Ex-WH Official Blasts The GOP For Rewarding Trump’s ‘Corruption’ And Ignoring His Crimes
Writing at the Washington Post, Michael Gerson, who used to pen speeches for President George W. Bush, called out Republican lawmakers for enabling Donald Trump to commit the crimes that he has committed and turning a blind eye to evidence of lying and corruption in the Mueller report.
“President Trump’s claim of vindication by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report depends on some creative thinking. The president, it seems, is not guilty of conspiracy with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. He is only guilty of wishing really, really hard for Russian help and having his fondest desire miraculously granted,” Gerson began before adding sarcastically, “Whatever the non-collusive reason, Trump is clearly a lucky, lucky man.”
Getting into the details of Mueller’s report, Gerson wrote, “The Mueller report documents an atmosphere of routine, rewarded deception at the White House. In one case, after ordering then-White House counsel Donald McGahn to fire Mueller, Trump ordered McGahn to publicly deny that the request to fire Mueller was ever made. (McGahn, to his credit, refused both orders.) In another case, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders lied about the extent of opposition within the FBI to former director James B. Comey. Looking at the tape of her statement, it is remarkable how smoothly she dissembles. Obviously a valued skill in Trump’s orbit.”
Noting “the report strongly hints that obstruction of justice took place,” Gerson continued, “The evidence in the report is quite specific,” before added that Congressional leaders have to take up the charges sooner rather than later.
“So: No evidence of direct conspiracy between Trump officials and the Russians, but plenty of evidence of desired conspiracy. And: Limited ways to prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice while he is president, but strong evidence that obstruction was intended and occurred,” he wrote. “Already, Republicans are urging the country to move on. In this case, moving on would ignore and reward corruption on a grand scale.”