Trump-Detracting Pundits Are Struggling to Cope [OPINION]
While there is still a lot of anticipation about the findings in Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller's report, it seems pretty apparent that it will not contain the "red meat" that the Democrat and even Republican nemeses of President Trump were hoping for.
The reason I can state that because of an anonymous senior U.S. law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday that Mueller is not recommending any further indictments. The case is closed. The report is now in the hands of the Attorney General.
I'm increasingly amused with the theories and desperate holdouts who are looking to see how the Mueller report can still, somehow, find a path to impeach President Trump.
One of the more popular ones suggests that Mueller may have wanted to indict Mr. Trump but couldn't based on the Justice Department's more contemporary opinion. They believe the Justice Department policy is that the seated President of the United States cannot be indicted. While this is actually the current opinion, this is not an unmovable policy by any stretch.
The creation of the Executive Branch cabinet-level department happened under Ulysses Grant in 1870, but this opinion came about in 1973, 103 years later when Richard Nixon was president. It was reiterated again in an opinion written in October of 2000 by Randolph D. Moss, Assistant Attorney General under Janet Reno, the Clinton Administration Attorney General.
It's a bit complicated for most scenarios but as Walter Dellinger, a Duke University law professor, states, "There is no 'longstanding policy' against indictment of the president. Consider the 1973 OLC (Office of Legal Council) memo stating that a sitting president should not be indicted. Far from being authoritative, it was essentially repudiated within months by the Justice Department in the United States’ filing in the Supreme Court in United States v. Nixon."
He goes on to say that the 2000 assertion is also less than authoritative, as it "includes brief statements that a sitting president should not be indicted even if all further proceedings are postponed."
Let me assure you, my fellow Americans: If the Justice Department were to ever conclude that the President of the United States was a covert agent of an adversary nation such as Russia, that not-so-long-standing policy on shaky legal ground would be tossed aside. It's not in question. It would happen.
It may bring comfort to those holding out hope and remain ignorant or stubborn in their thoughts, but it had no bearing on Mueller's recommendations.
If you don't think so, It will be tough for me to take you as a serious person.
As for the pundits that I listened to on MSNBC last night, they are holding out hope that Mueller's report will contain in his findings that Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator, which will allow Congress to find this enough to impeach him.
I have to say, while I was interested in the "birther" movement, I was not hoping to discover that the first president with African-American heritage was disqualified. It would have been awful for the nation, and particularly awful for our black brothers and sisters who are our fellow citizens. They had (understandably) felt politically disenfranchised until his election.
I did not vote for President Obama, I did think his inauguration was a groundbreaking and fantastic sign of progress, and I was hoping I would grow to learn that he was a good president.
I think he is a good man, but he did as expected and disappointed me with his performance in the Oval Office.
What we are seeing and hearing from the left eclipses whatever grief President Obama got from Tea Party conservatives. This is open, unapologetic hatred for President Trump.
The radical right had aspects of ugly racism, no denying it. But these were fringe voices, who have been marginalized by the mainstream conservatives. No serious person in Washington or in a position of real influence encouraged Americans to hate Barack Obama.
Mainstream pundits and elected officials are bombarding the airwaves with vile and hateful statements, encouraging all to literally hate Donald J Trump. He has been called a racist, Nazi, inherently corrupt, a traitor, Russian agent and even worse. Where is there any call coming from the left to rein in the radical and reckless comments?
While Trump has earned the scorn of many with his filterless mouth and his ability to fire back at each and every attacker with unmeasured, boorish remarks, most of what he is accused of is unfounded, exaggerated and in some cases, just lies. With respect to the Mueller report, it appears he is about to be exonerated from this whole Russian collusion cloud he's lived under since before his inauguration.
I was patient. I was even okay with the $25 million dollars spent in this special investigation. Look, if the president was indeed an agent of Russia, and that could be proven, it is $25 million well spent. It's a no-brainer.
Enter the "Collusioner Movement." Those who never planned to respect the report's findings unless Trump was led away in shackles with unveiled, sensational proof that the Kremlin and he were plotting against our people. There will be books, lectures, websites, conspiratorial movies (Michael Moore is where my money lies) and an entire industry created.
They will mostly exploit the ignorant and make bank on their fears. If you think the "9/11 Truthers" or the Obama "Birthers" were unfortunate, wait until this gets going.
What you need to understand is, there are those who fund disruption, division and confusion into the streets of America. One provable element is the nation of Russia. Another is the so-called Deep State who, I believe, attempted a soft coup d'etat.
And guess what? A lot of you fell for it.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@