- - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Each Trump accomplishment annoys the Washington Globalist Establishment (WGE) — Republicans and Democrats in Congress alike — because they believe they should still run the country.

The Democratic position is clear: They want President Trump gone. Most Republicans, led by Paul Ryan in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate, want the same, but they are marginally more discreet in their contempt for their boss.

When the Republican presidential nomination came down to Mr. Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, the Senate, which collectively hated Mr. Cruz, took action. When the Texas senator sang the praises of Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell urged Mr. Sessions to throw his support to Mr. Trump which stuck a dagger into Mr. Cruz’ hopes of winning.

Mr. Sessions in turn lobbied for the attorney general job and Mr. Trump graciously gave it to him. Both senators and many others knew about the quiet DOJ Trump-Russian probe (the Strzok-Page “insurance policy” to combat Mr. Trump’s presidency).

Mr. Sessions at the top would ensure the continuance of this inquiry and as a committed WGE member, the new attorney general readily agreed to recuse himself from any Russian investigation. With Mr. Sessions at bay, Obama holdover Rod Rosenstein promptly appointed a special prosecutor to dig up fodder Democrats could use to impeach the president once they regained Congress after the midterms.

Mitt Romney has long despised Donald Trump and by way of payback, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Romney’s former presidential running mate, has doggedly undermined the president every chance he gets. Rather than working to execute the president’s agenda, he pedals his own called a “Better Way.”

He heads a long list of lame duck Republican congressmen who, realizing their Establishment days are numbered, have decided to use their precious remaining time to criticize the president for every initiative he pursues: Tariffs, immigration, NATO, North Korea and of course mending relations with Vladimir Putin. Democrats welcome the support from Republicans, knowing that Mr. Trump’s own party can market disdain for the president on CNN and MSNBC far better than they can.

Further, they spew their anti-Trump rhetoric with the blessing of most of their Republican colleagues. And although Mr. Ryan announced he is leaving in January, Republicans seem perfectly content with letting their feckless boss lead them into the November elections. With 41 competitive Republican seats up for grabs, they purposefully have chosen to lead from a position of weakness, not strength.

Ironically, the only collusion and corruption uncovered in the past two years has occurred on the Clinton side with fawning DOJ accomplices, but these crimes don’t interest the Mueller team, certainly not the Democrats, nor most congressional Republicans.

For over a year, a few frustrated conservatives have demanded critical documents from the DOJ to expose the truth about the Russian investigation, but the deputy attorney general smugly defies them. He knows this niggling troupe doesn’t come close to representing the 236 House Republican majority. The threat of a congressional contempt citation has rolled off his back as it did with former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Now the threat of impeachment must broaden Mr. Rosenstein’s smarmy smile. Lame duck Ryan has publicly chastised the conservative group, which has been a constant thorn in his side, by calling their maneuver “cavalier” and stating clearly that he opposes it.

Under Ryan-McConnell leadership, impeachment proceedings would never pass the House and surely a recommendation to impeach would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate. This desperate attempt by the avid congressmen only spotlights the mockery of a Republican-led Congress.

So where does that leave the president? Essentially in a box. Even though the Mueller investigation originated for fallacious reasons and has expanded well beyond its mandate, Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell won’t call out Robert Mueller.

And Mr. Trump can’t stop him either because if he tries, Republican members have threatened to bring action against him. He can’t fire anyone — Mr. Sessions and Mr. Rosenstein for starters — because he will be accused of punishing his enemies.

His only recourse is to declassify the documents Devin Nunes so desperately wants. By so doing he is merely keeping his promise of transparency. While perfect timing would be just after Labor Day, regrettably he is getting feeble legal advice not to proceed.

But if he fails to declassify the documents, he will enable the probe to run through the mid-terms and perhaps even conjure an October surprise, either of which would enhance the Democrats’ chances in November. If that happens, the Trump agenda will grind to a halt, the next two years will be blanketed with impeachment hearings and the Clinton cabal will conveniently disappear as it would have already had Hillary Clinton been elected.

If they lose in November, Republicans will quietly celebrate that the Washington Globalist Establishment is back in power. Besides they will feel less pressure as they resume the congressional minority. And if they do lose, they shouldn’t blame their donors who they hawk constantly for donations — just themselves for engineering their self-inflicted collapse.

• Robert A. Taft is a former deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for international operations, CEO of the World Trade Center Association of Florida, and consultant with the Defense Intelligence Agency.


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