The special counsel plans to finish by Sept. 1 its investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said on Sunday that waiting any longer would risk improperly influencing voters in the midterm elections in November.
It’s bunk. New Trump “lawyer” Rudy Giuliani can say that all he likes, but the special counsel is not obligated to wrap up his investigation into Russian espionage efforts against the United States, or possible assistance given to those espionage efforts by U.S. persons, or whether Trump himself sought to obstruct that investigation, in order to not make Donald Trump and his allies feel bad during the upcoming midterms. Every similarly-calibered investigation, and a great many far more stupid ones, has taken longer.
Each of Trump’s lawyers has attempted to keep their ranting client in check by promising him the investigation will be wrapped up Any Day Now. It has been used to try to prevent Trump from further interfering with the investigation or from doing something that, even with Republican control, would get the cretin impeached. It will be used again. The New York Times does not delve too deeply into any of the flaws of Giuliani’s pronouncements; they merely repeat that he said them.
But Rudy Giuliani is a liar; that Rudy Giuliani is claiming the special counsel’s team has told him this or that is only news in that it provides a window into what Rudy Giuliani thinks is, on any given day, the most pressing issue for his new client. And right now his client wants the investigation into his campaign to go away, right now, this moment, before any other potentially criminal acts are exposed.
Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on Aug. 3, 2016. The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump.
That revelation is what launched Trump’s Twitter tirade this morning. His team, and his son, now have to defend themselves from charges that they sought to accept the assistance of not just one, but at least three foreign powers during the 2016 campaign. He is therefore melting into a toxic puddle, and Rudy Giuliani’s most pressing Sunday task is to keep his charge from doing something blatantly illegal or pigheadedly dictatorial as retaliation.
And he is, it should be noted, failing.