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Speculative comments on the future of the GOP post-Trump — being better with any POTUS other than Trump, moving forward in better condition after Trump exits (via the 25th Amendment, impeachment, voted out, or natural end of term, etc.), Mike Pence being a boy scout above reproach (and therefore not subject to actions similar to what’s happened to or been proposed for removing the president) — reminded me of an excellent article recently penned by Andrew McCarthy. I recommend for an excellent clear description of proper grounds to assign a Special Counsel. I’ll weave some of Andy’s points into some of my own thoughts on the subject.
What’s happened to Trump before, during, and after the election is not about the law; it’s not really about Trump. It’s about power; specifically in this case, the power to promote or halt the Leftist agenda. As Trump’s conservative successes multiply (and Leftists’ diminish), so does resistance against him. Any other individual replacing Trump, boy scout or not, who also slows the Leftist roll will experience resistance in proportion to their success. Other GOP may espouse similar basic goals as Trump, but will they be as successful achieving them? History indicates it’s been years since some of the Trump administration’s accomplishments have been repeated if ever, and not since Reagan (and many before him) has there been another US president as successful in impeding — even reversing some of — the Leftist agenda as Trump has done the last 20 months.
I should disclose that at the time of Robert Mueller’s appointment as Special Counsel, I wanted to find out the truth about the Russian collusion allegations, and hoped he would conduct a fair and thorough investigation of those events given the gravity of the uncharted territory we were in and the glowing recommendation he received from many Republicans.
Sixteen months later and the phrase “witch hunt” is inadequate to describe the many known abuses of truth, justice, and the American way — let alone the possible unknown abuses (one has the impression tip of an iceberg may apply). When you consider a political candidate such an unacceptable threat it becomes okay to subvert the law/agency protocols so that you (as agents/representatives of the US government)
- send people to entrap/spy on members of his campaign,
- submit spurious applications to obtain warrants to surveil private citizens connected to that candidate,
- leak internal government memos to the press after being fired for cause with the stated purpose of initiating an investigation for which you know there is no crime that could/should be handled by regular DOJ staff,
- create a media echo chamber to whip up enough hysteria that it makes elected representatives of his own party push for investigating that candidate without naming a crime on which to base such an investigation,
- draft an authorization memo with a scope kept secret from Congress and the public
- a scope so broad that it allows Counsel and his team (several of whom would likely have to recuse themselves for their conflicts of interest in any other case but this one apparently,) to
- violate near sacrosanct legal tenets like attorney-client privilege and search/seizure protections, and
- subvert long-held federal guidelines against excessively aggressive enforcement tactics normally reserved for drug lords/mafia kingpins, and overly zealous arm twisting (threaten family members, prosecute knowingly giving different answers as to timeline of events with jail time) to get confessions/plea agreements,
Is there much else you would not do?
Claims of “Mueller’s not done” and may yet find something is grasping at straws when one considers it’s 16 months in and no charges related to the investigation’s ostensible purpose have been filed against the campaign despite the enormous amount of ill-gotten material Mueller’s amassed via the commando raids conducted at his team’s instigation. Think commando raids is too strong, a bit hyperbolic? Ask Manafort’s wife or kids how they feel about being rousted at gunpoint early in the morning; or the GSA employees who, when the GSA director who guaranteed the Trump campaign privacy died, were forced to hand over computers and streams of Trump campaign documents/files to demanding badge-waving FBI agents flouting the privacy agreement (and US campaign precedent).
“Mueller is just doing his job and needs to be allowed to finish” is not good enough. What I’ve described is true, it’s wrong on so many levels, and it needs to stop now. As Andrew McCarthy notes, DOJ having identified no crime or no basis for Donald Trump having conspired to commit a crime, the Republican-controlled Congress should be demanding an explanation for why there is a criminal investigation of the President.
(continued in Part 1b here)