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On Thursday, President Trump responded to reports that special counsel, Robert Mueller, was now looking into possible obstruction of justice charges, altering the investigation from its original inquiry into Trump’s purported collusion with Russia during the election, with a flurry of tweets. In one tweet he asks, “Why is it that Hillary Clinton’s family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?”
The probe into obstruction charges was in response to FBI Director Comey’s firing in May. Newt Gingrich painted Mueller’s efforts as “dangerous,” and referred to the probe as “the tip of the deep state spear aimed at destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency.”
Gingrich’s comments are particularly apt in that they get to the heart of the actual risk the investigation poses to Trump’s administration. The risk is not to Trump personally. What other political figure has ever gone through such intense scrutiny, either as a politician or as a private citizen, and with no smoking gun ever to be found? If anti-Trump forces had something on Trump, they would have disclosed it by now.
The most his adversaries have been able to come up with after years of searching is the infamous Trump audio, put out to embarrass him and derail his campaign. Cringe worthy as it may have been, it was not a federal offense. No, the danger is that such investigation undermines his presidency by taking the focus off draining the swamp and doing the work he was elected to do. It bogs down his agenda and keeps him from being effective.
In fact, far from getting to the bottom of things (because if these accusations were true, they would be quite serious), what is actually found is evidence to suggest misconduct by his accusers: think Obama surveillance and Democratic efforts to influence the election—yes, even Clinton’s Russian ties. Or, as it pertains to Comey, concerns about Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s independence; which is why Trump has every right to try to steer the conversation back to Clinton’s actual crimes. Why shouldn’t he? I would.
Yes, investigations into Trump’s conduct will only result in regret for Democrats, revealing scandal after scandal and strengthening the resolve of the person on the street to ignore what is reported by the legacy media, altogether, at least as it pertains to Trump.
And in regard to the Comey’s termination, Comey was fired because he deserved to be fired, plain and simple. Both Democrats and Republicans have made the case that he should have been removed. Though some, such as former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, have described him as a “distinguished public servant,” Comey’s conduct, as it was shown in his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony, was less than stellar. This from the man who, in the same speech, compared the Trump-Russia probe to Watergate (though much bigger), yet without providing any evidence to substantiate the claim. If Clapper was hoping Comey would connect the smoke to a gun, it was a false hope, indeed.
Comey’s leaking of the memos containing confidential conversations with the president revealed much about his character: More cowardly than courageous, it would seem. Comey did more to discredit himself and indict Clinton than to implicate Trump, leaving the president feeling vindicated. Not only has his personal reputation been damaged, but he has done more to taint his former agency’s prestige than perhaps any other single person in the Bureau’s history.
As to the investigation, never fear. It will most likely end up being much ado about nothing, another nothing burger served up by the liberal press to discredit the president, but it will end up costing the taxpayers plenty.