Guest post from Remarkable Times.
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Robert Mueller’s investigation is not finished, but a few things seem obvious from the outside looking in.
First, Donald Trump either doesn’t care about, doesn’t understand or simply can’t control himself in obstructing justice — one of the charges that led to President Nixon’s impeachment. Firing people involved in the investigation, browbeating the Attorney General, pulling his critics’ security clearances, trying to undermine confidence in the investigation on Twitter — these all seem to be obvious and open obstruction.
Second, while there may not be a law against collusion, there is a point where collusion crosses the line into treason. Treason is definitely against the law. If Trump or his campaign cooperated or collaborated with Russians in any way to subvert the 2016 election, then they worked with a foreign adversary to undermine the most fundamental right of democracy — the right to choose our leaders.
Third, an impeachable “high crime or misdemeanor” does not have to be a violation of the laws that apply to the rest of us. Congress gets to decide what is impeachable.
Finally, It may be that Mueller’s long investigation finds that Trump did nothing wrong during the campaign and has done nothing wrong since. Nevertheless, Trump would have been smart to keep his tweets and threats to himself. HIs staff should have confiscated his smartphone.
As for Mueller, it’s understandable that he’s taking his time. His well-earned reputation is on the line. To paraphrase Machiavelli (if you are reading this, FBI, be assured that Machiavelli and I mean this figuratively), if you strike at the king, you’d better make sure the blow is fatal. With a Republican Congress so reluctant to criticize Trump let alone to impeach him, any finding of wrongdoing must be very serious, very compelling and proved well beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, it could be Mueller who suffers the “fatal blow”.