Democrats have long echoed the line that the 2016 presidential election was illegitimate or, because it did not reach the conclusion they were hoping for, illegal or otherwise nefarious activities transpired behind the scenes.
The immediate line these Democrats pushed was that Donald Trump must have colluded with Russia to win the election. Despite offering no evidence outside, Democrats called for President Trump to be investigated: him, his family, his campaign—anything and everything that could eventually get him out of office.
Democrats got their wish when the Justice Department called for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the activities of the 2016 election.
But, what happens, after two years of investigating, should he come up with nothing?
What if Trump is clean after years of Democrats, including senior members of Congress, and members of the mainstream media have been perpetuating the line that Trump colluded and the 2016 election was illegal?
According to ABC News’ Terry Moran, this would be “a reckoning.”
As the Daily Caller reports, ABC News’ “This Week” host Martha Raddatz asked Moran, “How big a deal is it if they don’t find collusion for the president?”
“Huge,” Moran replied. “He’s cleared. If Robert Mueller comes back, Mueller became a folk hero in the United States. The central and most serious question in this investigation, the reason Robert Mueller started it: Did the current president of the United States assist the Kremlin in an attack on our democracy?”
“And if Mueller, after two years, comes back and says, ‘I don’t have the evidence to support that charge,’ that’s a reckoning. That’s a reckoning for progressives and Democrats who hoped that Mueller would essentially erase the 2016 election. It’s a reckoning for the media. It’s a reckoning across the country if in fact after all this time there was no collusion,” Moran concluded.
Here’s more, from the Daily Caller:
Mueller is expected in the near future to send a confidential report on the Russia probe to Attorney General William Barr. A former FBI director, Mueller was appointed special counsel on May 17, 2017.
While the special counsel has indicted nearly three dozen individuals over those 22 months, no Trump associates have been indicted for conspiring with Russians to influence the 2016 election. Several Trump associates have been charged or pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and Congress, but none have been accused of collusion.
Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, was found guilty of financial crimes related to work he did for Ukraine years before he joined the Trump campaign.
President Donald Trump has insisted since the beginning of the investigation that there is “no collusion.” Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen recently undercut one of the main sources of the collusion conspiracy theory: the Steele dossier.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr also dealt Democrats a setback on the collusion front when he said in an interview published on Feb. 7 that his panel has not found evidence of collusion.
“If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” Burr told CBS.
As the case for collusion has seemingly weakened, Democrats have shifted their focus to other potential Trump crimes, including his business dealings and his role in directing Cohen to pay Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
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