What an irony the thing that has liberals salivating the most over the prospect of injuring President Trump was caused by aspects of the man’s character the same liberals would never recognize.
As things currently stand, the only charge I’ve seen that actually puts the Trump presidency in jeopardy is that he obstructed justice. This would be behavior that could either be prosecuted criminally or the subject of impeachment. Reports suggest the wrecking ball within the administration, a.k.a. Special Prosectuor Robert Mueller, has wasted no time leaping from probing the Russia collusion charges to investigating possible obstruction.
Probably, after finding no snakes under the Russia collusion rock, Mueller has moved on to what he thinks may be more fertile ground, where he will, to finish the metaphor, leave no stone unturned.
I didn’t go to law school, but legal experts I respect have written that Trump’s effort to steer former FBI Director James Comey off the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn do not rise to the level of obstruction.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Trump said, according to Comey, anyway.
Even if this is correct, a hope is not an order. A hope is a hope. And even, if this was a Jersey gangster-style insinuation — I hope nothing bad to happens to that precious horse of yours. I’d feel terrible if it did — the phrasing still gives Trump a solid argument that he didn’t make a specific demand.
Anyway, I don’t think that is what this was. I think Trump was feeling a normal human emotion and was acting like a normal person. And that can get you into big trouble in Washington.
It is very significant that Trump had fired Flynn just the previous day. He did it, as Trump has made clear himself, only because Flynn had lied to Vice President Pence. Lying to vice presidents is a big no-no. Trump was axing a man who had been an early supporter when others, including Pence, refused to join the team. Someone who passionately shared his outlook and was a determined Trump defender. Trump, according to reports, has frequently expressed regret that he fired Flynn. It was obviously a decision that pained him greatly and still conflicts him.
“He is a good guy,” Trump told Comey.
But Comey didn’t pick up on the human element. Comey went right into the role of careful attorney and government official, the role he has played almost his entire adult life.
What would have prevented Comey from simply saying, as one human being to another, Hey, you’re new to this job. I know you feel bad about Flynn. But listen, you’re the president, and I’m the FBI director. It’s not proper for me to alter investigations just because you feel a certain way. I’ll work hard to do this expeditiously. I know you understand.
But no. Comey immediately recognized material for a possible prosecution — not of Flynn, but of Trump. He didn’t act on this, because he probably understood it’s not enough for obstruction, but he knew it might be a nice piece of some future puzzle he could put together and have someone present to a grand jury. Because he is James Comey, and James Comey always fights for truth, justice, and the American Way — and also for things that make James Comey look like an ethical superman.
So he jumped into his limousine, pulled out his legal pad, and started jotting little notes that could tie up the Republic for months or years and ruin a presidency. All instead of just saying, Hey, pal, you’re crossing a line, I can’t do that.
Trump, who in the liberal imagination is a monster with the outlook on life of Benito Mussolini, was caught up in a legal problem because of his compassion, not his corruption. And unfortunately, his compassion went directly onto the notepad of a Deep State robot.