The American public is watching events unfold that are usually reserved for the courtroom. We are witnessing the evolution of what may be an overwhelming case against a sitting U.S. President. It’s evolving everyday in the nation’s top newspapers and among the nation’s best television news networks. Journalists in both mediums are doing what I believe to be their best work since Watergate back in the early 70’s.
Prosecutors use a deliberate pattern in their work. There is a method to the madness of presenting evidence to a jury. They lay a foundation from opening arguments. Then carefully construct their case. This pattern goes on everyday in every courtroom in the United States.
In a very real sense, we’re watching the same process play out in the evolving FBI Investigation of President Trump’s campaign connection to Russia. The case has been building in the court of public opinion since before Trump’s inauguration.
Make no mistake, what’s going on right in front of us is intentional. It is the practice of slowly revealing what Trump has really done to the nation and his constituency, in particular. A constituency prone to extreme reactions and predisposed to deliberate skepticism. The kind of constituency that’s being slowly introduced to what appears to be a troubling scenario.
I’ve often wondered whether that narrative involves a candidate who never thought he’d win. Who in the process may have decided to use the election for familiar purposes. But low and behold, he actually won. What an inconvenient blip. A blip that may very well land him in the precincts of impeachment.
The FBI is now doggedly tracking and tracing an unholy and unsettlingly cozy relationship with Russian officials at the highest levels. Slowly, methodically accurate information is being rightly released to a public that has a constitutional right to know.
I’m fascinated by the evolution of what appears to be a disciplined and clear case. With each revelation the investigation inches closer to the Presidency, closer to what’s looking more and more like a direct link to Trump himself. With every revelation, every step in this investigation, the path of evidence is putting more pressure on a President who doesn’t really handle pressure well. Who may very well prematurely implode.
By Trump’s own admission, son-in-law Jared Kushner is one of his closest advisors. Only one person is closer. His daughter Ivanka, Kushner’s wife, the mother of two of Trump’s grandchildren and his personal confidant. What fascinates me most is the level of abject naivety. The clear and present danger of Trump’s blunderous allegiance to Russia. He’s placed his son-in-law in a treasonous position, placed the father of his grand children in harm’s way.
Who in his or her right mind would think they could get Russia to provide a back channel communications link without U.S. Intelligence finding out. What kind of confused mind would want to? I do wonder as I wander, could the motivation be a desire to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell him what to do? How to do it? What would make Trump desperate enough to risk his own demise and the compromise of his beloved Russia’s security?
By now, barring some elaborate deception, even Putin must be wondering what kind of confused mind he’s dealing with. And we, you and I, well we get to watch the case against Trump unfold right in front of us.
Let’s stay tuned for the motive, see whether or what kind of smoking gun emerges. Could it be when all is said and revealed we may find The Case Against Trump is about the same obsession that’s sent many a poor soul to ruin since the dawn of civilization? What the O’Jays called Money, money, money, money, MONEY!
Dennis Edwards is the Interim-Pastor of Richmond’s Historic 4th Baptist Church. He is an Emmy Award Winning Investigative Television Journalist, a graduate of Virginia Union University and its Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology.