The Left, meaning Democrats and their national media mouthpieces, are straining to paint le’ Affaire Russia as the reincarnation of Watergate and President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey as Richard Nixon’s infamous sacking of Archibald Cox redux. Because, obviously, firing an investigator in 2017 is indistinguishable from firing a special prosecutor in 1973. The cases and allegations are identical. No facts, circumstances, or nuances could make any difference. Trump is Nixon, “nah nah nah nah, hey he-ey, goo-ood bye!”
Nicholas Krstoff offers a fevered expression of the indictment here and Jeffrey Toobin here. But this simplistic incantation is nonsense on political stilts.
A thorough and brilliant takedown of the lynch mob’s babble comes from Clarice Feldman here. David Harsanyi, a master of calmly undressing nonsense, exposes the illogic of the Democrats’ indictment here.
The reasons are many to discount the substance and sincerity of the braying accusers. Before addressing the details regarding Trump, let’s briefly distinguish Nixon canning Cox in ’73 and Trump offing Comey in ’17.
Cox was a real prosecutor with legal authority doing a prosecutor’s job. He was appointed by the attorney general because of specific allegation and probable cause to believe the president had been involved in crimes and their cover up. He was by definition supposed to be independent. James Comey, however, is a subordinate appointee in the executive branch who heads a bureau that investigates. He and other intelligence agencies have been “investigating” and surveiling for months before and after the election. But they don’t make charging decisions. Comey’s job is to gather evidence and turn it over to the Justice Department. Moreover, Comey is not synonymous with the investigation. According to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Comey’s ouster does not impede any investigation, which continues.
Comey and former head spooks James Clapper and John Brennan all have admitted under oath and on camera they know of no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian agents. This after several months of investigation and surveillance of people associated with the Trump campaign. In other words: “There were rumors and we watched ‘em like a hawk with all the powers of the modern security state but we can’t put our finger on a blooming tidbit to leak.” Yet, for months they’ve been leaking like drunks who can’t find the restroom to embarrass the administration about something. In the high tech industry, this is known as vaporware—market shifting rumors about a product that doesn’t exist.
Even the above overstates the scope of the alleged “investigation,” which reportedly involves only the business dealings of Carter Gates, Michael Flynn, and Paul Manafort.
Importantly too, this sudden mania about ties with Russia is precious nonsense. Dealings between the Clintons, their associates, and Russian interests dwarf any alleged ties of Trump’s aides. Bill Clinton received half a million dollars for one speech to a Russian consortium. Hillary Clinton approved the massive uranium purchase by Russian interests that turned around and donated $2,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton hacks John and Tony Podesta had lobbying financial ties with Russia that dwarf anything alleged against the Trump aides.Media and Democrat sudden bear fright is a head swivel worthy of the Excorcist.
Then, there’s the substantive contrast of Obama’s submissive policies and Trump’s early actions, which have been anything but Russophilic. Obama spawned the amateurish “reset.” He canceled missile defense agreements with Poland and the Czech Republic, humiliating allies and pleasing Putin. Obama mocked Romney for declaring Russia a geopolitical threat. (“The 80’s called…”). Obama whispered to Medvedev to “Tell Vlad I can be more flexible after my last election.” Obama looked the other way when Russia invaded Ukraine, refusing even to offer arms to the besieged Ukrainians. He invited Putin into a dominant role in the Middle East and stood mute as Russian forces bombed civilians and rebel forces America nominally supported.
After the cozy Clintons and two terms of the best friend in the White House Russia ever had, the sudden Democrat and media vapors over Trump’s stance on Russia is epically cynical, especially in the clarifying light of Trump’s different actions. Trump proposes increased US defense spending. He badgers NATO to spend more in its own defense in Europe. Trump proposes increased US oil and gas production, putting a painful squeeze on Russia’s only global asset. Ambassador Niki Haley regularly rebukes Russia at the UN. Trump bombed Russia’s client Assad. If this is any kind of payoff, then Putin is barely wearing britches and his suit is at the cleaners.
There is no serious allegation of collusion with Russia. There is no hint of favoritism under Trump toward Russia, rather the opposite, reversing the effete groveling of the Obama Clinton years. Yet Comey piously maintained he was still “investigating” these serious allegations. What, is there anything out there he might find that wasn’t captured during the months of surveillance? Is some unknown witness about to show up and say, “Yeah! Trump promised Putin the moon!” No. This is a charade to distract and discredit the administration. Whatever his motives, Comey was playing games to retain credibility with the left or to maintain leverage over the president to keep his job. It’s absolutely reasonable that Trump got sick of him and fired him. Nothing about his typically blunderbuss execution changes the facts. He didn’t have to let the leftist fantasy continue endlessly to generate more fake news and smoke and headlines about nothing. Nothing.
This all transparently adds up to Trump Derangement Syndrome by the Democrat Media echo chamber desperate to resist, object, and withhold acceptance and normalization of the loudmouth from Queens who proposes to change policy and do new and different things the establishment opposes.