One of the many disadvantages suffered by Republicans in Washington, D.C. is their oversensitivity to propriety and procedure. Democratic attorneys general Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, and before them, Janet Reno, could be relied upon to downplay, stonewall, and bury their own party’s scandals.
Republicans such as Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, and John Ashcroft avoid even the barest appearance of impropriety. In doing so, Republicans serve neither the interests of justice, their party, nor their country. While it is too late to correct past mistakes, firing Independent Counsel Robert Mueller, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, would correct present errors.
It is no secret that both parties in Washington have, since his campaign ceased being the punchline of their dismissive jokes, despised President Trump. He won the primary election via the disgust felt by Republicans for the party leadership. He won the general election through the loathing felt by Americans towards Washington. Now the D.C. swamp is fighting back in their typical sleazy underhanded fashion with an independent counsel appointed on a campaign of smears, leaks, and outright lies.
As with the previous independent counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, appointed by none other than fired FBI Director James B. Comey, there is no crime to investigate. With Fitzgerald, the crime was leaking the name of Valerie Plame, a Langley bureaucrat whose identity was not legally protected. Now, the crime is still unspecified, despite a year’s effort of every TS/SCI (top secret / sensitive compartmented information) cleared swamp rat hunting for something — anything — to pin on Trump!
With Plame, Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself, allowing Comey to appoint the independent counsel. With whatever this is, Jeff Sessions recused himself, and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, appointed the independent counsel. Rosenstein is weak, otherwise he wouldn’t have taken the massive leap to the independent counsel without a shred of evidence beyond Comey’s self-serving and possibly illegal leaks. His mistake should not be allowed to hobble this administration, and his decision should not stand.
Rather than play defense in a fact-free world of anonymous sources and illegal leaks, Trump should remind the nation why they elected him, and inform them of the all-consuming manner and awful character of the bipartisan opposition he faces. Donald Trump was elected the 45th president by the American people, not by official Washington. Yet it is the clear intention of Washington to expel him. They have that power. He should dare them to use it — put up or shut up.
The Congress has no crime upon which to hang an article of impeachment, but Trump does have, in the words of The Declaration of Independence, "a long train of abuses and usurpations" committed by Congress against the people. Whether it is the 20-plus trillion dollars in debt, the grotesque state of our inner cities and schools, or members cashing out on "public service" careers as multi-million dollar lobbyists — our government has never failed more miserably, nor been more vulnerable to the enmity of an alienated electorate.
As an outsider sent to clean up Washington, and beset by the vicious hatred of our ruling class, Trump has an enormous opportunity to counterattack.
There are times to let problems simmer down; this is not one of them. There are times when an innocent man would benefit by impartial justice, but the independent counsel's staff is stacked with Hillary loyalists bent upon revenge. Should we trust that Mueller — another quarter-century creature of Washington and longtime friend to the embittered Comey — will play fair? Or will he, like Fitzgerald, spend his unlimited budget concocting crimes where none exist, and forever feeding the beast trying to devour yet another Republican president?
When liberal Democrats and establishment Republicans tell a conservative president that he can’t do something, and scream with such hysterics at the very idea he could do it, then the chances are pretty good that he ought to do it. At his inauguration, Trump excoriated lawmakers, stating that "a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost." He wasn’t wrong then; he wouldn’t be wrong now.
Trump won election because after so many without backbones going along to get along, Republicans (and an electoral majority) wanted a fighter. This is his fight and he needs to win it—now.
Fire Rosenstein for his bad judgment in appointing the independent counsel, and fire anyone in the Department of Justice who won’t remove this deep state dagger from the administration’s back. Do it not at some press conference, or in the Rose Garden, but in a joint session of the House and Senate. Look them in the eyes when you spit in them.
And tell Congress that if they want to get rid of Donald Trump that badly, he’ll quit — but only if every one of them resigns first. They are, unquestionably, far more to blame for the national disgrace of our government than he.
That achievement alone would be worth retiring for.
P. H. Guthrie is a former Republican campaign operative. His work has appeared in USA Today, Real Clear Politics, The Federalist, and The Daily Caller. He has also appeared on "The Dan Caplis Show" on KNUS 710. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. Follow him on Twitter @PHGuthrie. To read more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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