December 17, 2017

Jim Geraghty: So, when does the evidence of collusion get here anyway?

Accusations by Democrats and the media, but I repeat myself, are easy to make. Proving those accusations? Much harder!

Democrats are increasingly convinced that the seemingly endless storm of allegations around Trump will inevitably lead to his impeachment, and an impeachment that will come soon, not late in Trump’s first term. They’re convinced that evidence of Trump violating the law exists, and they’re convinced that the FBI or the investigating committees in Congress will find it.

Are any Democratic lawmakers starting to fear that they’re not going to find that evidence? The intelligence community is presumably always watching the Russian government as closely as they can. The FBI counterintelligence guys presumably track Russian agents on our soil as much as possible. You figure the NSA can track just about any electronic communication between Russians and figures in the Trump campaign.

If there was something sinister and illegal going on between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the U.S. government as a whole had every incentive in the world to expose that as quickly as possible. They didn’t expose it before Election Day, they didn’t expose it before the Electoral College voted, they didn’t expose it before Inauguration Day… How many months have the best investigators in the United States been digging into this?

Imagine a scenario where the FBI and prosecutors eventually can prove some underling violated the law – obstruction of justice? Lying to investigators? — but not Trump. Will Democrats accept that? Pity the FBI and intelligence community. They have to get to the bottom of this in a world where just under half of Capitol Hill, most of the media, almost all of academia, a good portion of the think-tank world and “intellectual class” etc., believe that the real mission of the investigation is to “correct the error” of the 2016 election.

The media, and the Democrats, who are eager to delegitimize Trump, and his election will not allow something like lack of evidence deter them of course. the Left, remember, creates narratives. Narratives that do not live or die because of evidence or facts. These narratives, which are really nothing short of propaganda, are based on a false reality the left wishes to create to achieve a certain end. In this case the end is to deter Trump from achieving as much of his agenda as president as possible. Actual reality? Bah! The Left does not need any stinking reality!