Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has profiled President Donald Trump’s life and career for more than 30 years, said in an interview with Salon’s Chauncey Devega that the evidence available “suggests that Donald Trump is a traitor”.
Trump, who Johnston said “promised to drain the swamp and then stocked it with swamp monsters”, is no stranger to unethical business practices or traveling the circles of organized crime.
He comes from a family of criminals: His grandfather made his fortune running whorehouses in Seattle and in the Yukon Territory. His father, Fred, had a business partner named Willie Tomasello, who was an associate of the Gambino crime family. Trump's father was also investigated by the U.S. Senate for ripping off the government for what would be the equivalent of $36 million in today's money. Donald got his showmanship from his dad, as well as his comfort with organized criminals.
Johnston indicated that Trump’s comfort in such situations makes his cooperation with Russians all the more believable, and he believes that special counsel Robert Mueller will have ample evidence to support these claims:
The Trump tax returns are the beginning point. You have to get the books and records -- Donald has a long history of hiding books and records when they're sought by auditors. As for the Russians, it is beyond dispute at this point that the Trump campaign was actively involved in a conspiracy.
Mueller is going to report on tax fraud, he's going to report on the Russians and he is going to show that the Trump campaign was knowingly being helped by the Russians. Remember that the Australian, Dutch and British intelligence agencies, and maybe others, went to the FBI, State Department and other contacts and said, "You folks have a problem."
In the end, Johnston believes Trump will go down in history as a traitor, whether he is prosecuted or not -- which depends largely on whether Democrats regain control of the House and Senate, Johnston said.
Let me be very clear and quotable about this. At an absolute minimum, Donald Trump has divided loyalties, and the evidence we already have suggests that Donald Trump is a traitor. In fact, I would say that the evidence we already have, the public materials such as emails for example, strongly indicate that Donald Trump is a traitor. However, I don't even think he understands what he's done.