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Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey: Democrats Are Delusional

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Former Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey attends the New York Times Food For Tomorrow Conference 2016 on September 27, 2016 in Pocantico, New York. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Times)

By    |   Sunday, 07 April 2019 02:08 PM

Instead of continuing the collusion "delusions," Democrats should be investigating how the Justice Department got the investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling "so wrong" with "prosecutorial abuse," according to a Democratic former Nebraska senator and governor.

"Delusions fascinate me in part because I have so many of my own," ex-Gov./Sen. Bob Kerrey wrote in an Omaha World-Herald op-ed. "Most often delusions are harmless. Sometimes they are not.

"At the moment my fellow Democrats are suffering from two that are harmful.

"The first is that Americans long for a president who will ask us to pay more for the pleasure of increasing the role of the federal government in our lives."

Americans just do not favor the Green New Deal, a tax on wealth or Medicare for all, he wrote.

"The second Democratic delusion is that Americans were robbed of the truth when special prosecutor Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr concluded that President Trump did not collude with Russia in 2016," Kerrey continued. "All evidence indicates that the full report will not change the conclusion that Donald J. Trump did not collude with Vladimir Putin to secure his victory in 2016.

"Rather than investigating the president further, Congress needs to investigate how the Department of Justice got this one so wrong. If the president of the United States is vulnerable to prosecutorial abuse, then God help all the rest of us."

Like legal expert Alan Dershowitz has maintained from the start, Congress needs a "nonpartisan commission" to investigate the failings of the justice system in searching for a crime that was not found in the Mueller Report.

"Find out what went wrong and to tell us what needs to be done to make certain it never happens again," Kerrey wrote, pointing to four key questions:

  1. Is the FBI Director free of political pressure to investigate candidates or elected officials on a partisan basis?
  2. Can we write rules to govern candidate and officeholders?
  3. How does the FBI decide to open an investigation? "A single campaign official suggesting the possibility of collusion with a foreign power or a document written as opposition research or a demand from a member of Congress are very thin reeds upon which to challenge the legitimacy of an elected official," Kerrey wrote.
  4. "Are federal pardons justified?"

"Our democracy will survive the hostility of Vladimir Putin," Kerrey concluded. "What it may not survive is distrust of our system of justice. At the moment that distrust is deep and wide.

"We need a nonpartisan national commission to tell us what has just happened and to advise us on what we need to do to keep it from happening again."

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Instead of continuing the collusion "delusions," Democrats should be investigating how the Justice Department got the investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling "so wrong" with "prosecutorial abuse," according to a Democratic former Nebraska senator and...
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