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Putting 'Transparency' Into Context

Putting 'Transparency' Into Context
U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) conducts a hearing on March 14, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 16 April 2019 04:19 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats and the rest of the left are evidently completely immune to the effects of cognitive dissonance. For those of you who don’t peruse the dictionary for light reading, cognitive dissonance is defined by Wikipedia as “In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. This discomfort is triggered by a situation in which a person’s belief clashes with new evidence perceived by the person.”

Zero “discomfort” is why the left can continue to accuse President Trump of obstruction of justice in connection with a crime — the Russia Collusion Delusion — that doesn’t exist. Therefore, if there is no crime, as the Mueller Report proves, then how can Trump obstruct an investigation?

That’s textbook cognitive dissonance. Grasping at straws now that Plan B for ending the Trump presidency has failed, the left is attacking Trump and attempting to convince the public he’s somehow covering up a report that says he’s innocent.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Collusion Delusion) the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is now claiming the White House is exhibiting “an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction” in connection with House oversight and the release of the Mueller Report.

Republican Darrell Issa, former chair of the same committee, provides some useful context with regard to those accusations in a Fox News Op–Ed.

Issa says Cummings is displaying his partisanship and ignoring the Obama administration “which set a new standard for secrecy and stalling.”

Issa specifically cites the Obama administration’s response to the Fast and Furious scandal where the Obama Justice Dept. allowed deadly weapons to be purchased in the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels. Then one of those same weapons was used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Issa explains when the committee began to investigate the scandal, “From its earliest days, the Obama administration stymied the ability of the Congress to shine a light on executive branch wrongdoing and fired up a veritable smokescreen machine that ran for both terms.”

Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder personally “began a cover-up that denied obvious details that were true, prevented witnesses from detailing what went wrong, and withheld documents that backed up both.” Holder’s behavior constituted genuine obstruction of justice and was so bad the House voted to hold him in contempt.

Now Cummings complains, he “sent 12 letters to the White House on a half-dozen topics” and has yet to receive a complete set of documents to answer the requests for information. Issa says that’s outrageous, but not on the Trump White House’s part, but on Cummings'.

“Six weeks? Cummings knows full well that our committee essentially spent six years being told by the Obama White House that they would consider our lawful requests – before denying them. By comparison, the Trump White House is a model of co-equal cooperation,” Issa explains.

Cumming’s constant unfair and disingenuous attacks on the Trump White House won’t do anything to restore the credibility of the left or its eager stenographers in the Opposition Media. As Issa concludes, “The bottom line is that Russian collusion was a ludicrous conspiracy theory, the disproving of which has left behind an enormous credibility gap in Washington. Too many Democrats jumped or fell in. If their current rhetoric is any indication, they won’t be climbing out anytime soon.”

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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