Okay, But Trump Is Still a Criminal

The White House has been taking a prolonged victory lap after receiving Robert Mueller’s inconclusive report. While Congress and the public at large are still waiting to see more than the attorney general’s brief summary of Mueller’s findings, it seems pretty unlikely at this point that Donald Trump will be taken down by Russian collusion charges.

The president has used this moment to “exonerate” himself, even though the report doesn’t do that, and fuel his usual monologue about how he’s treated unfairly and the news media invents lies to damage his reputation.

However, just because Trump didn’t directly conspire with a foreign power to steal an election doesn’t make him an innocent in general. On the contrary, the president is still very much a criminal.

For starters, we can’t forget the campaign finance violations from arranging undisclosed payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to keep them quiet about their respective sexual affairs during his presidential race. His lawyer Michael Cohen even had a tape of Trump acknowledging the illegal act.

Then there’s the matter of the emoluments clause that requires Trump to divest his assets while president. Despite pledges to take his money out to avoid apparent conflicts of interest, it’s clear that the follow through has been minimal, and no one has really taken him to task for not addressing these issues.

The Trump Foundation, the president’s “charitable” institution was caught up in so many accusations of impropriety and a “shocking pattern of illegality” that it finally had to shut down late last year. The non-profit appeared to be more of an opportunity for self-enrichment rather than philanthropic.

Let’s not forget the sexual assaults. Over a dozen women have come forward to accuse Trump of assault, and while so many of these cases do unfortunately come down to he-said-she-said, the fact he literally admitted to grabbing women’s crotches without warning and getting away with it should be everything you need to know about whether he’s committed crimes of this nature before.

Also, there’s Trump University, the scammy “school” that a court ordered to pay a $25 million settlement for defrauding its students.

There’s a clear pattern of illegality here that shows Trump has a disdain for following the rules. So much of this has been swept under the rug, though, even by Democrats, because they’ve figured a treason charge would be the easiest way to nail him on his collecting behavior. That’s proving to be a strategic mistake because he can be a completely unfit president without having colluded.

Resist the rhetoric that Trump has been vindicated. If Attorney General William Barr is correct that Trump is not guilty of collusion or obstruction of justice, Trump is sure doing nothing to stop undue Russian influence on our elections, particularly by insisting Russia didn’t try to meddle against all the evidence to the contrary.

Trump is hardly absolved of all his other non-Russia-related sins, and voters need to remember that rather than buying into the idea that Trump is some victim.

88 comments

Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 months ago

Like I said to you and paul, you BOTH hate pushback and ANYONE who HAS a different POV, YOU badmouth . It's there for all to see.
You can't even say with certainly what you THINK you know about MY position on anything as long as it isn't yours because most often you can't read beyond the first few words.
SUSANNE R would have you for a snack where intelligence is concerned

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

You're the last person who needs to talk about respect Rhoberta. You trash anyone who disagrees with your dishonest POV. Most progressives including Cornell West, Noam Chomsky, Jimmy Dore, and Chris Hedges agree with me that the Democrats have become corrupt like the Republicans, and caused this crook Trump to win. These people are much more intelligent than you, so it's clear that like SR, you're completely wrong about the issues.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 months ago

brian f
You look more ridiculous by every post you make these days. I'm convinced you are the "12" year old. However, most 12 year olds I know have manners and respect for others. YOU have none.

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

SR No one reads your dishonest comments. You've lost every argument you tried to make. You're just a troll who defends the corrupt Democratic party that cheated Bernie Sanders out of his primary, and anointed this Wall Street crook Hillary, who repulses people because she lies so much, and caused this crook Trump to win. Even a 12 year old kid knows more than you. Get lost. Even most intellectuals like Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore, Jamarl Thomas, Abby Martin, and Glenn Greenwald agree with me, which proves you're a liar.

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Susanne R
Susanne R3 months ago

Rhoberta E. - Thank you for kind words on my behalf, but it's YOU who is so far above BF's "pay grade" that he won't manage to get there if he lives to be 100 (just nine more decades). I think it's time to let BF talk to himself and his buddies "Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges Cornel West, and whoever Khazmir Khazhubusky is. I haven't come across a Care2 member he HASN'T annoyed. Imagine this scenario: no one reads his comments and no one responds to them, so he just whistles in the wind. It's a peaceful and beautiful thought. That's why he's going to repeat it and use it against me, or perhaps you.

Take care, my friend! Enjoy the weekend! I LOVE my Canadian neighbors!

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 months ago

brian f
Be careful !

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

Rhoberta E SR is a phony like you. I'm way more on point here than either of you.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 months ago

brian f
Be very careful brian. Your hate rhetoric towards other members is right on the verge of being flagged.
You couldn't hold a candle to Susanne R and you know it. She's WAY above your pay grade .

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

You're just a sore loser SR. You can't win an argument, so you invent phony accusations like plagiarism. The fact that intellectuals like Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Cornel West agree with me proves you are a liar. These people are much more intelligent than a troll like you. Now go away forever. You remind me of Hillary, who repulses people because she lies so much.

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Susanne R
Susanne R3 months ago

Rhoberta E. - I was posting while you were so I didn't see your comment until I had sent my own. Thank you for trying to get through to him, but I think it's a hopeless situation.

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