Let’s take three at once here.
First, the alleged Comey Memo. If that memo is real — that is, if there really was a conversation between Trump and Comey in which he tried to talk Comey out of investigating Mike Flynn then there’s real trouble brewing. What’s worse is that from reports thus far it appears the memo does exist.
That’s impeachable. It might, depending on the context, also be Obstruction of Justice, but I strongly doubt that it’s able to be prosecuted without some sort of attendant threat.
It’s not criminal to say that someone’s a “good guy” and ask if an investigation can be concluded. It becomes criminal if there’s a threat communicated that is linked to the statement and no, the fact that you can fire someone doesn’t make the statement into a threat.
So this is probably not an actual crime, but remember that impeachment is a political remedy, not a criminal one and therefore whether someone can be indicted is neither required or necessary. It just happens to be a bar that, if you can jump it, makes impeachment far more likely to succeed.
Politically it would be suicidal for the Republican Party to support an impeachment over this issue and thus they won’t, provided it stands alone and nothing else of substance appears that is linked to it.
Where the calculus changes immediately and irrevocably is if there is more; that is, if there is actual proof of some sort of collusion with the Russians within the Trump Administration or transition team and this memo proves up. There is a monstrously-deranged set of views that this “must” exist somewhere, somehow among the Democrat party and although being unable to find and prove it up they cling to it like the hard-right clings to their bibles and anti-gay rhetoric. Both sorts of irrational garbage are equally destructive, by the way and this one is literally tearing the Democrat Party apart.
I will note that there is no evidence at all for this sort of link as things stand right now and I don’t believe it exists either based on the data that is in the public but if it emerges then Trump is burnt toast.
Second, on the so-called classified data allegedly given to the Russians in the meeting in the Oval Office. So what?
Folks, there are two non-issues here. First, the President can declare anything, classified or not, sharable with anyone he wishes. I remind you that Obama did this repeatedly with various foreign state actors in the context of terrorism. Second, in that context I’d hope the President would do so if it advances the cause of catching or killing those jackasses. Nobody said a single word when Obama did the same thing, and the reason for it simple: It not only isn’t illegal or improper it’s expected and normal. If you’re deranged enough to go after Trump on this then you might want to consider consuming a whole bottle of Drano, as doing so would measurably improve the collective IQ of the country.
Finally, Seth Rich. Over the last few days there have emerged claims that Seth Rich just prior to being murdered did send tens of thousands of emails to Wikileaks. I remind you that when Seth was alleged shot in a “robbery” not one thing was taken from him. I said at the time that this alleged “robbery story” stunk to high Hell and it now appears evidence is emerging that he in fact was the leaker to Wikileaks on the DNC materials and thus the odds are extremely high, given the proximity of his murder to him doing so, that he was murdered because someone found out that he had done so. This is very plausible and it required only that someone was watching him at the time.
If Seth Rich was murdered for leaking DNC materials to Wikileaks then he was politically assassinated and that points straight back at the Clintons, Obama and the DNC generally.
That, my friends, should be the story here.
Originally published at Market Ticker.