What’s Next for Trump?

Now that Trump is exonerated, what next? Here’s a suggestion…

In the past, presidents have NOT gone after their opponents once they defeated them at the ballot box.

This is a mix of practicality and grace. They reason “We have better things to do with our limited time in office,” and “If we are vindictive, then next time our side loses, they’ll do the same to us, so let’s put our grievances behind us.” Occasionally, there’s a bit of charity: “Let us be magnanimous and try to work together.”

Does anyone think Donald Trump seems practically minded or eager to extend grace?  Yeah. Me either. And in this case, good for him.

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Yours truly hopes Trump stays true to this obstinate nature and refuses to let bygones be bygones.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a time for practical politics. And there’s always time for grace, which tragically we see far too infrequently these days in politics or anywhere else.

But as Ecclesiastes reminds us:

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

This is a time for justice.

In the past, live-and-let-live politics has permitted scoundrels to get away with dastardly deeds without comeuppance. In the long-run that only encourages more nefarious cheating and dirty tricks, adding to already inherently corrupt political gamesmanship – and the bad guys never are held to account.

Here’s hoping, now that he’s been completely exonerated of conspiring with Russians to steal the 2016 election, that Trump’s Justice Department investigates those who were unable to defeat him at the ballot box, but who resorted to illegal and fraudulent schemes to destroy his presidency.

It’s time for an unrestrained investigation of Barack Obama, and his administration, James Clapper and John Brennan, Loretta Lynch and James Comey and of course Hillary Clinton and her minions and anyone else who perverted the power they were trusted with. The compliant members of the media should be included in a thorough investigation of their role in this scandalous extra-legal attempted take-down.

The nation has avoided a coup d’état unprecedented in the lives of most Americans today. To let the culprits walk away without paying a penalty for their devious plotting and traitorous schemes would tell the next generation that abusing power is OK because no one will ever be held to account.

As Gary Bauer points out today, Mueller used 19 government lawyers, many of them staunch Hillary Clinton supporters, 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts and forensic accountants serving more than 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants and making 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.

None of this massive two-year investigation resulted in one iota of evidence of collusion with Russia by anyone in the Trump camp, including the president.

The Justice Department should model its investigation on standard operating procedures and avoid leaking false information to the media and misleading courts to get search warrants. Trump doesn’t have to lower his administration to the depths of his predecessor’s Deep State corruption. Justice can be served without tipping the scales.

And it should be.



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Mark Landsbaum is a Christian husband, father, grandfather and journalist who has written for a living for 43 years, ever since discovering he had no particular talents. He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin, and in the archives of the Orange County Register where he wrote another column for 10 years. He can be reached at Mark.Landsbaum@gmail.com.
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