In my opinion, investigating Donald Trump’s ties to Russia should be one of the most non-partisan major issues we’ve dealt with in a while. The possibility that the person living in the White House might have colluded with, and be compromised by, a foreign government should be an issue that matters more than any sort of partisan nonsense. One thing all Americans, both liberal and conservative, should be able to agree upon is that treason is a very big deal — especially if it involves a president.
It’s not as if people who want all of this thoroughly investigated are making things up. This is not some conspiracy-driven witch hunt. Not only has Trump’s top national security advisor already resigned after he was caught lying about discussing sanctions with Russian officials, but Trump’s second campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is someone who spent years as a lobbyist for pro-Russian interests (and helped to spread fake news during the campaign). Then there’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions possibly committing perjury by lying to Congress about meetings with a Russian ambassador, and the dossier that our intelligence officials are apparently taking rather seriously that alleges Vladimir Putin has information he’s using to blackmail Trump.
Those are real, legitimate (and concerning) facts.
And, of course, this is all linked to an election where a man who still refuses to say anything negative about Russia or Putin — despite being more than willing to attack basically anyone else — was aided by a Russian cyber attack aimed at his political opponent and party that ended up helping him “win” that very election.
If it turns out that Trump’s innocent, and all of this stuff was just one giant string of unfortunate coincidences, that’s fine. However, for a person who claims he’s innocent, Trump’s behavior certainly isn’t that of someone with nothing to hide. I certainly know if people were accusing me of being a traitor to my country, but I knew I wasn’t, I’d be leading the charge for investigations to prove my innocence.
While Trump’s antics have certainly been noteworthy, I can’t shake this feeling that we’re headed toward possibly the biggest political scandal, not just in our nation’s history, but that the world has ever seen.
If you ask me, and this is just based on my opinion from what I’ve seen, Trump’s not the only one terrified of what these investigations could dig up. From my perspective, there seems to be quite a few congressional Republicans who’ve gone to great lengths to act like these allegations are nothing. Individuals who appear to be taking some rather massive risks to defend (or dare I say, protect) Trump that don’t make a whole lot of sense.
Rep. Devin Nunes is a prime example. This is someone who appears to be trying to obstruct a congressional investigation, potentially risking not only his career but federal charges, to protect Trump and undermine his committee’s efforts to investigate potential collusion between his campaign and Russian officials. Doesn’t it stand to reason that, possibly, as a former member of Trump’s transition team, perhaps Nunes is worried about evidence popping up that could link him to these allegations of treason and that is what’s triggered his rather peculiar behavior?
Let’s be real here. We don’t know what Russia may or may not have. What if Trump isn’t the only person Putin has blackmail on? How do we know there aren’t congressional Republicans whom Putin has obtained information on, who now fear that information could be made public as part of these investigations into possible links between Trump and Russia?
Many of the same Republicans who spent years on fake “investigations” into Benghazi, while promising to spend years looking into Hillary Clinton’s emails, don’t seem to think that we should take every step possible to ensure that these alleged Russian ties to Trump are credibly and thoroughly investigated. It doesn’t make one bit of sense.
Normally I would say it’s all partisan politics — but this is a massive deal that should supersede partisan politics. As I said at the beginning of this article, under normal circumstances, this should be completely bipartisan — except it’s not.
Sure, more Republicans have put their support behind these investigations, while others have even called for some sort of special prosecutor/independent commission, but there are still quite a few (Nunes, for example) who seems to be trying to help support Trump rants about all of this being “FAKE NEWS!” or some sort of conspiracy against him. Maybe some of them are trying to earn favor with Trump, but even that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If these investigations ultimately determine that Trump, or some of his associates, did collude with the Russian government, anyone closely linked to defending him could very well see their political careers ended.
Right now I think our attention needs to focus, not just on Trump, but on the members of Congress who seem to be trying to protect him. As I’ve said before, the “why” someone does something is often more important than what they’re doing. Such as why Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, why he’s acting like a person scared of people finding out the truth, and why some Republican members of Congress seem to be trying to help him undermine these investigations.
Because I wouldn’t be shocked if, once we reach the end of this, more than one Republican is linked to collusion with the Russian government.
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