“Robert Mueller is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law. It is a legal impossibility,” opened Gregg Jarrett in an op-ed piece. Recently, Rod Rosenstein acting as attorney general called for an investigation for “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”

The problem is collusion during campaigning with anyone isn’t a crime under U.S. law. Meanwhile the role of a special counsel is to investigate criminal activity. If collusion isn’t a crime, then Mueller must broaden his investigation into other — “tangential” — issues.

At the same time the media witch hunt continues. After the legal firing of former FBI Director James Comey, a leak from unnamed sources claimed Comey’s notes recorded the president stated in a meeting about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, “I hope you can let this go.” The liberal news media immediately claimed obstruction of justice. Their knee-jerk conclusions pose some problems.

First, so much of the unnamed-source information on the Trump campaign or conversations was later denied by those the media had claimed were harmed. Even if those accusations were true, a comment such as “I hope” or “I wish” doesn’t come close to meeting the standard proscribed by law: “corruptly attempted to influence, obstruct, or impede the due administration of the law.”

Many comments made by Comey, which later were proven false, also brings strongly into question the reliability of any of his comments. Yet, much of what the media is feeding us, over and over again, is a criminal scenario for something that’s not a crime. Finally, the word “corruptly” has a long legal definition that the purported statement by the President doesn’t come close to meeting.

Several comments made in public testimony by former Obama administration officials have made it clear that, even after months of investigating, the FBI and other federal investigative organizations have found zero evidence of collusion. This is interesting since it didn’t take years, but only weeks, to find significant evidence of illegal and criminal conduct by Hillary Clinton, which the Justice Department refused to prosecute.

Our nation faces critical issues from skyrocketing Obamacare costs, counterproductive trade agreements, complicated and oppressive business and individual tax laws, and other issues. And yet the liberal media is pushing a narrative designed to draw attention away from getting important things accomplished, while using mostly unnamed and unverifiable sources who are saying things that are often proven false or out of context. Even some Democratic strategist have said, “everyday Americans don’t really care about this, they care about their gas prices ...”

There’s no evidence Trump has done anything criminal and they’ve been seriously searching for months! Gregg Jarrett closed with this thought, “How, then, is it possible to obstruct the investigation of a crime … which is not a crime?”

We should be spending our time solving real issues. In times past, the American electorate remained silent attempting to keep the peace. Now it’s time to voice strong support for those who want to get things accomplished.

Bill Sargent, Mark Mansius and John Gay are writing a series of columns on timely issues for today. All three ran in the 14th Congressional District primary.

(26) comments

Howard Cook

Well put. It's time to get back to business. The people have spoken, they wanted to change and now it's time to let the administration do the people's will.

Steve Fouga

"There’s no evidence Trump has done anything criminal"

You have no idea that this is true. That's why there's an investigation... to look for evidence. And maybe Trump is clean, but what about his administration?

Also, there are plenty of acts that aren't criminal, or are only minor crimes, that are nonetheless disqualifying for a person holding a security clearance. True, the president operates under a different set of rules, but those exemptions don't apply to the Kushners, Flynn, Sessions, Bannon, etc.

Other presidents have governed at least semi-successfully while being assailed by the media and Congress. The fact that Trump is stumbling with Republicans/Conservatives in control of all 3 branches is evidence of his ineptitude, not media bias. If he can't govern in the face of a hostile media, it just means he's not cut out for the job.

Republicans should quit complaining about the media, and start governing. I'm tired of the excuses.

Carlos Ponce

"There’s no evidence Trump has done anything criminal" This has been CONFIRMED by those investigating.
"That's why there's an investigation... to look for evidence." BULL!
There's an investigation to hamper Trump's agenda, keep him on defense, to keep dragging this farce before the people until the midterms and the next Presidential election. Reason is obvious. A successful Trump would seal the fate of Liberals and their policies.
Complain about the media????
They're in COLLUSION with the Leftist, plenty of evidence here. The media should report the news, not take sides.

Steve Fouga

Carlos, I beg to differ with a couple of your points.

First, investigations are ALWAYS created to look for evidence. That's what they do. They look until they find it, or until they have exhausted the possibility of finding any. This one will go on for a LOOOOOONG time. Hopefully at least until the midterms.

Second, "The media should report the news, not take sides." Usually I would agree with you, but not in this case. My personal opinion is that anyone with good sense and the ear of the public should be doing everything within their power (legally) to rid our country of Donald Trump. I thought he might have been beneficial, but he's a big fat bust. A disappointment.

Carlos Ponce

The evidence they are finding leads to the CORRUPTION of the previous administration. Does the Leftist media report that? NOOOOOOOO!
What you hear about Trump is uncorroborated GOSSIP, made to make the President "suspicious". Can't find anything so make up your own - is that reporting?

Jim Forsythe

"The longest, by far, was the investigation into former Housing and Urban Development secretary Henry Cisneros. That investigation outlasted Cisneros’ 1999 plea deal and subsequent 2001 pardoning by President Bill Clinton by five years. On average, the length of an investigation was about 1,154 days. Excluding Cisneros’s, the average was about 911 from appointment to the final report.
Meaning that, if that latter average holds, the Russia investigation might be expected to end some time in late November 2019. (The median is only 668 days, for what it’s worth.)"


Did it ever occur to you that it is possible to set aside the extreme partisanship filter you seem to look at everything though? For one thing, your assumption that there is little or nothing to the Trump - Russia connection does not seem likely. Trump certainly is acting like there is something there to be terrified of, and I suspect he would know. 
However, even if Trump's campaign is entirely innocent of colluding with the Russian government to win the election, it is still been well established that Russia did interfere in the election process, just like they have meddled in the democratic process of many other western elections. The fact is that we must ensure our cyber security as much as possible, and take strong measures to prevent even more serious meddling in the future. I am astonished that both parties are not throwing their entire weight behind this investigation. 
 
. Don't forget that it is the actions and words of Trump himself that is feeding the firestorm.

David Floyd

GDN: Who are these people? You should update your information as to where they are from, what they do and live. Just saying they ran in a primary election 9 years ago or whenever does not identify them like you do with all the other editorial writers. I think one is a former County employee, but the others are who?

Carlos Ponce

Ironic that Liberals are fighting windmills. Reference Don Quixote by Cervantes.

Jim Forsythe

"That's why there's an investigation... to look for evidence "

The Benghazi  investigation found what?
WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees   
  "There have been seven investigations (of Benghazi) led mostly by Republicans in the Congress" .

"CORRUPTION of the previous administration" can be investigated now . But  this is about the people in the White House now, and any others. that had dealing  with Russia and others countries .
"The evidence they are finding leads to the CORRUPTION of the previous administration" it will lead, where it leads.

"made to make the President "suspicious". he needs no help.

"Ironic that Liberals are fighting windmills." first time I have heard Liberals, called fighting windmills.

Carlos Ponce

"The Benghazi investigation found what?"
Official Findings:
Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. This
fact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23, 2013.
In the days following the attacks, White House and senior State Department officials altered accurate talking points drafted by the Intelligence Community in order to protect the State Department.
Contrary to Administration rhetoric, the talking points were not edited to protect
classified information. Concern for classified information is never mentioned in email traffic among senior Administration officials.
http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Libya-Progress-Report-Final-1.pdf
Observations:
The Benghazi investigation found that the Obama administration would spread a false narrative (THEY LIED) to get Obama re-elected. And they will LIE to the families of those killed in Benghazi.
They found that the State Department (Under Hillary) ignored requests from the ambassador for assistance.

Jim Forsythe

As this is about Trump-Russia, we should get some results in a year or two. If it comes back that Trump or his team did interact improperly  with Russia, some will still not believe  it. Just with  the many investigation into Benghazi, some still do  not except the committees findings on Benghazi .
Unless Trump understands that Twitter is not his friend, we may have more investigations.
 
"The CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a Republican-controlled House committee has found. Its report asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration officials.
Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the two-year investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest.    
But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people." 
"Many of its findings echo those of six previous investigations by various congressional committees and a State Department panel. The eighth Benghazi investigation is being carried out by a House Select Committee appointed in May."


Carlos Ponce

"As this is about Trump-Russia, we should get some results in a year or two.
That's what the Liberals want - drag this out to the midterms and the next Presidential election and use it as political fodder. The final result will be -NOTHING!

Jim Forsythe

"That's what the Liberals want - drag this out to the midterms" . Are you talking about just liberals, or Demarcates also.
Once a investigation starts, it takes a long time. By the time all Trumps dealing have been looked at, taxes reviewed, and all his contacts have been interviewed, and all the White house contacts are looked  at , it will take time.

If  average holds, the Russia investigation might be expected to end some time in late November 2019. 

Carlos Ponce

"That's what the Liberals want..." That includes most Democrats, some Republicans, Trump haters.
"If average holds, the Russia investigation might be expected to end some time in late November 2019. " Well into Trump's second term.

Steve Fouga

Or, more likely, President Warren's or President Booker's first term.[wink]

Carlos Ponce

Is that REALLY who you want, Steve?

Steve Fouga

Way too early to tell, Carlos. I know I don't want Trump. Hopefully both parties, and maybe a 3rd, can put forward good candidates. Right now it looks bleak, in my opinion.

Jim Forsythe

"November 2019. " Well into Trump's second term" I was under impression that Trump is the President, but I must be wrong. As the 
next election for President is Tuesday, November 3, 2020, which can not be into his second term unless they change the length of the Presidents term or he is a House member. 

Carlos Ponce

Let me rephrase, Well into Trump's re-election campaign for his second term. And when NOTHING is discovered in the investigation, Trump will win - AGAIN! Of course there will be some tinfoil types who will insist it was covered up.

Jim Forsythe

Will Trump run, and can he get pass people like Benjamin Sasse ,Ted Cruz, and the cast of Thousands.
He may get the Republican  support, but will he get the Independent vote?
Independent voters support, wins elections

Steve Fouga

BREAKING NEWS: Jim, President Trump will be so disgraced by then that there's no chance even the Republicans would nominate him.

Actually this is not breaking news, it's FAKE NEWS. Wait, it's not even fake news, it's commentary, i.e., my opinion.

Steve Fouga

Hahahaha! Carlos is never wrong about stuff like that, and I wasn't paying attention! Oh well, point still made. [cool]

Carlos Ponce

Sorry about not explaining properly. I was on my way to do volunteer work at the museum and visit a relative in a nursing home and should have proofread my hurried post.

Steve Fouga

I hope your relative is doing fine, my friend. I have a similar situation. All the best.

margo holst

Trump-Russia a media distraction campaign

At first read it looks like the musketeers have fallen back to their conservative talking points after a half dozen columns that actually made some sense. Now we are back to their classical misdirection again.

I think we all agree Donald Trump is the most unconventional president in the post WWII era. His dyslexic dislike of reading complicated and multi matrix position papers has become common knowledge. His last decades have been as a media personality and reports his main info sources turn out to be the constant TVs in his offices. His odd but steady Twitter comments are also unheard of in the past.

Let look at some of the column’s misdirection. First of Trump’s biggest problem is the Senate hearing this week. The one that can hurt him the most is fired FBI director Comey so we find “Many comments by Comey, which later were proven false, also brings strongly into question the reliability of any of his comments.” Discredit the messenger is always a starting point in tea party logic. The columnists then falsely accuse Hillary of illegal activity without mention she spent 11 hours in hearings without once asking for the 5th like some of Trump’s associates. But finally Bengasi apparently has fallen off their talking points.

“Our nation faces critical issues from sky rocking Obamacare costs, counterproductive trade agreements, complicated and oppressive business and individual tax laws, and other issues.” Ok, recall before Obamacare costs were also “skyrocking” cost and they settled down during his era. They only started increases when the conservatives kept claiming they were going to kill universal coverage, so the hospital networks started reducing areal coverage and insurance companies dropped high end places like MD Anderson. This crisis was intentionally created to help kill Obamacare. They didn’t bother to mention the Trumpcare would drop millions, jack up pre-existing and elderly rates many hundreds of percent but we should just let Trump do it.

They didn’t mention the whole reason for the Trans-Pacific trade agreement was to geo-politically designed to box in Red China. This concept never seemed to permeate the tea party whose mantra was simply, “No, No, any Obamba idea.”

“Complicated business taxes” are there because everyone wants to cheat civilization and pay as little as possible. The complications are there to give all sorts of gifts to various types of organizations, recently, simply written by lobbyists paid to do it and get it passed with amazing budgets. $200 million should get you $2 billion return over the years. The lament: “At 35% we have the highest corporate tax in the world” is false. Top corporations pay around 8% of income including the cost of the “complicated” tax staff. Even if we dropped taxes to 10% many would try to grandfather all their complications. It is just a talking point that has been going on for years. Personal taxes about the same.

All these points are not media fabrication but Trump’s misdirection away from his unsavory Russian connections that saved him after his last bankruptcy. If it looks like a duck chances are that the absence of tax info makes it a duck. All the wire tap stuff started because of Trump Tower’s calls to Russian bank intercepts.

The columnists are simply Trump enablers with no concept of the Common Good for America.

DJ Kava
Crystal Beach/Beaumont

margo holst

Sorry to have misspelled Benghazi, thought I'd had a chance to edit before posting.

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