Trump and Russia-So What?

Lots of ink has been spilled over the investigation into the Trump campaign as to whether it had contacts with the Russian government during the campaign last year.  Kevin D. Williamson at National Review, the same Kevin D. Williamson who hates Trump with the undying hate of the bitterest Never Trumper, states the obvious about the hysteria over this investigation:

But here’s the thing: For all the risible and irresponsible cries of “Treason!” and “Obstruction of justice!” there is not really much reason to believe that Trump has done much of anything wrong — though perhaps the special counsel will learn otherwise — certainly nothing that rises to the level of a treason charge (this is ridiculous talk, but it nonetheless must be taken seriously), or the “high crimes and misdemeanors” that would lead to impeachment, or to the incapacity that would allow for his removal under the 25th Amendment. Trump does not know what he is doing, and he is not very good at this job, but there’s no law against that. It is not unconstitutional to be a fool.
The doings in Washington have a distinctly tropical feel to them, and it isn’t global warming. Republicans who rallied to Trump are now learning that it is very difficult to steer the ship of state with one middle finger. American institutions are very robust, and this moment’s banana-republic stuff probably can be digested, provided there is not too much more of it. But there is no sign that Democrats will be satisfied with paralyzing the administration — at the grassroots, it is plain they will be satisfied with nothing less than driving him from office, and maybe not even with that.
But that is not how constitutional, democratic republics work.
There will be another election in 2020, at which time the American electorate can render its judgment on Trump.

Go here to read the rest.  Let us engage in a little thought experiment.  The special prosecutor finds video with Trump and Putin shaking hands to take down Clinton in the campaign.  Now the political fall out from such a video would be devastating.  However, from a legal standpoint there would be nothing there to prosecute, just as there was nothing criminal when Obama said that he could be more flexible with Putin after the election.  Despicable?  Sure!  Illegal, no.  This is an investigation in search of a crime, a classic fishing expedition.  I expect that Trump had no contact with the Russian government during the campaign, but if he did, it would be difficult to make a criminal charge out of it.




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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump. The NeverTrumpers ought to have a big slice of humble pie and a nice hot cup of STFU.

  2. Ah the Elites, a constitutional democratic republic is too precious a thing to be left to ordinary people. I wonder if these Elites went to today’s “Catholic” schools. “Meh, Carpenters, Fishermen and Tradesmen – what do they know-“

  3. The corrupt, incompetent elites do not advance or support the people’s best interests.

    Voodoo central planning has been a consistent catastrophe. Let’s look at the apocalyptic Fed. See Dr. Henry Kaufman’s new book in which he “hits the nail on the head” – and this applies to all, “. . . the Fed has attained an unprecedented prominence – precisely because of its past policy failures.”

    Do not underestimate the elites’ IQ’s. It requires true Mensa-level genius to be so harmful to so many so consistently and to convince the victims that they need you more and more.

    Defeating Crooked Hillary was only a first stride in a trek of 1,000 miles.

    I’m old enough to remember when demokrats (Teddy Chappaquiddick treason with the Kremlin, Obama leaning over with hot mic, Hillary selling 25% of US weapon-grade uranium, Clinton Foundation receiving $$$ tens of millions in Russian bribes, etc.) thought collusion with Russia, a.k.a. the USSR, was a good thing.

    This is different because . . . SHUT UP!

  4. Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump.Williamson is unreasonably harsh on Trump.

    He’s also innumerate, illustrates his arguments with cherry-picked nonsense examples, and tells stories on himself which make it plain that it meatworld he makes a jack-wagon out of himself (or does not but wishes to present himself in such a way as you’ll think he’s a jack-wagon). National Review is in wretched condition.

  5. There on video, Obama colluding with the Russians. Obama may be impeached even AFTER Obama has left the Oval Office of President. Go for it. If Trump is threatened with impeachment , so ought Obama.

  6. This is an investigation in search of a crime

    Brought about by a spurious accusation of wrong doing (collaboration between unknown parties in and around the Trump campaign and unknown parties in and around the Russian government) that is itself in all likelihood a coverup of an actual crime (U.S. citizens being spied upon by their own government i.e. “a classic fishing expedition).

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