Sunday, August 6, 2017

Toronto Star -- We now know how the Trump presidency will end. Let's hope we survive (VIDEO)

The outlines of the end are becoming more clear, as Robert Mueller’s investigators dig away. Expect things to be vicious.

 By Tony Burman
The Toronto Star’s Tony Burman lists 5 ways the Trump presidency can end.

Whatever way it ends, Burman says “It will end badly.”

Here are Burman’s ending paragraphs:

A revealing preview of what Mueller is undoubtedly discovering was featured as the extensive cover story of September’s issue of the U.S. magazine New Republic. Written by investigative journalist Craig Unger, the story was titled: Married to the Mob: What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia.

 Unger was stark in his conclusions: Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.

More than anyone, Trump knows what Mueller will discover. He knows the legal peril that he and his family are in. He also knows that his presidency is certain to end -- in some way -- if that story ever becomes public.

We should remember this when we see how Trump acts in the weeks to come. Like a cornered rat, he will fight to protect his interests. In every conceivable way, he will work to stop Mueller’s probe, to challenge Congress if it intervenes, to undermine the press and judiciary if they get in the way and -- yes -- even to engage in reckless military adventures if he thought that would strengthen his position.

This next stage of this Trump story will no longer be a diverting reality show. It will be the moment when Americans -- and the rest of us -- will learn if U.S. democracy is strong enough to stop him.