Okay, so I’m going to do something that might surprise you. I’m going to agree with President Donald J. Trump on something.
Those of us who had picked “Wednesday morning” in the “When will Cheeto Mussolini squander the goodwill he generated in his speech Tuesday night and blurt out something totally nuts on Twitter” pool were sorely disappointed when Trump waited until the wee small hours of Saturday morning, March 4, 2017 to fish out his IPhone and use Twitter to reveal something so shocking that it could very well rock the foundations of our government. “Terrible!” Mr. Trump said. “Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Later, he compared this alleged breach of law to another historic outrage: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Immediately (or at least soon after they woke up), officials who would have been in the know about such things, such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey, were denying that any such thing ever happened. Comey reportedly even took the unusual step of asking the Department of Justice to go to the press and refute the claim—essentially asking them to call the President of the United States a liar. So far, AG Jeff Sessions and his hostages at the DOJ have not done so.
Meanwhile, the White House dispatched its people to the Sunday morning talk shows to once again explain that the guy who people voted for because he says what he means didn’t really mean what he said. The hapless Sarah Huckabee Sanders, filling in for the even more hapless Sean Spicer, tried desperately to shift the clear wording of the President’s tweets to mean that “if” this happened, there needed to be congressional investigations, to which reporters such as ABC’s Martha Raddatz noted with some vigor that the President didn’t say “if.” He said it happened, and where’s the proof? Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s alternate spokeswoman and purveyor of “alternative facts,” smugly asserted that the President knows it happened because he’s the President, so there. "He is the President of the United States,” Conway said. “He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not.” So will the President come out with the proof that only he has? Nope, Spicer said later. The White House won’t be saying any more about that until congressional “oversight is completed.”
So you know what? I agree with Trump and his people that we should have hearings on this, and right away. They shouldn’t take long and they’ll certainly be cheaper than the endless Benghazi boogaloo, because the first and only witness should be Donald J. Trump, and he should bring the “information and intelligence “ that only he has with him. I mean, it would be a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money to go through hours and hours, grilling witness after witness, subpoenaing document after document, when all the proof we need is in the tiny hands of the one man who knows what happened. Because surely the Leader of the Free World, the man who we trust with the nuclear codes, wouldn’t drop a bombshell accusation like that against his predecessor unless he had some pretty solid proof to back it up, would he? I mean, that would mean he was either some kind of lunatic or that he was trying to distract attention from some other burgeoning scandal that he was worried about, like, I don’t know, Russian interference on his behalf in our election.
Or wait...Trump did say that “This is McCarthyism!” But Senator Joseph McCarthy of Red Scare fame wasn’t known for personally wiretapping people. He was, however, well-known for making scurrilous accusations based on information that he claims only he had. On one famous occasion, he claimed to have a list of 205 known Communists working in the State Department. When asked to produce the list, he claimed it was in a suit coat still in his luggage. And the number of Commies kept changing. Sometimes it was 52, other times 87. Bottom line was, he never produced the list. So, when President Donald J. Trump tweeted “This is McCarthyism!” was he actually referring to the tweet itself?
I guess that’s a question we can ask him when he testifies. Time to lay the cards down, Mr. President-- or fold and show us you were bluffing all along.
Dusty Rhoades lives, writes, and practices law in Carthage. His new Jack Keller novel, “Hellhound on My Trail,” releases this week. The first novel in the series, “The Devil’s Right Hand” has been optioned for television.
J.D. Rhoades was born and raised in North Carolina. He has worked as a radio news reporter, club DJ, television cameraman, ad salesman, waiter, practicing attorney and newspaper columnist. His weekly column has won two NC Press Association Awards.
His first novel, THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, was released in 2005 and was nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award for Best First Novel. GOOD DAY IN HELL, his second novel featuring North Carolina bail bondsman Jack Keller, was released in March 2006. SAFE AND SOUND, July 2007, also features Jack Keller. BREAKING COVER, July 2008, is a stand-alone thriller, and was followed by BROKEN SHIELD. The first three Keller novels are available in ebook, and the fourth never-before-published Jack Keller novel, DEVILS AND DUST, released in hardcover and ebook on February 24, 2015.
We have included links below to his blog as well as his site on Amazon where you can purchase his books.