Trump is hiding something by offering to pay his staff’s legal fees

A report by Axios states  that Trump will pay the legal fees of his staff who are involved in the Russia investigation. The Russia investigation, by Robert Mueller, special counsel, centers around whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. Donald has yet to condemn Russia for their interference in the 2016 election and has told conflicting stories about his relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin. However, Donald will spend his energy paying legal bills of assistants in a probe he alleges is “a phony story”, because “there was no collusion”.

The Russia probe heats up

At least seventeen US intelligence agencies have said, indisputably, that Putin led a campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. They used several methods such as putting out news that was fabricated, skewed, or distorted. Russia created bot accounts on social media of people allegedly supporting Trump but were not real. In addition, they disseminated stolen E-Mails and communications between Hillary and her campaign Associates. They created edited videos, taken out of context, showing questionable statements made by Hillary. However, some of the stuff they distributed to the US public was true about Hillary, nevertheless, they put out a lot of false and fabricated material as well. They also hacked into US systems and agencies. These actions are being investigated by Congress.

However, there is another investigation. This investigation is a criminal investigation relating to the Trump’s campaign’s involvement in Russian interference. Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, is leading this investigation. It has been reported that Mueller’s team conducted a raid on Paul Manafort’s home, the former campaign manager for Trump. As a result of that raid and intense investigation, several outlets claimed that Manafort might be indicted for multiple crimes. Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, said that Manafort is likely facing “serious criminal charges”.

Paul Manafort is not the only campaign advisor of Trump’s that is being investigated.  Michael Flynn, a former campaign advisor and National Security Advisor, is also being investigated. At a certain point in the investigation, Flynn’s lawyers made an offer to produce Flynn to testify as long as he received immunity from prosecution. The deal has not been accepted. However, Michael may have perjured himself, received foreign money without disclosing it to the Government, and worked as an agent for a foreign power. He was a very prominent person in the Trump campaign and was also very vocal. Flynn led the chants, at The Republican National Convention screaming “lock her up”, in reference to Hillary Clinton. Nevertheless, since his alleged crimes have been made public, he has virtually disappeared from the public eye.

Then there is Donald Jr. and Jared Kushner, who are both part of the Trump family and have had questionable interactions with Russians during the election. For example, Donald Jr. had a meeting, by his own admission, that he failed to disclose when he was previously asked, with Russian operatives who claimed to have had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Donald Jr. not only attended this meeting to get information in what they called “Russia’s efforts to support Trump”, he also responded in an email with “love it” about receiving that information from Russian operatives. He knew, at that time, that Russia was attempting to help his father win an election and he did not say a word. It is alleged that he is now under investigation too.

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law, and advisor, of Donald, is also in deep trouble for forgetting to disclose his business relationships with Russia and his meeting with Russians when he got a security clearance. He has modified his disclosure forms multiple times because he continues to forget about businesses, interactions, meetings that he was required to report. He is also allegedly under investigation.

All of these men worked with or for Trump in his campaign for President.

However, Trump not wanting the Russia investigation to proceed, he admittedly fired the former FBI Director, James Comey, who was investigating the possible crimes of US citizens colluding with Russians. After firing Comey, Donald gives an interview with NBC News and admits, on national television, that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation. That singular action led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel and the investigation of Trump, personally, for obstruction of justice.

Trump is hiding something.

Donald has not proven, throughout his adult life, to be the most generous person. He has been accused of not paying contractors for work after it’s complete, not paying his legal fees, breaching agreements, not paying charitable contributions as he claimed and so many other things. However, he is now willing to pay the legal fees of his staff for a case he says has absolutely no merit. It is plausible that overnight he’s become more generous, but I highly doubt that’s the case. Contrarily, I ponder over what he is hiding or what he knows his staff is aware of, that he wants to control.

Trump does not do anything without some personal gain.  For example, he used veterans as a reason to boycott a Fox News debate because he claimed they weren’t being favorable to him. After alleging that he raised six million dollars for the veterans, he had to be hounded by the media to get him to release the money to the veterans. He doesn’t part well with money.

He is accused of obstructing justice in the Russia investigation, having business deals in Russia that he has failed to disclose and possibly colluding with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election. Those claims, if corroborated with evidence, can cost him his presidency. If it is determined that he committed a crime or crimes, he will almost certainly be impeached and removed from office. This investigation is the greatest threat he is facing.

His willingness to personally pay his staffs’ legal fees warrants much speculation. While Trump shouldn’t have any control over the way his staffs’ cases are handled, it’s hard to imagine that he won’t have influence if he’s paying their legal fees. That is specifically why he’s willing to pay their legal fees. This gesture, by Trump, was not made because Trump is innocent, it was made because Trump has something to hide and he wants to control what his staff by buying their silence.

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