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National media, FBI seem to be 'chasing a unicorn'

Hank Hayes • Mar 31, 2017 at 8:35 AM

I am so ready to move on from this Trump-campaign-colluded-with-Russia storyline.

The national media, in addition to the FBI, appear to be obsessed with it.

Yes, it’s true Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election although it couldn’t get into voting machines.

But as for the notion that the Donald J. Trump for president campaign conspired with Russia during that time, my gut tells me there’s nothing there.

It all looks like and sounds like partisan politics.

I think the national media and FBI are chasing a unicorn.

Here in my office, we used to use the expression “chasing a unicorn” to mean we’re after a story that is not attainable.

So what if Trump campaign operatives made promises or had past ties to Russia? Political campaigns are not governments.

Presidential campaigns should talk to foreign governments before an election. Relationships must be established. I got the impression the Trump people wanted to hit the ground running.

For me to take this Trump campaign/Russia collusion story more seriously, I need something more than “there is an investigation going on.”

Show me the documentation. At some point we need a report, either from Congress or the FBI, specifically listing alleged campaign improprieties. We then need something actionable that would lead to an indictment (which basically says there’s enough evidence to go to trial) or a special prosecutor.

For me, the appointment of a special prosecutor would be the time to take this story seriously. Not only can special prosecutors look at the subject at hand. They are like roving searchlights. Just ask Bill Clinton. Special Prosecutor Ken Starr went from investigating Whitewater to examining the president’s relationship with a certain intern.

But if none of that is going to happen, let’s move on.

As for Trump, the current president, I believe we have sufficient checks and balances in place. For instance, Article Two and Section Two of the Constitution says the president, by and with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, shall have the power to make treaties provided two-thirds of the senators concur.

In the meantime, there’s a lot of energy and time being spent on something that may result in nothing.

Hank Hayes covers politics and business for the Times-News. You can reach him at: [email protected]

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