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Ruddy: Trump's Problem Is This, But Not That . . .

Ruddy: Trump's Problem Is This, But Not That . . .
President Donald Trump answers questions as he departs the White House April 26, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Friday, 26 April 2019 11:20 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Trump faces a political problem, not a legal one.

He gets that fact.

Facing growing calls for impeachment in the aftermath of the Mueller report, the President best summed up the game on Wednesday: “The Democrats are trying to win 2020.”

For almost two years, media outlets like CNN and MSNBC have been “pre-gloating” in expectation of Special Counsel Mueller’s report concluding the President had committed a crime.

Well, the report is public and found nothing of the sort.

In fact, it found the opposite: the President never obstructed justice.

While it offered areas of potential obstruction by the President, the report never concluded he engaged in such a crime.

On the day of the public release of the report, Attorney General Barr revealed something extremely important.

From the beginning of his probe, Mueller had apparently accepted Justice Dept. policy that a sitting President could not be indicted.

Based on that, Barr said he posed to Mueller a hypothetical:

“We specifically asked [Mueller] about the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) opinion and whether or not he was taking a position that he would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion. And he made it very clear several times that that was not his position. He was not saying that but for the OLC opinion, he would have found a crime. He made it clear that he had not made the determination that there was a crime."

With no smoking gun, no person holding a gun, and not even a dead body, the Mueller report was fairly conclusive: the President was not guilty of any crime.

This should have been the end of the Mueller saga (which I previously described as “an allegation in search of a crime.”)

But since its release, demands from Democrats for Trump’s impeachment have only grown.

Why?

The Democrats know what I know: Donald Trump is the only Republican who can win the White House in 2020. [He was the only one who could have won it in 2016.]

Today, Democrats appear divided in two groups: the first are people like Elizabeth Warren and billionaire Tom Steyer who want to impeach immediately.

And those like Pelosi, Schumer, and even Hillary, who want an impeachment, but see it as part of a slow-torture process.

Both groups share the same goal: removing Trump from office before 2020 to make a Democratic win for the White House all but certain.

The political game is underway.

Still, the really disturbing question for me remains: if the Russian intrusion in our election was so serious, why did President Obama do nothing to stop or at least punish the Russians for their actions at the time of the 2016 campaign?

The truth is that the Russian interference issue became a serious issue only after the election result which showed Donald Trump had won.

This is because Democrats and many in the media establishment simply can’t get over the fact Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

That’s really the bottom line about this whole fiasco.

The President is smart and right to keep up this line of attack: he faces a political threat not a legal one.

At the same time, he should continue delivering great results like lower taxes, massive job creation, reform of the VA and criminal justice systems, getting NATO to pay their fair share, an unprecedented deregulation of business and getting fair trade deals that benefit American workers.

In 2016, the American people ignored the chattering classes to vote for Donald Trump. If he keeps delivering, they will do the same in 2020.

Christopher Ruddy is CEO of Newsmax, one of the country's leading conservative news outlets. Read more Christopher Ruddy Insider articles — Click Here Now.

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