Wednesday was one of those scandal-detail-overload days. It’s one thing if there is a big blockbuster scoop that changes everything: We all run toward the light. But days like Wednesday are filled with various emerging details of different aspects of the Trump scandals that are potentially important — and in any other administration would cause bipartisan garment rending and calls for commissions, committee investigations and special counsels — but come out of left field and don’t really clarify anything.
Just to choose a couple of news nuggets yesterday, we learned from the New Yorker that the person who leaked Michael Cohen’s financial information was a law enforcement official, who did so out of concern that some important reports seemed to have been removed from the central FBI and Treasury Department databases. It’s possible that some data was walled off, perhaps by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, without nefarious intent. But corruption is so rampant in this administration, and the congressional majority is so protective of President Trump, that government bureaucrats are concerned that documents are being destroyed.
Keep in mind that the woman who is about to be confirmed as CIA director destroyed videotapes of torture. We learned just this week that the EPA had buried a major study about contaminated drinking water throughout the US because it would be a “public relations nightmare.” It’s not really paranoid to wonder if there might be something hinky about Michael Cohen’s financial records being “redacted,” or deciding your best bet was to give the info to an …read more