DEYAN RANKO BRASHICH was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, and is an Op-Ed columnist for Connecticut's Litchfield County Times.  He writes the monthly Letter From America column for Romania’s Scrisul Romanesc, a literary magazine and is the Editor-at-Large for  The Country and Abroad, another literary/art magazine where he authors the Dispatch from Abroad column. He is a frequent contributor to Pecat, the Belgrade, Serbia weekly news magazine, Britić, a magazine published in the United Kingdom, Ekurd Daily, a multinational Kurdish news portal and Passport, a lifestyle quarterly. He resides in New York City and Washington, Connecticut.

 

 

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Wednesday
Aug292018

THE ROUNDHOUSE WHITE HOUSE  

I was having lunch on the patio of the Roundhouse Hotel in Beacon, New York enjoying the air and the nearby waterfall when that old saw “Run to the roundhouse, Nellie, they can’t corner you there” popped to mind. What had prompted that random thought was Donald Trump’s present legal entanglement and dire predicament. How appropriate, how simply frightful, how delightful!

To date, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has notched six guilty pleas and convictions on his prosecutorial gun, with more soon to come. Rumors abound that the Trump Junior, the son and heir, as well as Jared, the son-in-law, may soon join the convicted felons and that others from the Trump orbit will follow. With accusations and indictments coming from all sides the “roundhouse” is an appropriate image.

It’s difficult to corner someone whose reality is evolving, ever changing, never constant. At the outset the White House categorically denied campaign contacts with Russia and Russian interests. Jeff Sessions – our stand-up Attorney General - perjured himself in denying Russian contacts but was forced to recant his false testimony. Michael Flynn in pleading guilty soon followed admitting meetings with Soviet officials. All in all, the press has documented 31 meetings between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian interests. Still another reality will be revealed when Mueller issues his final report or new indictments unsealed.

The reality of “alternate facts”, demonstrable falsehoods existing in a reality where a version of truth is not truth because “truth isn’t truth” turns a White House into a roundhouse where facts have expiration dates, have lifespans that are terminated at will making it difficult to assess responsibility, pin the blame.

Donald Trump has been forced into the roundhouse waiting to be cornered, drawn and quartered. He has three alternatives: he can stay the course and face impeachment by the House, trial by the Senate, and if he survives a senate trial, he still faces indictment and conviction after leaving office; he can tough it out and gamble on not being indicted or impeached, walking away unscathed and innocent; or he can cop a plea, make a deal, resign his office with a promise – much like Richard Nixon – of immunity and pardon for himself and those close and dear, Don Jr. and Jared. I personally see no other.

So, as I sit here finishing my beer I am tweeting: “Run to the roundhouse Donnie and hope Bobbie Mueller can’t corner you there”.  

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