Why do I feel like I’m watching The Godfather, Part IV?
As President Donald Trump’s associates scramble to save their skins by cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Godfather of Golf is flipping his lid.
The Don assured Fox News that “I know all about flipping” (admitting guilt and giving information on co-conspirators), damning those who cooperate with federal law enforcement as “rats.” Can he make them an offer they can’t refuse__such as a pardon? His lawyers say doing so would be a fast pass to impeachment.
Be that as it may, all the president’s men seem to be scrambling to jump off the sinking POTUS 45 ship. Whoever said there is no honor among thieves spoke the truth, as flipping is suddenly the rage among former White House officials and associates. Trump consigliere Michael Cohen recently pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, saying Trump directed him to make hush money payments to two women with whom our current president was allegedly having affairs.
Meanwhile, Trump pal David Pecker, publisher of The Enquirer, was recently granted immunity from prosecution to testify. Trump organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, who oversaw Trump’s corporate ledgers for decades, has also been granted such immunity.
In addition, Mueller has been issuing subpoenas to a number of associates of Trump political advisor Roger Stone. Among them is Randy Credico, whom I remember as a fellow standup comic back in the day. Credico says Stone is trying to make him the “fall guy”, to which Stone responded with a series of gangster-style e-mails, calling Credico a “rat” and a “stoolie.”
Who will be the next associate to flip? Jeff (“Little Jeffy”) Sessions? Chris (“Bag O’Donuts”) Christie? Jared (“Fredo”) Kushner?
Turning on a leader can be traced back to ancient Rome, when Julius Caesar got too big for his golden britches and was done in by a number of senators and others close to him, including his supposedly dear friend Brutus. It is less than surprising that Trump is reported to be increasingly stressed about these White House flippers, uncertain which of his associates will be the next to spill the beans on him.
Et tu, Ivanka?