The following are the insights and opinions of a former senior congressional staffer who is now enjoying what he calls the “…happy uncertainty of a self-imposed semi-retirement.” He spent nearly eleven years working on Capitol Hill, arriving there shortly before Barack Obama became president, and then leaving shortly after Donald Trump succeeded him. His extended family’s ties to prior administrations go back decades – at the highest levels. Now approaching middle-age, (ancient by D.C. staffer standards) and despite all that time in the belly of the “D.C. beast” he still manages to look younger than his years. He’s quick to laugh, slow to anger, and enjoys the occasional (and most often inappropriate) joke while also being an occasional (and always highly valued) D.C. Whispers’ source. His contact list is an impressive who’s-who of D.C. power players (a benefit of his political pedigree of which he readily admits he had nothing to do with) including both active and retired politicians, staffers, and (too many) lobbyists. (He feels most lobbyists are decent people working in what he calls an epically f*cked up system.) He has attended two inauguration balls, four Congressional retreats, (to which he says members of Congress drink – a lot) and seven State of the Union addresses.
He’s also good friends with a since-departed network news/entertainment television talent who has been more than willing of late to spill the goods on any number of subjects and says he might be convinced to share some of those stories here as well.
First and foremost, though, is his deepening concern over what is taking place in the city he used to call home, Washington D.C., and the country he loves – America.
Plenty knew it was coming, including the Trump White House. Mueller has been slow-playing it for a while. I’m talking about the Russian operatives move – the indictments. They are largely baseless, a big overreach that amounts to allegations of talking down Hillary Clinton and talking up Donald Trump. If that were suddenly illegal almost the entire media complex would have to be indicted, right?
Mueller is trying to paint a grand conspiracy picture here. A list of names will be leaked. Each will come with a prepackaged background story. The media will blast the news far and wide over the weekend: SCANDAL-SCANDAL-SCANDAL – even though nothing has actually been proven to implicate Trump.
Here’s the deal. It’s been done before. On a smaller scale, but it’s coming from a very old playbook that Mueller has likely read a thousand times over.
Oh, and the Russians are cooperating with Mueller at least to some degree. You never really know with them and I have to think he’s experienced enough to know that.
This “breaking news” drop was coordinated by Mueller with help from these Russian operatives.
Hold on tight. This ride is just starting to climb.