Who knew we’d all become quasi-legal experts

Dear President Trump,

I’m not sure I’d even want to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office today since I doubt I’d make it out alive. Maybe if I held really still and hid somewhere, like in the drapes, I could listen in on your unraveling without being swatted at. That might be the ticket. I bet there are millions of us who would love to have more of a front row seat as things unfold with this latest move by Mueller and the rest of the upper echelons of law enforcement.

Yesterday when I heard about agents raiding Cohn’s office, home, and hotel room and taking materials related to his work for you, I felt disoriented and confused, thinking to myself “wait, can they do that?” I also worried that it was a “too good to be true” sort of thing and that maybe they’d gone too far. Who knew at the beginning of your presidency that we would all become quasi-legal experts such that we’d come to understand the conditions under which it is determined necessary to go with a search warrant to obtain materials from an attorney. Seriously, you all are helping to educate us in so many ways about so many things. As much as I’d rather just worry about what to make for dinner tonight, I suppose learning about how our democracy is set up with checks and balances embedded throughout its layers is really a good thing. And it is what it is – the current situation requires us to pay attention and do our best to get and stay woke.

Given how very high the bar is for being able to execute this sort of search, the prospects for getting to the bottom, or at least a bunch closer to it, of your shady dealings seem really, really good. And, I keep having this niggly worry that there will be nothing of substance related to you, that you all would have communicated with that email platform that destroys messages automatically and that you would have instructed Cohn not to keep anything about you on paper or in electronic files. Obviously it will be in his personal best interest (unless you meet him on 5th Avenue….) to be able to produce damaging material on you, but if he really is your “fixer” you probably somehow made sure he could never, ever flip on you. We’ll see.

I wish I knew how to play chess so I’d know what to call this latest move on Mueller et al.’s part, but at this point the most important thing is seeing how hard you try to end the game. It already seems you are trying to throw the board out the window with your commentary about how the country is under attack, which as Jennifer Rubin pointed out this morning in the WP, is akin to you saying you are the country and the country is you. Not. The other critical angle to watch is whether your GOP accomplices stand by and continue to fail to rein you in; will they let you fire Mueller or Rosenstein or Sessions or all of them? Fortunately for all of us, I think the chessboard is our constitutional democracy and you won’t be able to get rid of it no matter how hard you try. We the people have to remember, though, that because our constitutional democracy isn’t an impervious physical object we can just leave in a vault for safekeeping, we all are required to protect it even if it means we are in the profoundly messed up situation that we must protect it from our president.

May we safeguard what is true and precious about our country.
May we be happy to keep calling out your tyrannical, autocratic moves.
May we keep each other healthy and strong for the duration.
May we keep choosing the high road and meet your attacks with intelligence and integrity.

Tracy Simpson

p.s., This letter is longer than I usually allow myself, but some days exceptions to some rules are reasonable. ts

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