While you can’t pay attention …

B. Jay Cooper
6 min readMay 11, 2020

If you don’t think that Donald Trump and his Administration threaten our country’s basic values, traditions and laws, then you haven’t been paying attention. Or course it’s hard to keep up with the news and provide for your family’s needs during a pandemic.

What is happening not normal and a second term only would free him from whatever bonds may bind him right now.

News runs by our eyes so quickly that we don’t take the time to see the different stories and how they look taken together.

Among the news items you may have missed just last week, the White House pulled back its document laying out for states and businesses what a safe return to business as usual would require. Among the prerequisites on the list prepared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was that the location go 14 days without an increase in Covid19 cases. That’s out the window now along with many other sensible health requirements.

The White House just tossed those last week with the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany saying that the head of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, had not signed off on them. That was a lie. Redfield did sign off on the list based on internal emails obtained by the Associated Press. The order to shelve the guidance, according to the AP, came from the “highest levels of the White House.”

Also last week, Attorney General William Barr announced his department is dropping its case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn claiming, basically, that procedure wasn’t properly followed. In effect he’s saying that the investigation should not have been started, and thus Flynn was interviewed about an investigation that shouldn’t be happening so his lies don’t count. Remember, Flynn twice admitted to prosecutors and the court that he lied during the investigation. In pleading guilty in court Flynn said, “I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and through my faith in God, I am working to set things right.”

So far, no one can find a precedent for Barr’s action. President Trump was likely to pardon Flynn but Barr’s action removes that from Trump’s to-do list, thus protecting the president from issuing Flynn a pardon which definitely would have been a big campaign issue this year.

Waiting in the wings is Roger Stone, a very close ally of Trump’s for decades. Stone has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after being convicted in…

B. Jay Cooper

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.