Given the indictments yesterday, it may look like justice will be served in the Trump-Russian investigation. However, there is a lot going on in American politics today that our Founding Fathers did not count on. In the first place, they did not count on the fact that America may have elected an entire crime family to occupy the White House. They also did not count on a media conglomerate dictating what an entire political party does.
It seems that the Framers of our Constitution believed that the President would be a person of upright moral integrity, thus they gave him the power of the pardon. Keep in mind that even Richard Nixon did not pardon his co-conspirators. But Donald Trump can and will pardon everybody involved in this Russian scandal. Even though lying to the FBI is a federal offense, Trump can pardon anyone for it. Even treason against the United States can be pardoned by the President.
Trump can and will pardon everyone involved in order to keep this investigation from touching him. And if Trump is found guilty of treason, Mike Pence can pardon him. If Mike Pence is also found guilty of collusion, President Paul Ryan can pardon him also—and get on with his main agenda of cutting taxes for the rich.
It seems that we are going to need a few more Constitutional Amendments after the Trump administration, but we are not going to get them. The Framers of our Constitution most likely believed that a political party would put country over party, but that is not today’s Republican Party. We may never get the laws and amendments that we need to guard against this happening again. We are going to have to hope that America will never be stupid enough to again elect a crime boss to the oval office.
It is already clear that Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, taking foreign money while in office, but the Republicans are looking the other way. At some point, we may have to consider that the entire Republican Party is in collusion with Trump—allowing him to commit treason, so they can get their agenda passed.
There is currently no law requiring a President, or presidential candidate, from releasing his (or her) tax returns, but all presidents and candidates in the modern age have done so. Until Trump. What is he hiding? We may never know. Hopefully, Mueller knows though.
But keep in mind, that Trump can still have Mueller fired. Fox ‘news’ is already laying the groundwork for such firing. Given that Trump supporters only watch Fox ‘news’—they will think that the firing is entirely justified.
Sorry about the bad news, especially on a day where it looks hopeful that Robert Mueller will get to the bottom of this. But the fact remains that eventually no one will be punished, even if we know that they are guilty. The only good news may be that some of these crimes can be prosecuted at the state level, where the presidential pardon cannot reach.
By the way, the media conglomerate who is dictating the agenda of one political party? If you didn’t already guess—Fox ‘news’. But that is fodder for an upcoming blog.