This morning’s news is former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates have been ordered to surrender to Federal authorities as a result of the grand jury impaneled to investigate Russia’s interference with our 2016 elections in what amounted to a cyber invasion of the United States.
Why would Russia “invade” the United States?
Well, we invaded Russia in 1918 (U.S.S.R. did not exist until; 1922). President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner Woodrow Wilson dispatched over eight thousand troops to Siberia. The troops did not leave until 1920.
Then there was NATO’s bombing of Kosovo in March, 1999. Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov was en route to the U.S. when he learned of that military action. Primakov ordered his plane to turn around and return to Rusia, because the NATO attack was viewed as an insult in that the U.S. had not consulted Russia about the action. Gessen, “The Future Is History,” 2017, pp. 196-97. A perception of Russia’s loss of prestige as a World Super-power formed a backdrop for Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.
Putin hates democratic processes, the means by which he (and Hitler, for that matter) took power. Dictators take hold of power like a moray eel devours its prey. The teeth of the jaws point inward—what once is seized is not easily taken back.
Putin wants his enemies either to die—in the instances of journalists and political rivals—or to be engulfed in chaos—in the instances of other nations. In the latter, Putin has directed a brilliant campaign of sabotage. The Ukraine and Netherlands experienced Russia’s hack of electoral systems. Those hacks probably were practice for our 2016 elections.
With these first indictments come speculation that Trump will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller—because Mueller is doing his job. Special Counsel is within the Executive branch and can be fired by the Attorney General (or, as here, the Deputy Attorney General, because AG Sessions has recused himself), a la Saturday Night Massacre and Watergate.
Trump is like Bizarro Superman—he does the opposite of what is rational. His lack of intelligence and his narcissistic personality disorder partly explain this approach to the office he illegally seized. Another reason is Putin wants chaos in the U.S. Exacerbate natural disasters, spike corruption (e.g., $300 million contract to re-build Puerto Rico’s power system), set back our education system or unleash pollution to our air and water: these reflect Putin’s beloved chaos.
If Robert Mueller is fired, investigation of Trump will be unnecessarily set back. More people today call for impeachment, but with the GOP in control of both houses of Congress, impeachment hardly is likely.
Our Federal courts possess the equitable power to void the election of a President whose margin of victory was provided by illegal means.” Donohue v. Board of Elections of New York State, 435 F.Supp. 957, 967 (E.D.N.Y. 1976).
An action will filed in a U.S. to set aside the 2016 election results. We face a constitutional crisis like none other in our history. This is a valid legal procedure by which to remedy the injustices wrought by the 2016 elections.
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