Obstruction of justice, emoluments and Venezuela are three things in the dark cloud hovering over Trump, and we can expect a gloomy forecast in the coming days.
With Attorney General William Barr taking a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference, perhaps more light will be shed and the nation will get a better idea how much obstruction of justice actually applies to Trump.
Key to Barr’s appearance and testimony will be his response to Mueller’s complaint that his work and Barr’s summary were mischaracterizations. And Barr will certainly get more heat if he chooses to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Trump and his camp cannot be pleased that a U.S. district judge has ruled that Democrats in Congress can proceed with their lawsuit against Trump, alleging that his private business violates the Constitution’s ban on gifts or payment from foreign governments.
The lawsuit is one of two landmark cases against Trump on emoluments and it’s the most far-reaching, though we can expect a round of appeals.
Most pressing, and where violence has erupted, is in Venezuela where opposition protesters clashed with supporters of President Maduro’s government. For several weeks Trump has voiced and backed the opposition forces led by Juan Guaidó, and he recently endorsed an attempted coup.
While the opposition claims that 54 nations agree that Maduro’s government is illegitimate, Russia and Cuba are steadfast behind Maduro.
The Trump administration since it came to power has taken actions to dismantle the normalization policy initiated by President Obama on Cuba. Trump’s call for a “full and complete embargo” and sanctions on Cuba is a renewal of the Cold War policy against the island nation.
Knowing how bellicose and belligerent Trump can be, military intervention in Venezuela is a possibility, and that would come as no surprise given U.S. history in the destabilization of Latin American governments.
Again we get mixed reports from the Trump administration with Trump saying one thing and John Bolton, the national security adviser, saying something different.
The best position on this is to let the people of Venezuela solve its problems. Trump has enough issues to deal with at home rather than meddling in foreign affairs in which his involvement would only worsen the situation.
His political stance on this is clear, and he realizes that a victory there for the opposition would go a long way toward improving his chances of re-election, and this is an outcome of nightmarish proportion.
When it comes to domestic or foreign affairs, Trump has made a mess of things; his incompetency is not only hurtful but dangerous. That is why we continue to shout that to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!