These revelations, part of Esper’s recent tell-all book, “A Sacred Oath,” raise an obvious question: If Trump was insinuating even such reckless ideas, why didn’t Esper speak up sooner?
The result? A nation bitterly polarized and largely paralyzed by its differences.
Given Barr’s loyalty to Trump, no one could have dismissed him as a knee-jerk adversary had he offered his assessment of Trump’s state of mind. Given his cabinet status, had he signed an affidavit testifying to Trump’s post-election priorities, he might have persuaded a few Republicans to reconsider their positions during his second congressional trial. But he remained silent and Trump, once again, was acquitted – further tightening his grip on the GOP for the foreseeable future.
In fairness, it should be noted that Trump officials were not the only ones withholding critical information, which could have informed political debate, for their books.
Each of them could have drawn serious attention to the former president had he spoken out while in office, but all fell silent when their country needed it. Now it seems that when the truth mattered most, they chose selling books instead.