I wrote five different pieces [links to full columns in the headlines] reacting to different facets of the Mueller report, some pro-Trump, some anti. — Quin

Not impeachment-level crimes (April 23): Democrats determined to impeach Trump show political ineptitude, misapply constitutional principles, and abdicate their legislative responsibilities.

Right now, Robert Mueller’s report gives Democrats a clear political advantage over President Trump. The report lays out, in ample detail, the chaos, pettiness, self-centeredness, and borderline corruption with which Trump has imbued the Oval Office. Trump’s poll numbers, already low, have taken yet another hit since the report’s release, tying his prior presidential nadir.

If Democrats keep citing the report in speeches and press statements, when and where relevant but without overdoing it, they will continue to reap political rewards against Trump without any downside risk to themselves. But if they try to drag the country through an impeachment process based on allegations that at worst put Trump in a legal gray area, but which most Americans seem to believe amount to iniquity rather than criminality, Democrats almost certainly will feel the stinging whip of a nasty political backlash. … [Link]

Trump didn’t need to collude to serve Putin’s interests (April 18): This was what the Mueller investigation really was about: 

The concern is embedded in these lines beginning on the very first page of Mueller’s report: “… the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts …”…

The Mueller report vindicates Jeff Sessions (April 19): For what it’s worth, the Mueller report thoroughly absolves former Attorney General Jeff Sessions from accusations from the political Left, the Right, and a ranting President Trump….

Trump team should atone for slandering Mueller, Rosenstein (April 18): 

President Trump and the loud choir to which he preaches owe massive apologies to special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

For the better part of two years, the Trumpists relentlessly smeared both men. Meanwhile, both did their jobs to the letter of the law and neither one engaged in scurrilous attempts to “frame” the president….

Trump’s actions worse than Nixon’s? Ridiculous! (April 22):

As usual, far too many pro- and anti-Trump pundits are pushing meretricious claims that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report proves either that President Trump is an innocent lamb or a deadly viper. Both takes are dishonest. Nothing from a supposedly respectable journalist, though, is as hideously mendacious as is columnist’s E.J. Dionne’s assertion that Trump is now shown culpable for “behavior that makes Richard Nixon look like George Washington.”



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