If you hate Trump then you will see recent legal actions against Mr. Manafort and Mr. Cohen as great for the country and a signal that the so-called “reckoning” Trump “deserves” is at hand. But why should he have a reckoning in the first place? Especially when it’s clear initial charge of Russian Collusion by the Trump Campaign was a false flag resulting from a piece of opposition research paid for by the Clinton Campaign (the infamous Steele Dossier). It was allowed to fester by the Obama Administration and the Justice Department and led to the Mueller’s appointment as the special prosecutor/independent counsel. And here we are. We are witnessing nothing less than a Deep State coup to remove the president through the use of a Special Prosecutor. If it succeeds, we will see that governance by Independent Counsel is a very bad idea.
The crazy thing is that what began as an investigation of Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia - 2 years worth of work with no tangible proof, has resulted in a wide ranging corruption prosecution of people surrounding Trump. What has this to do with Russia? Not a thing. But if you’re in the “Resistance” or a “Never Trumper,” anything that discredits him is good enough. If this is allowed to continue, it will set a very dangerous precedent and reduce us to banana republic status, whereby political opponents can make mischief for each other and actually reverse a legal Presidential election.
You can bet that if the Democrats retake the House in November, impeachment is on their agenda, despite denials by Nancy Pelosi.
Is this payback for the Republican harassment of Bill Clinton in the late 90’s? Remember Independent Counsel Ken Starr and his relentless Whitewater prosecution? How about the Lewinski scandal that led to the House’s impeachment of Clinton? Probably.
But this isn’t a new thing; Special Prosecutors have been used against the President many times in our history by the opposition.In our more recent history, Special Prosecutors have been used against President Reagan (Iran - Contra), and President Bush, The Younger (Scooter Libby)
So this legal/political technique has been used against more than one Administration, but it probably has never been done quite like this where a previous President, while still in power, used his Justice Department to try and overturn an election of a President from the opposing party.
Just connect the dots and see what I mean. Where did this Russian Collusion thing come from in the first place? Three sources. First, the now discredited Steele Dossier that turned out to be simply opposition research paid for by the Hillary Clinton Campaign and second, from Trump’s remark in a debate with Clinton where he was making fun of Clinton’s Campaign’s being hacked. He said something to the effect that “if the Russians were listening, could they find the missing Clinton Campaign’s emails.” Third, there was the now famous Trump Tower meeting where Trump people met with a Russian lawyer who supposedly had “the dirt” on Hillary. But she didn’t have any and wanted to lobby them for changes in adoption laws in the U.S. for Russian orphans.
This is all about overturning Trump’s election. Michael Barone wrote an excellent piece in May that appeared in The New York Postthat indicts the Obama Administration’s for it’s attempts to get rid of Trump. (https://nypost.com/2018/05/27/obamas-spying-scandal-is-starting-to-look-a-lot-like-watergate/)And it all began with the treatment of a discredited document, the Steele Dossier, as something serious.
Next thing you know, Robert Mueller is appointed as Special Prosecutor to ferret out these specious accusations. Yadda yadda yadda…in 2 years of investigating, nothing has been uncovered that would indicate Trump’s collusion with Russia to defeat Hillary.
Paul Manafort was indicted and convicted on charges having nothing to do with Trump or his Presidential campaign. He flew to close to the Sun in his lobbying career and he’s going to pay for it. Mollie Hemmingway, writing in The Federalist believes, as do I, that all of these other charges came as a result of pressure to get Manafort to talk about Trump’s Campaign and collusion.
Mike Penn, former advisor to President Clinton, writing in The Hill, believes that the investigation of Michael Cohen also had everything to do with putting pressure on him to “flip” on Trump and “talk.” However, Penn asserts that Cohen’s crimes have nothing to do with the President. The one campaign finance issue is minor. As he says: “ the plot to get President Trump out of office thickens as Cohen obviously was his own mini crime syndicate and decided that his betrayals meant he would be better served turning on his old boss to cut the best deal with prosecutors he could rather than holding out and getting the full Manafort treatment.”
So what are we left with? It appears that the Mueller Investigation was initiated by a red herring issue (pun intended) of Russian collusion just to get the Deep State’s nose under the Trump tent and create a far ranging investigation that has the purpose of voiding his improbable, but very legal election.
If the Never Trumpers and Clinton supporters can use a Special Prosecutor investigation, America is in serious trouble. If they can simply “resist” because they don’t like some crude, but duly elected outsider, they should remember that we have elections to change our leaders and they have November 2018 and 2020 to state their case for a return to power. Governance with the assistance of a Special Prosecutor is very bad business - whenever it’s been tried. It’s nothing new, but it’s never looked so out in the open. It wasn't a good idea when used against Bill Clinton and it isn't a good idea now.
How arrogant our “betters” are… we can’t let them get away with this.
Jon Saltzman is the Publisher and Senior Editor of Political Storm