I was aware that the incoming Democratic majority in the House of Representatives had promised to launch all sorts of investigations against President Trump. I was not aware that this appears to be part of yet another tactic to attempt to undo the results of 2016’s Presidential election.
The attempt to undo the 2016 election has gone through various phases, some overlapping in time period.
The first phase was the attempt to prevent the transfer of power by intimidating Electoral College Electors into not following their respective state votes.
Then came the protest phase, fueling the Inauguration protests and Women’s March, and Antifa.
Then came the Mueller phase, Part I … the current phase of The Resistance is the public lawfare against all things Trump, led by Democrat state attorney generals. Unlike the prior phases, the public lawfare is not just against Trump, his campaign or inner circle, it’s an attempt to take down Trump World.
And starting in January, House committees will join this public lawfare, and possibly the House as a whole through impeachment proceedings.
Timothy O’Brien at Bloomberg News calls it a Legal Vise:
The breadth of investigations is so sweeping — as many on social media and reporters with the Washington Post, the Associated Press, and Bloomberg News have already noted — that few of the worlds Trump inhabits have escaped prosecutors’ attention. The Trump Organization, the Trump Foundation, the Trump family, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, the Trump inauguration, and the Trump White House are all being probed for wrongdoing.
Wired counts 17 investigations, as summarized here by Axios … This is a full frontal attack on Trump World. And it’s just a continuation of the refusal to accept the results of the election with a Lilliputian strategy to tie down the giant. The sheer breadth of investigations is the point.
There’s more at the link.
As I’ve said many times in these pages, I did not support President Trump in the 2016 election. I continue to have serious reservations about the way in which he conducts himself in office. Nevertheless, the man was fairly elected in accordance with our Constitution, and he’s done a great deal of which I heartily approve during his period in office so far. Barring a better candidate, he’ll have my support in 2020.
Having made my position clear, let me say that if these allegations are correct – if these investigations are part of a giant plan to tie up the President and the Executive Branch of government, preventing them from exercising their office by wasting their time and resources in answering a barrage of politically motivated investigations – then IMHO, this amounts to treason. It would do so whether launched from the left or the right wing of US politics. If an offense against Presidential office, authority or powers has been committed, by all means uncover it; but these investigations appear to be focusing on anything but that. They’re trying to trip up the Presidency, and by extension the running of our country, by tossing all sorts of unrelated tripwires in front of it.
I can only hope that the sheer venom, vitriol and bitterness of the forces trying to undo the results of a legitimate election by illegitimate means will make themselves clear to the US electorate . . . and I can only hope that the electorate will respond appropriately in 2020. That’s not an anti-Democrat sentiment, by the way. It’s an anti-fanatic, anti-extremist, anti-revolutionary sentiment.