If Trump is as Innocent as He Claims, Then He Should Testify, Under Oath, Publicly

Last summer, Donald Trump accused James Comey of lying following testimony where he painted a rather convincing picture of a “president” who had spent his first few months in office trying to obstruct justice.

At that time he said “100 percent” he would testify under oath that Comey was a liar and that he never said or did anything the former head of the FBI had accused him of saying or doing.

Approaching a year later, Trump’s yet to testify — yet he’s repeatedly claimed that everything related to Russia is a “hoax” and that he’s “totally innocent.”

Well, fine, then let’s see him testify before Congress publicly. If he’s as innocent as he claims to be, then he shouldn’t have any issues publicly answering questions from lawmakers concerning his possible ties to Russia, his behavior both before and after the firing of Comey, what he possibly knew about his oldest son’s meeting with a lawyer from Russia who promised him dirt on Hillary Clinton, and everything related to the long list of his associates and their contacts with Russians.

After all, innocent people have nothing to hide, right?

Especially since Trump’s “like, really smart” and a “stable genius” — at least according to him. So, obviously someone with his “intellect” and level of “innocence” wouldn’t fear answering questions from members of Congress.

Personally, I know if I was being accused of what many people believe Trump has done, yet I was truly innocent, I’d be doing everything I could to be as transparent and open as possible to prove that I had done nothing wrong. If I had nothing to hide, I wouldn’t be frantically attacking investigators on a nearly daily basis trying to discredit their work and undermine the agencies looking into whether or not I had committed any crimes — because I’d be innocent, therefore not afraid of these individuals. I’d be open, transparent, and willing to answer valid questions that might come up.

Yet that’s not what we’ve seen from Donald Trump.

As I’ve stated in the past, Trump’s shown himself to be a textbook example of someone who’s guilty (especially when he messes up and basically admits that he obstructed justice). He’s pushed conspiracies against everyone from Barack Obama to his own Department of Justice, accusing all those involved in the investigations of being part of some “witch hunt” being conducted by the “deep state,” despite the fact that Republicans control the House, Senate, Department of Justice, the FBI is currently run by Trump’s hand-picked director, Comey is a Republican, and Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Trump’s deputy attorney general, is a Republican as well.

Yet somehow this is all some sort of “witch hunt being led by Democrats.”

You’d have to be ignorant enough to be a Trump supporter to actually believe that.

But it seems as if there’s an easy solution to all of this — let’s get Trump to testify publicly. If he’s as innocent as he claims he is, then he should have nothing to fear testifying in front of Congress for all the public to see. Then when won’t have to rely upon hearsay, witness accounts, transcripts, or leaks Trump could claim were “FAKE NEWS!,” we’d have the man himself on video, for all the world to see, in full context, so that we’d know exactly what he said, how he answered each question, and whether or not his account of the “truth” made any sense based on the realities that we know.

Again, an innocent person wouldn’t fear doing this — but something tells me Trump’s going to do everything he can to avoid having to.

That should tell us all that we really need to know about what a coward he truly is.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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