Donald Trump is in a whole lot more trouble right now than he thinks he is

Does an innocent man ask James Comey to let the Flynn thing go? Does an innocent man then fire James Comey? Does an innocent man declare his innocence before being accused? Does an innocent man have legions of his underlings found guilty of crimes, the outcomes of which happened to benefit him? Does an innocent man appoint people who wouldn’t even consider doing anything that might expose his culpability? Does an innocent man kowtow to the strongmen in charge of hostile foreign adversaries? Does an innocent man have secret meetings with them? Who cares about what Bill Barr scribbled out in his letter Sunday? The facts are in: Donald Trump is guilty.

Robert S. Mueller III, assuming he did his job, compiled a cornucopia of evidence regarding Russian connections to Trump. Contrary to the belief of many, his job was not to deliver a guilty verdict on Trump; it was his job to get to the truth. Mind you, the truth and Barr’s rendition of the truth are not necessarily the same thing. Taking things out of context and cherry-picking facts can bastardize the original meaning of just about anything. For example, if one were to take the first, second, fourth, eighth, and thirteenth words from “Trump is not a calculating evildoer like Dick Cheney, who was once head of Halliburton,” you’d be left with a remarkably different, albeit true, sentence.

Games aside, Trump proclaiming “complete exoneration” is astounding for two reasons: 1. He’s seriously overlooking the fact that he’s not been exonerated of anything, and 2. I wasn’t aware he was capable of vocalizing words in excess of four syllables. The Mueller Report, as it’s been dubbed, will come to no conclusions any which way. Barr and Rosenstein can claim “no obstruction” all they want, but ultimately that’s for the House of Representatives to decide.

The Mueller Report might have been presented to Barr, but it was surely written for the House, as a punctilious recitation of what exactly happened, which is constitutionally where presidents must be assessed by the scale of justice. Just like in a court of law, the House is fed facts and decisions are rendered.

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