This comes some 24 hours after Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein made big news by telling Fox News Sunday that if the special counsel finds evidence of crimes in the course of his probe into Russian sabotage of our election – it may be within the scope of his investigation to pursue them.
In these seemingly disparate developments it is hard not to discern the potential for a volatile combustible combination.
Because Trump is undermining our democratic norms and processes in so many ways it is often easy to focus on each of them in isolation rather than as part of the same larger story.
But taken together they point to a possible climax in which Trump – cornered by revelations unearthed by Robert S. Mueller III’s probe and by ongoing media scrutiny – seeks to rally his supporters behind the idea that this outcome represents not the imposition of accountability by functioning civic institutions but rather an effort to steal the election from him – and from them.
This echoed Trump himself – who recently told a rally that the probe is an effort to ‘cheat’ his supporters out of their legitimately elected leadership (i.e., him) with a ‘fake story’ that is ‘demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution’.
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