...round and round and round they rode, oh what an episode..."
Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye, from the movie, "Cat Ballou."
Many things can be said about Donald Trump and the wankers he has employed in the past and does now. The foremost among them is they will lie at any time to anyone. That and their lies are so God awful transparent they are invariably exposed within weeks, if not days.
Back in March Donald Trump Jr. was saying he'd never met with any Russian on any subject prior to the election. On Saturday, Trump the Younger admitted he was involved in a pre election meeting with a Russian attorney: "It was a short introductory meeting," he said. "I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up."
The key words there being, "primarily discussed." So what got Don Jr, the future first son in law, and the campaign's chairman at the time to Trump Tower to speak with Natalia Veselnitskaya?
On Sunday we found out. According to Trump Jr. "I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign."
Ah, there we have it. It turns out the real reason Trump, Kushner, and Paul Manafort showed up that day was they believed Veselnitskaya, a Russian who is tight with the powers that be in Moscow, had dope on Hillary Clinton which would damage her politically. In this instance anyway, it turned out the promise of dirt was just a lure to get the Americans there so Veselnitskaya could talk about the defunct adoption program. When Trump and the others realized the lawyer wasn't going to provide them with any sort of credible incriminating news on Clinton the meeting ended.
So, despite all those indignant White House denials, Donald Trump Jr. just admitted senior officials within his old man's campaign, at the very least, made an attempt to collude with a connected Russian player during the election.
Not that this should come as a surprise. Mike Flynn--apparently unaware someone might be listening in on the Russian ambassador's phone calls--denied he had several conversations with Sergey Kislyak about lifting U.S. sanctions right up until the moment he was shown the door.
On two separate occasions, Jeff Sessions told senators he didn't meet with Kislyak despite having talked with him at both the GOP convention and in his office the September before the election. Sessions is now the chief law enforcement officer in the United States of America.
When Jared Kushner filled out a questionnaire to get his security clearance he initially indicated he didn't have any meetings with the treacherous Russkies. That included get togethers with Kislyak and the head of a Russian bank the media subsequently uncovered. Not to mention the one with, Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr. just blabbed about.
Meanwhile The Big Orange Guy met with Vladimir Putin one on one the other day. El Donald reported he was satisfied the Russian government didn't interfere in any way with the last U.S. election. Why? Because Vlad told him they didn't.
Trump was so impressed by Putin's stand up honesty he tweeted, "It is time to move forward in working with Russia..." Then he proposed a joint U.S.-Russian cybersecurity team be put together in order to prevent any further election hanky-panky.
The general reaction to this latest example of Brother Don's slavish devotion to all things Russian was best summed up by Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC. He tweeted the theoretical collaboration was, "...pretty close to the dumbest idea I've ever heard."
In fact the blow back on this particular light bulb moment was so severe by yesterday Trump was tweeting that even though he came up with the proposal it didn't mean he thought such a thing could happen. He finished the tweet by posting, "It can't."
In the long history of presidential position reversals it is hard to think of one which happened quicker and is seemingly more absolute than what we just heard from Donald Trump.
Given all this overwhelming evidence, if it wasn't previously, it is now painfully obvious the upper levels of the current administration are heavily involved with drugs. Indeed, it is no longer a matter of if, just a question of which ones. Let's face it, no one makes up the insane shit we've been hearing the past year, or acts like Don Trump and his crowd without being seriously into some awful chemical, or organic compounds. Christ, even the most depraved junkies can come up with plans, excuses, and lies more lucid than these crazed fucks.
In the end the terrible truth is those now in charge of the republic are grotesquely weird and deeply paranoid. They are--despite their vast wealth--terminal losers desperately in need of validation from the very people they think so little of and they're willing to say and do anything to achieve it.
Tragically their crudely amateurish and vile scams are being pulled not just on the professional pols in Washington, but us as well.
And--as pointed out previously in this space--we're stuck with them.