Trump is obviously trying to distract Americans from the Russian scandal that gets worse for him every day, such as his Twitter rant about Sally Yate’s hearing today:
But Rachel Maddow points out the biggest piece of misdirection yet, reporting on something the Trump administration did right after today’s hearing ended:
“We now know a lot more about this investigation, specifically about the still-unexplained behavior of this White House when it came to this red-hot issue of their secret contacts with the Russian government. That is bad news. That is very, very bad news for this White House. And as soon as this hearing ended today, the White House floated the news that they are considering basically redeclaring war in Afghanistan, starting the war there all over again in its 16th year, which had the practical effect of shoving the headlines on this hearing today down toward the bottom of the page, at least at the Washington Post. And that is as cynical as I have felt about anything else in politics in many, many years. It has been 108 days of this presidency so far – that’s it – and already we are at this level of cover-up and scandal.”
So, the administration re-declared war in Afghanistan so that they could distract people from the Yates hearing. His fear of the Russian investigation is apparent, and now he’s willing to put American soldiers in harm’s way to try and mislead the public.
But the Russian investigations aren’t going away, and, as Maddow said, this is “very, very bad news for this White House.”