(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 14, 2019) — Is Donald Trump a traitor? That’s the question at the heart of the FBI probe into the President, an inquiry taken over by Robert Mueller. It’s a large question, as outsized as Trump himself.

Short answer, based on the hard evidence thus far: No. That said, the final determination must wait until Mueller releases his findings. Then an entirely different set of questions will be raised boiled down to one: Was Mueller able to conduct a fair and impartial investigation?

Donald Trump has throughout his career cast a large shadow, one that alternately provides welcome shade and blocked the disinfectant of sunshine. He is the living equivalent of the fictional Charles Foster Kane as depicted in Orson Welles’ film epic Citizen Kane. What ever you say about him is true, even the lies. Somehow they will prove true. You love him. You hate him. He fascinates. He enrages. Recent national politics has never seen his ilk. It may never be the same. It’s an ilk that, like your first martini, becomes an acquired taste. First sip produces a recoil. Second and beyond will make you settled for life, for or against.

Trump is God’s gift to the “new” media, dependent as it is on a relentless, 24/7 news cycle that carves the day into instant, microsecond “updates.” Trump has made more journalists and media personalities lazy than the open bar at a bank’s Christmas party. They don’t have to work for stories. The President hands them out like M&Ms on trick or treat in his tweets, words, actions and  reactions.

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It’s curious the FBI began its probe in secret only after Trump fired James Comey. Was this revenge launched by FBI staffers who were later summarily dismissed for cause? Then Mueller stepped in to examine the questions: Was (is) Trump a national security risk? Did he betray the strategic interests of America? Did he obstruct justice? How much influence has the Kremlin had in our domestic and foreign affairs? Did we pull out of Syria simply to appease Russia?

As THE PLANET reminds everyone, no hard evidence has been produced thus far. If it exists, Mueller is sitting on it or has yet to find it. Until the hard evidence comes forth, the probe cannot be judged. It will prove either to be a witch hunt in a land where monstrous trees come alive and give nest to vultures or justified in the “amber waves of grain” that harbor America’s founding ideals. Anyone who jumps in with a settlement before that wears his or her predispositions too obviously.

Over the weekend, Trump launched a characteristic barrage against the New York Times for the paper’s speculative piece on the FBI inquisition. Trump also blasted the FBI and Comey. He eschews the mild, diplomatic, “correct” language of national politicians, but so what? He achieves what most communicators find hard to convey, and that’s as close to 100% understanding of the sender’s message as the limits of human language allow (for nitpickers, we say “human” language because many animals and even insects communicate at sophisticated “linguistic” levels). More power to him.

Comey responded to Trump’s tweets by quoting FDR: ” … judge me by the enemies I have made.” Would Efrem Zimbalist Jr. have come up with something so lamely clever? That’s as believable as the President saying the White House is not in chaos or that newbie congresswoman with the Islamic-sounding last name wanting to be taken seriously while calling the President a “motherfucker.” We have entered a new era, one even beyond satire.

Let justice not partisanship decide if Trump is innocent or guilty.


“Depth is great — until you have to use it”Marv Levy, true until Bill Belichick turned it into a truism.



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  1. U
    January 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm #

    Tune in pctv 1301 now, no sound, what a f uped station. And what is Rivers doing repeating shows from months ago? Flip flop loser lawyer.

  2. mi
    January 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

    Storms coming beware of wild drivers,they’re out there.

  3. mi
    January 15, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

    Don’t look now but Syracuse knocked off No.Duke last night..humma.

    • Art Seller
      January 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

      The house has just condemned white nationalism. The house under repub control never addressed scump white supremisist remarks. Steve King has been admonished rightfully so and so should scump. The only accomplishment scump has as president has been the fostering of Russian interests. The new congress under democratic control is starting to make some good inroads against scump. Scump is like a rabid dog foaming at the mouth. James Comey will go down in history as the man who sunk scump. There is no one who can support scump and call themself an American. Those who support scump can only be called buffoons.

      • Art Seller
        January 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

        I see problems with William Barr being AG. I say this because Barr has met with scump and discussed the Mueller investigation With all the republicans lawyers in this country can’t we find one who hasn’t discussed the Mueller report with scump. This whole issue with Barr has scumps and the Russians finger prints all over it. The house should pass legalisation to protect Mueller. This is the only fair way to insure that the american people see Mueller’s report verbatim.

        • Art Seller
          January 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

          With scump as president Russia will have an easier time making inroads to western Europe. All of our allies realize that scump may be a Russian agent and we as Americans need to know whether he is or isn’t and fast. Our country is comprimised with this Russian agent running our country. His russiàn connections can not be tolerated any longer. He is a disgrace to our country.

    • danvalenti
      January 15, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

      Great game. SU got a miracle shot at halftime by Elijah Hughes, a 3/4 swish. Showed tenacity and clutch play. Huge win in the unpredictable ACC.

  4. CosbiesLadies
    January 15, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

    Mueller has the goodies,patience Art,patience.

    • Art Seller
      January 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

      Mueller has 33 indictments issued and in each case the perp either pled out or is in jail or scheduled to go to jail. Scump knows what he is facing and this is why he wants Barr as AG but it may backfire. Scumps support is erroding over this govt. Shutdown and the longer this goes on the more support scump will loose. In any event if he is still standing in 2020 he will never be elected again. His base is getting smaller every day. All his lies are catching up with him. Letitia must be salivating and is preparing to tear scump apart. It should be a good show.

  5. HarlanRinkleNutts
    January 15, 2019 at 7:57 pm #

    Quite frankly, I’m just about trumped out.

    • Art Seller
      January 15, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

      Harlan. So am I but we can’t let our guard down. That would be a big mistake. Just mentioning this buffoons name makes me sick. I can’t wait until we are free of him. It looks as though it won’t be much longer before he is in jail. We can rejoice then