President Donald Trump took the opportunity during Wednesday evening’s highly touted State of the Union address to shame Democrats for engineering multiple politically-motivated investigations to harass and intimidate his administration, arguing that these “ridiculous” inquiries — including Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe — are stalling American progress.
A call for national unity
“On Friday, it was announced that we added another 304,000 jobs last month alone — almost double what was expected,” Trump said. “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”
He continued: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way!”
Although the president refused to mention the special counsel by name, his comments were clearly directed at undermining this Democrat-dominated fishing expedition. The special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia has proceeded uninterrupted for 18 months, and so far, Mueller has failed to publicly expose even one instance of collusion.
While special counsel prosecutors have succeeded in indicting several members of Trump’s inner circle, the overwhelming majority have been charged in highly controversial perjury traps meant to compel campaign surrogates to “flip” on the president. So far, the special counsel doesn’t appear to have gleaned anything useful from this draconian tactic.
The scope of Mueller’s investigation has been limitless. In matters exceeding his mandate, Mueller simply defers to other federal prosecutors with the jurisdiction to carry on an investigation where he is legally prohibited from proceeding. This led to a fraud conviction of Trump’s former lawyer and accusations that the president committed campaign finance violations in 2016 by paying off a pair of former alleged lovers — a charge that subject matter experts have called “not a crime at all.”
Without any evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever, incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James has vowed to go after “anyone” whose only apparent crime is knowing the president. “We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” she told NBC News in December.
Investigations are supposed to be initiated by evidence of wrongdoing, but James is prepared to ignore this pesky civil right. “We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law,” she said.
A Senate investigation into Trump-Russia collusion is still ongoing, and although the House concluded its White House investigation nearly one year ago, the newly-elected Democrat majority promised to open up a host of conspiratorial investigations that will surely keep the administration busy until 2020.
So far, House Democrats have promised to probe Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his July meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the administration’s issuing of security clearances, the Trump Organization, the emergency response to hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in 2017, and dozens of other unrelated issues.
In total, Democrats pledged to hold 52 separate investigations aimed at taking down the presidency if they won in November, and that list has only grown since they have had control of the House.
Surely, these endless investigations will start to take a toll on a White House that has effectively defeated ISIS, supercharged the U.S. economy, rebuilt the military, and revitalized America’s border control services. And yet, nobody from either political party applauded during Wednesday’s State of the Union when Trump called for an end to these party smear campaigns.
Nonetheless, the American people heard their president loud and clear, and if approval numbers for the speech are any indication, they support Trump’s calls to end this hyperpartisan circus.