President Donald Trump has said, while discussing continued Democrat agitation, that nothing will satisfy the Democrats, even after the Mueller investigation found nothing to justify the two-year probe of allegations that he colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
And on Wednesday, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi answered a question as to what would satisfy the Democrats, she pretty much confirmed what the entire Russia probe — which has deeply divided Americans along partisan lines — was all about: "I’ll be satisfied when we have a new president of the United States who is a Democrat.”
The irony of all this is that in the last presidential debate, candidate Trump was asked (and candidate Hillary Clinton was not) whether he would accept the results of the election, were he to lose. When Trump said he would have to wait and see, based on whether the election was conducted fairly, the Democrats in and out of the media castigated him. They argued that accepting the results of the election was the patriotic thing to do.
Yet, the Democrats have clearly indicated that they will never accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, no matter what. Instead, they are trying to keep up the pretense that there is something hidden deep in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that would implicate Trump in some sort of wrong-doing about something.
Although certain laws restrict the publication of some portions of the Mueller report (such as grand jury testimony), the Democrats, led by Pelosi, are insisting that they see all 400 pages. Pelosi said it was only a “matter of time” before the full report is made public, predicting, “We will see it.”
Pelosi was enraged at the congressional testimony of Attorney General William Barr, when he told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, “I think spying [on the Trump campaign] did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated [upon a legitimate legal investigation, rather than politically-inspired].” Barr added, “Spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”
Barr explained that he was “not saying that improper surveillance occurred; I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it, that’s all.”
Apparently, even “looking into it” is enough to anger the Democrats on Capitol Hill. “I don’t trust Barr, I trust Mueller,” Pelosi sniffed. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to Barr’s remark that there was spying on the Trump campaign, saying Barr was “peddling conspiracy theories.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) added his own opinion about the attorney general: “He is acting as an employee of the president. I believe the attorney general believes he needs to protect the president of the United States.”
Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, thinks that it is another president who is being protected — former President Barack Obama. “There is no way an opportunity like this to spy on a political opponent was not vetted at the highest levels of the government, whether it was Susan Rice or the Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes or Barack Obama himself.”
Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, even darkly warned that Barr’s allegation that there was spying was a “type of partisan talking point.” Schiff said it “strikes another destructive blow to our democratic institutions.”
Of course, Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer, and Hoyer had nothing to say about then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempting to meet secretly with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of an Arizona airport, just a few days before then-FBI Director James Comey called a press conference to clear Clinton’s wife and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the e-mail investigation. Only because a local reporter spotted the two do we even know about the meeting — the story was not broken by a national news media largely in the pockets of the Democrats.
But of course, Lynch and Clinton protested that they were only talking about their grandchildren.
Barr has said that he is waiting for the inspector general’s report on actions of the Justice Department in obtaining FISA warrants during the 2016 campaign, and expects to do his own investigation, as well. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) told Fox News that Barr’s promise to investigate the 2016 counterintelligence probe by the FBI was nothing more than “Republican conspiracy theory nonsense.”
Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tweeted a response to Nadler’s comment on Wednesday, accusing Nadler of having “diarrhea of the mouth.” He noted that Nadler was overheard last year on a train discussing his plans to impeach President Trump. “His lack of judiciousness was evident when he was overheard on Amtrak prematurely planning impeachment.”
Several questions about the two-year Russia investigation remain. As Lewandowski said Thursday, “The real question that Attorney General Barr has to determine is, how high in the previous administration did this go?”
Pelosi’s unusually honest remark — that she will not be satisfied until a Democrat is in the White House — places a bright spotlight on just how low Democrats are willing to go to keep power, and having lost it, how low they are willing to go to regain it.
Image Nancy Pelosi: Screenshot of an AP story about Nancy Pelosi