I come from the belief that if Donald Trump were truly innocent of any sort of collusion with the Russian government during last year’s election, then both he and his associates would be more than forthcoming when it comes to proving their supposed innocence.
After all, if they truly did nothing wrong, and there was absolutely no quid pro quo type of collusion agreement (if not outright blackmail) between the Russian government and Trump’s campaign, then why have so many of his associates been caught lying about or trying to conceal meetings or communications with Russians — while doing their best to paint anyone investigating their actions as some sort of “deep state witch hunt out to get the president”?
Again, that’s not how innocent people behave.
Well, former Reagan Department of Justice official Bruce Fein essentially challenged the self-proclaimed “innocent” Trump to testify publicly about all of this, as well as any other member of his family or campaign who’s been accused of colluding with Russia.
Here are a few excerpts from his op-ed in The Washington Times:
The president should insist on immediately testifying publicly under oath about the alleged link before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Special Counsel Mueller, including an explanation for firing FBI Director James Comey.
Mr. Trump should also waive executive privilege or state secrets for himself or for any other witness called by the Committees or Mueller. He should order his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and son Donald Trump Jr. to testify publicly under oath before congressional committees and the Special Counsel.
Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants. And it will strengthen public confidence in the evenhanded administration of justice.
The president has repeated ad infinitum that neither he nor his campaign team were linked in any to the Russian government to defeat Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton or to otherwise influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. On that score, according to President Trump, he is “clean as a hound’s tooth.” He has nothing to hide.
He should provide Congress, the Special Counsel and the American people the public testimonies and disclosures necessary to verify whether alleged Russian links to his presidential campaign are fake news.
That would truly make the rule of law sparkle, and American greatness shine.
To paraphrase, if Trump, his family and his associates have nothing to hide, then there shouldn’t be any reason they should fear being completely transparent and open, including testifying publicly, concerning the allegations that they colluded with the Russian government during last year’s election.
Of course, Trump’s not going to do that — at least not unless he’s forced to. While his oldest son did testify in front of Congress, he didn’t do so publicly. For the most part, Trump’s not only tried to undermine the credibility of practically anyone involved in any investigation into his possible collusion with Russia, including the FBI and his own Justice Department, but he’s been the exact opposite of transparent when it comes to actually trying to prove his supposed innocence other than nearly daily rants about “fake news” and those investigating him.
For me it always goes back to the fact that Trump’s behavior is basically a textbook example of someone who’s guilty. People who don’t have anything to hide don’t typically lie, attack those investigating them, or push ridiculous conspiracies trying to undermine those investigations. That’s how guilty people act — which is exactly how Trump’s behaved when anyone’s raised questions concerning his campaign’s possible links to Russia for well over a year now.
As Mr. Fein suggested, if Donald Trump is truly innocent, then he should want to publicly testify and state the facts, while pushing for others entangled in this web to do the same. At the end of the day, if this “president” never colluded with Russia, or committed any other possible criminal act, then that testimony would give this administration the upper hand on both the investigation and the so-called “fake news media” in one fell swoop.
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