Why Does Trump Want These Documents So Bad Anyhow?

Having read the entire indictment, I am still left with the biggest mystery in the whole Trump and the classified documents. Why did he want them? What is in them that he wants to hold onto?

In the early stages, it could have just been a mistake. Trump is impetuous. Trump is stubborn. Trump is unwilling to show weakness to his perceived enemies. But it is more than that.

The evidence shows that he put great effort into holding on to the docs, or at least certain parts of it. He moved files around. He moved them around again. He removed parts of files (or considered it). And he had been informed many times along the way. He knew the stakes, knew that there was a good chance he would be in serious trouble for this.Trumps actions are not those of someone being careless.

Most damning, “TRUMP indicated that he wanted to be at The Mar-a-Lago Club when Trump Attorney 1 returned to review his boxes on June 2, and that TRUMP would change his summer plans to do so.”

Donald Trump is not a guy to change his vacation or travel plans lightly. As President he put less hours into the job than any President in modern history and prioritized golf over most business. There is no way he would have changed his plans unless it was important. Unfathomable.

So what did he want these boxes for? At multiple points he could have shrugged his shoulders, things happen, and given them back and no one would have gotten too upset about it (like Biden and Pence and others have done). Why was it so important for him to try and pull a fast one rather than just give them back? I don’t believe he was planning to sell them, give them away, or do anything to directly betray the country. For memoirs? To remove incriminating evidence from the record (but I assume there are more copies of these)? To show that some of his opponents did things just as bad? I am truly puzzled.

George Winston, R.I.P.

I distinctly remember the first time I heard George Winston. Working on Folio (the school annual arts magazine) at Howard Shen’s house, someone put on a cassette tape of Autumn. It was distracting enough that I stopped working. It had been a long day, I might have even drifted off. I asked who this pianist was and got the tape the next day. That was almost 40 years ago, and the songs from Autumn have remained in my every daymix ever since. I saw him live twice and he was just as good in person.

George was a real master. He could make simple themes ring out. His sense of dynamics and volume was superb. And he understood how to bring the best kind of reverb and tone from his instrument.

In my mind, there’s no better place to appreciate his music than with Autumn. And there’s no better track than the very first one: Colors/Dance. Put aside ten minutes and dive into this beautiful song.