12-05 02:46
Here here!
-1 # RICHARDKANE.Philadelphia 2018-12-07 01:37
Trump is a super bright con-artist, grabbing the treasury while he plays the right against the left,
Historically Charles Ponzi amazingly fluent in three languages after being caught and jailed, was at it again after he got out of prison,

Adding in Russia just gives Trump the opportunity to threaten the brink if war as another distraction.
0 # draypoker 2018-12-10 05:58
Quoting RICHARDKANE.Philadelphia:
Trump is a super bright con-artist, grabbing the treasury while he plays the right against the left,
Historically Charles Ponzi amazingly fluent in three languages after being caught and jailed, was at it again after he got out of prison,

Trump doesn't seem intelligent to me. As he reads nothing, and probably learns nothing, and his language is severely restricted, he doesn't function as an intelligent person.

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