Trump’s Pecker in Trouble Again

Bezos Pecker

The headline pretty much sums up the situation, I think.

Meanwhile, permit my indulgence this afternoon in some confirmation bias.

For some time my intuition has been that Matthew Whitaker—lightweight, amoral, opportunistic, bottom feeder though he may be—is also a terrified, self-preserving bottom feeder

As I predicted, his terror and minimal sense of self=preservation seem to have stopped him from interfering with the Mueller investigation. Based on today’s hearing’s, Paul Waldman shares my view, and concludes, Whitaker hearing confirms it: On Mueller probe, Democrats have already won.

And, by the way, Mr. Whitaker’s days of public service are soon coming to an end, permitting him to retire into that deep obscurity that he so richly merits. Soon, William Barr will replace him as attorney general. Please let the record reflect my continued view that Mr. Barr—who is also an opportunist, though surely not a bottom feeder—is a Man with a Plan. And that plan is not to save Donald J. Trump.

Theodore Roosevelt Steering a Ship

The Curious Incident of Matt Whitaker in the Nighttime

Curious Incident

Rien, Nada, Bupkis, Diddlysquat

Between them, the Special Counsel and the S.D.N.Y. prosecutors are busy little bees. They appear to have lots of things going on. As of Thursday morning, two areas of inquiry are coming into clearer focus: (1) conspiracy by Trump and others to pay hush money to Trump’s harem, to keep them from getting into the headlines before the election, and (2) conspiracy to lie to Congress in a coordinated fashion, about Russia and other matters.

The recently-appointed Acting Attorney General, one Matthew Whitaker, has a resume that shows him to be a lightweight, a Trump lickspittle, and a bottom-feeding fraudster.

Reasoning from the relevant facts and circumstances, one might reasonably infer that he was appointed to high office, well beyond his depth, for the precise purpose of keeping the federal prosecutors from doing what they are now doing to Trump’s family and close associates.

But what, in fact, has Acting Attorney General Whitaker actually done to thwart the prosecutors?

As far as one can tell, the answer would be rien, nada, bupkis, diddlysquat.

Or, perhaps he has done, is doing, or plans to do something behind the scenes to serve his master and thwart the prosecutors. But evidence of any such activity is entirely missing. And, if he were doing anything at all to bestir himself on Trump’s behalf, I think the press would have got wind of it.

On the face of things, whatever his disabilities, Mr. Whitaker is not lacking in the self-preserving sense that God gave him, realizes his legal risk, and is not going to lift a finger for Trump.

Matthew Whitaker’s Little Problem

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Washington Post, In Matthew Whitaker, Trump has a loyalist at the helm of the Justice Department

Matthew Whitaker, Mueller’s investigation of Trump is going too far

Jonathan Chait, Trump Has Found His Roy Cohn in Matt Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker’s Little Problem

Whitaker’s little problem is that he has promised Trump that he, Whitaker, will do a job that cannot in fact be done without Whitaker himself committing one or more felonies.

A good person would not make such a promise. Obviously.

More to the point, even an entirely evil person would not put himself in that position if he had even a soupçon of the self-preserving sense that God gave him.