It looks like the mainstream media is setting the table for the American public to eat up attempts to impeach President Trump. Reports in both the New York Times and CNN this week tell of discussions the man himself had with his in-house counsel who apparently talked him out of prosecuting both Hillary Clinton and former FBI head James Comey.
On several occasions, President Trump raised the idea of prosecuting Hillary Clinton, which he had repeatedly pledged on the campaign to do once in the White House.
Trump raised the subject with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Matt Whitaker, who was then-chief of staff to Jeff Sessions, according to CNN. “The President also wanted his previous White House counsel, Don McGahn, to ask the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton on numerous occasions, but McGahn rebuffed doing that,” CNN said.
The New York Times reported that Trump raised the notion last spring, asking questions about prosecuting Clinton and also former FBI Director James Comey.
McGahn reportedly “rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution. Mr. McGahn said that while he could request an investigation, that too could prompt accusations of abuse of power. To underscore his point, Mr. McGahn had White House lawyers write a memo for Mr. Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment,” the Times reported.
Ahh, there’s that phrase, “abuse of power,” that could well be what the Democrats are going to try to prove if their bleating about impeachment actually comes to pass. (Since the Senate actually does the trial, there are no worries on Trump being removed based on such idle reports.) The narrative of a man persecuting his enemies using the office of President of the United States is taking shape. The same reports claim that Trump approached former Attorney General Jeff Sessions about a special counsel to do the dirty work investigating and that the gentleman from Alabama refused.
That doesn’t mean that an investigation was not launched. It just wasn’t done in the public eye.
By March 2018, Sessions rejected calls from Republican lawmakers to appoint a second special counsel to investigate alleged abuse by the FBI and Department of Justice.
“I take the concerns you raise seriously,” Sessions wrote in a letter to three Congressional committee chairmen Thursday, The New York Times reported. “No institution is perfect,” he said.
Instead, Sessions tapped Utah’s top federal prosecutor, John Huber, to look into the allegations against the FBI and DOJ, and accusations that Clinton’s alleged involvement with Uranium One were not fully investigated, CNN reported.
Huber is doing his work outside the beltway. He is also testifying before a Congressional committee on December 5.
No, the timing of these reports isn’t suspicious at all.