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Objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building in Washington, and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being read and interpreted through mostly biased eyes.

Democrats, who had counted on Mueller to prove that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, were initially as crestfallen as they were on election night 2016. Still, they are undeterred in the pursuit of their ultimate goal: evicting the president from the White House in a political coup unprecedented in American history.

The special counsel was established to investigate collusion, though not by Trump's political opponents during the 2016 presidential race, who allegedly funded the infamous Steele dossier which purported to describe Trump cavorting with prostitutes and other sick behavior during a visit to Moscow.

After more than two years of investigations, subpoenas, witness testimony and millions of dollars wasted, Mueller's report concluded, "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." As for obstruction of justice, how does one obstruct something that is not a crime?

Predictably, Democrats are not satisfied. Out of desperation and exasperation, some are alleging a cover-up by Attorney General William Barr. Others want to immediately begin impeachment proceedings. For which high crime and misdemeanor?

More experienced Democrats, such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, are rightly cautious. They remember the electoral damage to Republicans when members of that party impeached Bill Clinton. Which wing of their party will prevail?

Politico represents the fallback position for some on the left: "Forget collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice." Say what? "The most concrete takeaway from the 448-page Mueller report is its damning portrait of the Trump White House as a place of chaos, intrigue and deception, where aides routinely disregard the wishes of a president with little regard for the traditional boundaries of his office . . . ." Maybe so, but bad behavior and disobeyed presidential orders are not impeachable offenses. Let voters decide.

Imagine how President Trump must have felt. Not only the establishment, which includes Democrats and Republicans, but the major media were constantly assaulting him starting before the election and ever since. Some critics have accused him of paranoia, but as the saying goes, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you." And out to get Trump they are.

Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel writes: "President Trump has every right to feel liberated. What the [Mueller] report shows is that he endured a special counsel probe that was relentlessly, at times, farcically obsessed with taking him out."

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: "It is increasingly clear that the only scandal here is the Obama administration's repeated failure to act against Russian cyber-meddling and instead, how they prioritized spying on a political opponent--the Trump campaign--and used a phony DNC-funded dossier as justification."

When President Obama was asked about Trump's charge that the 2016 election might be rigged against him, Obama responded: "No serious person out there . . . would suggest somehow that you could even rig America's elections."

Add this "witch hunt" to the long list of reasons many Americans hate Washington. None of this political show affects average citizens, who are benefiting from a booming economy, job growth, lowest unemployment in half a century (including minority unemployment) and fewer people receiving food assistance. What does this have to do with more important issues, including illegal immigration and foreign policy?

The left doesn't want Americans to focus on the administration's successes, because they are incapable of doing better. They can only repeat their familiar scenario of higher taxes, bigger and more controlling government and "free stuff" for all.

The president and his allies have threatened a counterattack to expose corruption at the Justice Department, which created this fiasco. They should begin immediately.


Cal Thomas is a columnist for the Tribune Content Agency.

Editorial on 04/24/2019

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  • wowy
    April 24, 2019 at 7:40 a.m.

    What if, hmmm, what if they had found that Trump took out government phone sims cards, smashed blackberries, deleted over 30,000 government emails from a private server
    he had set up and then acid washed it's hard drives?
    Do you think he might be in a bit of trouble?
    TRUMP has been exactly correct about everything - all along.
    It's TRUMP against 'the swamp', the media and the dimwitted communists.
    But,he is the answer to prayer and I praise GOD for him.

  • Morebeer
    April 24, 2019 at 10:05 a.m.

    Well, I read the report and clearly Mueller wasn’t obsessed with taking Trump out. Mueller gave the president and his associates the benefit of the doubt every step of the way. For example, he concluded as to the tower meeting that what the Russians offered (info on a specific Clinton financial transaction) wasn’t of significant value to the campaign, and even if it were of value that Trump campaign associates, including the veteran politico Manafort, likely were not aware of the legal ramifications of accepting something of value for political purposes from a foreign government. Mueller parsed the law in that instance to benefit Trump. It would have saved Mueller much time and taxpayers much money if Trump jr, Trump sr, Kushner and others hadn’t misled the public and others on the nature of the meeting (remember adoptions?).

  • WhododueDiligence
    April 24, 2019 at 11:28 a.m.

    "The president and his allies have threatened a counterattack to expose corruption at the Justice Department, which created this fiasco. They should begin immediately."
    They should? Then why don't they? The Justice Department is within Trump's executive branch of government and Trump now has his ally William Barr in charge of it. So if they really believe there's corruption at the Justice Department, what's to stop them from investigating? This "fiasco" as Cal Thomas calls it or this "witch hunt" as Cal also calls it was created when Trump's first choice as Attorney General--Jeff Sessions--recused himself due to his Russia connections and then acting Attorney General Rosenstein--who had also been appointed by Trump--picked Robert Mueller to lead the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

  • WhododueDiligence
    April 24, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

    It seems bizarre that Republican talking heads like Cal Thomas are referring to the Mueller investigation of Russia's interference in our 2016 election as a fiasco and a witch hunt. Do they really believe that all those people indicted, which included a bunch of Russian meddlers, are victims of a witch-hunt fiasco?
    It also is bizarre irony to use anti-objective words like fiasco and witch while bitterly complaining that objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building.

  • Lifelonglearner
    April 24, 2019 at 9:29 p.m.

    Hmmm, imagine if you will a world where in the Mueller Report, all of the words referring to Trump and members of his family were replaced with Hillary Clinton, and her family. She would have been impeached and convicted by the Republicans before the ink dried.
    As to Hillary's crimes: Notice that they stopped being "crimes" once Trump was elected. Also notice that Republicans never bothered writing enforceable laws that would punish her, because they knew that someday, they might want to get away with the same things.