Even as President Trump prepares to give his State of the Union Address to Congress tonight — a moment that should serve as a unifying annual centerpiece of any president’s agenda — he finds himself embroiled in countless scandals and buried beneath a mountain of bad press.
Just yesterday, it was revealed that federal prosecutors in New York have issued subpoenas as part of an investigation into Trump’s inaugural committee focusing on a series of possible crimes including everything from conspiracy against the U.S. to money laundering.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on CNN today and made a patently absurd effort to distance the administration from its own inauguration by making the frankly laughable claim it has “nothing to do with the Trump White House.”
Host John Berman pointed out that Sanders was not really correct in a broader sense because the subpoenas revolve around Trump’s inauguration and Trump’s campaign, both of which obviously involve Trump himself. He added that the president is at least a “common thread” in all the investigations.
“Those things that have taken place literally have absolutely nothing to do with the president. And they have everything to do with the fact that people are spending their entire life doing nothing but trying to find negatives when, in fact, the president has been incredibly successful. He’s had two of the most successful years we’ve ever seen under any first-term president,” Sanders said, employing her usual shameless obfuscation techniques.
Now, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has taken to Twitter to respond to Huckabee Sanders’ ridiculous remarks by compiling a list of all the things that Trump’s team has denied involvement in.
Schiff listed Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, his disgraced former National Security Michael Flynn, and his former Foreign Policy Adviser Papadopoulos, all of whom have pleaded guilty to some manner or array of crimes.
Schiff’s point is clear: where there’s smoke there’s fire and you’d have to be delusional to think Trump wasn’t involved in these men’s’ crimes.
Schiff ended the tweet by taking a shot at Trump’s “executive time” a euphemism for the mindboggling amount of time Trump sits around watching TV and tweeting instead of doing actual work. All in all, it was an efficient takedown of Huckabee Sanders and the corrupt president she serves.
Apparently Trump's Inauguration had nothing to do with Trump.
Nor did his campaign chairman.
Nor his lawyer.
Nor his national security adviser.
Nor his foreign policy adviser.
And given the amount of Executive Time, the presidency doesn't have much to do with him either. https://t.co/jTUaHP2s7c
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2019