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Thursday, October 15, 2020

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Whoever said patience is a virtue should also have mentioned that patience is a close relative of procrastination. The United States fought and won World War II in three months shy of four years. It has been three months longer than four years since rogue Obama administration officials initiated an unwarranted attempt to derail Donald Trump’s presidency, and still no justice has been meted out. Sadly, Americans are going to the polls in a new presidential election without a full accounting of mischief committed during the previous one. There is little virtue in that.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has told Republican lawmakers, Axios reports, that the results of a nearly two-year investigation conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the bogus “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of alleged Trump-Russia collusion will not wrap up anytime soon: no expose like the 448-page Mueller Report that cleared the Trump campaign of wrongdoing, and no indictments of those involved. The president and the public had been led to believe results would be forthcoming before Labor Day. Now they’ve been informed to expect nothing before Election Day.


The news doesn’t sit well with Mr. Trump, who responded that he was “very disappointed.” The president has spent every day of his four years in office with a cloud of doubt hanging over his legitimacy. Just as disturbing, he has been forced to campaign for re-election while wondering if the perps may walk, and then come right around for a second try at deposing him. Such may comprise the bitter fruit of public office in a banana republic, but better should be expected in the United States.

The president has authorized the declassification of all documents related to the Trump-Russia investigation, and their flow into the public spotlight has revealed that suspicions of nefarious schemes on the part of the Trump team was wishful thinking at best and at worst, a concoction by partisans backing Mr. Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The release last week of an FBI spreadsheet analyzing the anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele revealed futile efforts to prove that Republican candidate Mr. Trump, not bureau assets themselves, was engaged in election subterfuge. Americans have already learned that many of the dossier’s sordid accusations were sourced to a suspected Russian spy. Now peering at the paperwork from the FBI’s failed attempts to verify the charges, the public can see it was the agents of “Crossfire Hurricane” who were engaged in roguery.

Mr. Durham may fear charging anti-Trumpers with crimes so close to an election would be viewed as an effort to boost the president’s re-election bid. Were he to slow-walk release of his findings, though, he would effectively be aiding Democratic contender Joe Biden by suppressing the president’s vindication. Lady Justice may be blind, but she should not sit on her hands and play dumb.


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