“Truth isn’t truth,” proclaimed Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s resident counsel, guru and oracle. This comment is a like a reprise of Trump’s “would/wouldn’t” gaffe. He said that during his meeting with President Putin, and later sought to clean it up by saying he misspoke.
Giuliani’s remark came as he was attempting to explain why his client should not testify for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, fearful that Trump would be trapped in a lie.
It would seem that if you have nothing to hide, no fear of wrongdoing in Mueller’s probe of possible Russian interference in the presidential election of 2016, there should be no concern about being trapped in perjury.
The trap Trump should be worrying about is the one being set by his former attorney Michael Cohen as he pleads guilty to tax fraud and hush money payments that implicate his former client. Moreover, Trump might be snared in the testimony delivered by White House counsel Donald McGahn to the special counsel.
We still have no idea what the other Donald had to say during his 30 hours of interviews and to what degree any of that has repercussions for Trump.
In all of the current scenarios surrounding the beleaguered leader, the element of truth is of paramount importance. It resonated in the trial of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, who was found guilty of eight of the 18 counts he faced. During these proceedings, it was a matter of Manafort versus his former colleague Rick Gates as to who was telling the truth.
The jury might still be out on Giuliani’s notion of the truth, but they have issued a verdict on Manafort and it’s to be seen if Trump, who called him a “good man” will exercise his executive power and pardon him.
Now that Cohen has begun his plea bargaining process, it will be important to see how his notion of the truth plays out. When it comes to the question of obstruction of justice, Cohen said he witnessed at least an aspect of Trump’s intent to do so.
Truth may be a relative thing, depending on who’s calling the shots, but in the realm of mendacity where Trump resides, the truth has been taken for a ride. He would have us believe that climate change doesn’t exist, that Obama was not born in the U.S. and that he can make America great again, but we know that to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!