A push by Democrats to impeach President Trump at this point could ultimately backfire on them. (Photo: Pete Marovich, Bloomberg)
By Willie Brown
June 10, 2017
It was great entertainment, but for all the hype, the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings that featured former FBI Director James Comey failed to deliver a knockout punch.
You are not going to get another “All the President’s Men” out of this story.
At least not yet. The facts are not there. Yes, Russia meddled in the presidential election, and yes, President Trump wanted Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials.
But so far, there is no silver bullet that will bring the president down. As tempting as it is for the Democrats to push the idea that Trump could be guilty of obstruction of justice and push for impeachment, that could ultimately backfire on them — it raises public expectations, but if it doesn’t happen, it looks like you tried to do something and failed.
That wouldn’t just hurt the party this time. If a real Trump scandal comes along, the Democrats will be haunted by a decision to spend their political capital and credibility on a scandal that came up short.
My advice would be to sit back, be polite and let special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation take its course.
Let the questions hang out there in the public’s mind, and leave the speculation to MSNBC.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearings gave the whole world an opportunity to see our junior senator, Kamala Harris — but not always to hear her.
On the first day of testimony, when she was sharply questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Harris was basically told by committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., to shut up.
As Rosenstein bobbed and weaved and Harris tried to pin him down, Burr cut her off and demanded that she “provide the witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended, fully across, for questions to get answered.”
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