Now that the Mueller Report has been released it can clearly be seen that what President Trump is guilty of is Obstruction of Injustice. A crime almost as serious as balancing the budget. Ask Scott Walker. While the official investigation took two years to complete, it’s been known for a while there was no evidence of “collusion“, whatever that means.
We now know that the President dispatched several people to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. (Not to be confused with the hacked DNC emails which were the predicate of the collusion accusation). One of which was his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who sent an email to the Kremlin press office seeking an introduction. Similarly, it’s been reported that Vladimir Putin expressed frustration after the election that he didn’t have any contacts with the new administration. He also had a message sent to Hope Hicks, the President’s Communications adviser, asking for an introduction. So much for secret back channels.
But as the report lays out in detail, considerable attention was given to determining if the President’s behavior amounts to Obstruction of Justice. It seems odd that if you’re not guilty of a crime (no specific crime was ever alleged in the appointment of the special counsel) you can be accused of Obstruction. But if Jonathan Turley says you can then I accept his word. Even though the investigation was completed, no executive privilege claimed and over one million documents provided by the White House to investigators. No hard drives wiped or smashed with hammers.
James Comey, the FBI Director, whom the President fired, worked for the President and provided ample grounds for his termination. This at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who then appointed the Special Counsel. Confused yet?
Proving guilt isn’t what matters as the political class plays a game of perception rather than reality. In fact much of our culture does the same, although for lesser stakes. It doesn’t matter that a crime hasn’t been identified, let alone guilt proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The accusation is sufficient. What is problematic now for the President’s detractors is that the Special Counsel couldn’t make the case for Obstruction either.
As stated in the report, Mueller found that the behavior President Trump engaged in, while questionable in many respects, lacked intent. Trumps actions were largely an effort to battle the political fallout from an investigation rather than an attempt to cover-up illicit behavior. Indeed the much reported “I’m fuc*ed” statement refers to the political implications rather than exasperation at something being found out. But how many readers know that. Perception as reality indeed.
Similarly, the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Paul Manafort, Don Trump Jr., and Steve Bannon, wasn’t as it seems, as they weren’t aware that the meeting was against the law. Also not illegal as they didn’t pay for or receive anything of value which is the legal threshold for accepting assistance from foreign governments and campaign finance violations. And as Real Clear Investigation has published, this is looking more and more like a set-up.
So is this the end of the collusion chapter? Not a chance. Because our betters will never stop fighting for power. As Yoni Appelbaum of Atlantic Magazine demonstrates, impeachment should now proceed because President Trump’s efforts at defending himself and preserving his presidency, don’t strike them as Presidential. Or something.
Be careful what you wish for. The author references Vice President John C. Calhoun who in 1826 requested the House of Representatives begin impeachment proceedings so that he could clear his name from allegations of corruption against him. While I neither wish to re-litigate the collusion chapter or make political prognostications, it would appear there is far more evidence of interfering with an election, Russian collusion, and persecuting of political enemies by Team Clinton than the Trump Organization. This week evidence is coming to light that a domestic political spying operation may have been in place since 2012. Stay tuned.
The observation I wish to make is that the outrage over The Donald’s deplorable behavior as the source of the breakdown in our civility and discourse is complete nonsense. President Trump certainly lacks class, integrity and honor. But it was Team Clinton that brought us the era of spin and the politics of personal destruction. Anyone remember James Carville? David Brock? Sidney Blumenthal? The characterization of opponents as wing nuts and conspiracy theorists? Paula Jones, a public servant, was called trailer trash. Ironically, it was the DNC who worked to secure the Republican nomination for Donald Trump with hundreds of millions in free media time. Talk about dirty tricks.
We’re at a point now where the left doesn’t even recognize the legitimacy of an opposition. In campaign finance law, main stream media, and across college campuses, opposition is silenced. Which conveniently eliminates any need for a debate of ideas. And this toxic environment was taken to new heights in 1992 as the husband and wife duo from Arkansas arrived in Washington, DC and set about destroying then President Bush who enjoyed some of the highest approval ratings of any President in history.
Indeed, the ruling class had rigged the game to insure Hillary Clinton won her party’s nomination and become the 1st woman President of the United States. The FBI’s “insurance policy” was a fabrication to insure that, in the unlikely event that she lost, the domestic spying and political corruption of the scandal free Obama administration would never see the light of day. But lose she did.
Donald Trump won because he’s a counter-puncher. The consensus for the 2016 election was that the country was looking for authenticity and an outsider. He’s both in spades. No one believes for a minute that Donald Trump has the policy solutions to our problems. But they know, and now it’s been confirmed, that in order to get to the solutions, we need to expose the corruption of the ruling class.
And the biggest crime you can commit is to get in the way. Especially by fighting back or making an effort to challenge the perception they work so hard to create. That’s what President Trump is guilty of. Obstruction of Injustice. Washington DC continues to demonstrate that while our founders didn’t get everything right, they were exceptionally on target when it comes to the dangers to individual liberty from concentrated government power. And of the imperative of a moral and educated citizenry.