“Your murderers come with smiles, they come as your friends…” — from “Goodfellas.”
Like a movie mob boss betrayed by queasy underlings, President Trump is under siege and surrounded by rats. More than anything else, the whistleblower complaint released today reveals that White House insiders were disturbed enough about the Don’s shakedown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to sing to the Feds.
Read the complaint here. It is a smoklng gun Trump pointed at himself. There’s a wealth of incriminating evidence in the complaint that Cult 45 and the GOP can try to spin away, but no one — especially Trump — can afford to ignore three words that appear throughout the document: “Multiple U.S. Officials.”
It’s clear from reading and confirmed by Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire’s testimony this morning before the House Intelligence Committee that the information that led to the complaint came from Trump’s own people. The president’s potentially criminal behavior was witnessed and reported by sources inside the White House.
Like an organized crime family, Trump’s long con of a presidency relies on a Code of Silence. The whistleblower complaint is empirical evidence that the West Wing is riven with rats who won’t quietly go down with the ship.
When the Don’s capos lawyer up, the end credits are never far behind.