No Collusion? Calm Down the Hype Pt.1

25/03/2019

Some major bombshell news has been broken this week in the international arena (no pun intended regarding Syria). The first was Mueller’s report being submitted, with the US Attorney General honing in on the fact no collusion between Trump and Russia has been proven. The second is the claim that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, with headlines heralding the fall of the terror group. Headlines are fanciful creatures, aren’t they?

Collusion

When the theory that Russia interfered in the US election first came into fruition after Hillary’s awful campaign loss, the sceptic in me threw it aside as conspiracy – it was clear why the Democrats fell on their arses and Trump won, and Russia was an unnecessary scapegoat to vilify a man that already had ample targets on his back without relying on falsehoods. As time has gone on, however, and as investigations have proceeded, it has been proven that Russia did indeed interfere in the US elections, and that there were connections between people within the Trump campaign and Russia that have been unearthed. I do still stand by what I’ve said to friends before, which is that while Russia ‘interfered’, it is still very low on the list of dominant US election puppeteers.

As for Trump himself, regarding the report, there really is not much we can do but speculate at this point. US Attorney General, William Barr, has come out to say there is no evidence to prove collusion between Trump and Russia, but many are hesitant to take him at face value. Very few have actually seen the report and the contents within, so the general feeling I’ve garnered online is that people want to wait until the report is made public; they want to read it for themselves. Which is entirely fair, as it has, for better or worse, been a major focus of US and even global attention, and any conclusions made need to be informed ones.

There are some things that we can say for sure. While Barr has said collusion has not been proven, in the case of obstruction, the phrase ‘exoneration’ has made the rounds. Trump has not been exonerated of these claims, to our knowledge, and therefore suspicion may not be entirely unwarranted. Again, this depends on what the report says. We do know for a fact, however, that Trump has been involved in illegal activities, notably relating to finances in some form or another. A number of State investigations are still being carried out, and it is possible there are more leads that could prove wrongdoing.

There is no doubt that Trump has been involved in illegal activities, and even if he never had ‘direct’ contact with any Russians during his campaign in 2016, that so many in his inner circle did, and have been charged for it, he certainly was fully aware of what was happening around him. But I think one of the biggest points to be made here is that no matter what Trump is found guilty or innocent of, the likelihood of impeachment is relatively low, and the chances of any real consequences are, I imagine, practically zero. That he will serve time for crimes committed before or during his Presidency is something I struggle to see happening. Such is the way when elites of all colours get wrapped up in scandals and illegality – justice evades us.

So no, at this time it is irresponsible to say he has been exonerated, but we must wait for the report to be released – preferably in full without redactions – before we can make any sound judgements. It does delight me, in an admittedly cynical way, however, to watch the media and stringent “Russiagate” followers shy away when it appears their seemingly life’s work has been at least partly contested.

Part 2 HERE

 

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