Two weeks before the Mueller indictments, the Trump propaganda machine began to trumpet the line that Mueller should be investigating Hillary Clinton for a uranium deal. E.J. Dionne understands the Trump game plan:
Trump’s rampage against Clinton focuses on the 2010 purchase of Uranium One, a Canadian company with U.S. assets, by the Russian nuclear authority. The deal was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States when Clinton was secretary of state.
But the conspiracy side of this story was debunked long ago. As The Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler reported this week, Clinton, “by all accounts, did not participate in any discussions regarding the Uranium One sale” and the sale “does not actually result in the removal of uranium from the United States.”
And, after the terrorist attack in New York, Trump ramped up his distraction strategy:
Trump moved to exploit the murderous New York City truck attack by casting blame on Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer because the Democrat had backed the diversity visa lottery. Trump tweeted in response to the then-unconfirmed but later verified reports that the driver of the truck, Sayfullo Saipov, entered the United States from Uzbekistan under the program. Schumer, by the way, supported a bipartisan 2013 immigration reform bill that would have abolished the lottery.
Both of Trump's claims are boldfaced lies. But that comes as no surprise:
From the moment he descended that escalator at Trump Tower in 2015, he made clear that he would say and do anything to advance his purposes and to eviscerate anyone who opposed him.
It’s essential to recognize that Trump is faithfully following the autocrat’s playbook. He’s trying to undermine a lawful inquiry that endangers his hold on power. He has suggested that his opponent in the last election deserves to be jailed. He’s inventing stories about dark coverups by his enemies to sow confusion about the proven facts of his own team’s skulduggery. And now he is blaming his foes for violence and disorder.
Reports suggest that Roger Stone is the brains behind Trump's disinformation campaign. If you have access to Netflix, I suggest you watch the documentary Get Me Roger Stone. Stone got his start in Richard Nixon's dirty tricks shop. He was in business with Paul Manafort. He is proud of what he has done and continues to do.
After watching the documentary, you may feel the need to take a shower.