Trump committed no crime; Democrats don’t care because the Russia investigation was always political – Washington Examiner
The neverending Russia-collusion saga was always political. Nothing makes that clearer than the Democrats calling for impeachment after Robert Mueller’s finding that there was no there there.
Mueller’s team declared in the report last week over and over again that they found no evidence that President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia and that they didn’t have the goods to accuse Trump of obstructing justice.
But now, we’re supposed to act like that whole thing about Russia was nothing — that the real concern is Mueller’s declining to state that Trump had broken the law in attempting to influence the investigation.
All the reasons Mueller made no determination on the obstruction question are spelled out in the report. The least of them is that Department of Justice policy says a sitting president is not to be charged with a crime. The other two reasons are far more important: that there was “substantial evidence” Trump was simply frustrated that the investigation was hamstringing his ability to govern and that there was no underlying crime (conspiracy with Russia) to begin with.
What justice can be obstructed if nothing wrong had occurred?
You will almost never get that context from the national media. Not that it matters.
Liberal New York Times columnist Charles Blow wrote Monday that House Democrats should impeach Trump solely to leave a stain on his presidency. “I can think of no president who has earned this rebuke more than the current one,” he wrote. “And, once a president is impeached, he is forever marked.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who is running for her party’s presidential nomination, has also called for impeachment.
Former Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., wrote this weekend in the Washington Post that impeachment should take place, not because Trump is necessarily guilty of anything (the report says he’s not, by the way!) but because it would build “the record” against his presidency.
Democrats pretended for two years that this was about defending democracy and reaffirming our institutions. Now the report is out, it gave them nothing, and they’ve decided to drop the act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had wanted to make Barack Obama “a one-term president” by wrecking his legislative agenda. Democrats want to make Trump a half-term president by imagining a crime.