- - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Delirious Democrats, lost in a deep, dark hole of their own making, just can’t put their shovels down. They just know that down there somewhere there’s the key to ridding themselves of Donald Trump. Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion report was a dry hole, but that must be because Attorney General William Barr is keeping the good stuff to himself. So it’s back to the shovels.

Two miserable weeks have passed since the the lightly redacted, 448-page Mueller report was released, effectively absolving the president of conspiring with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election. Barely concealing their rabid fury, never-say-die Democrats urge Mr. Barr to appear before two congressional committees to answer questions from Democrats frustrated that there’s no trail of theft and corruption leading back to Donald Trump. They’re determined to impeach him, though a better way to remove him lies almost at hand. We’ve impeached two presidents in our history, and both survived. That should tell the rabid something.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, will preside over Mr. Barr’s appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he is focused on the unexplored subplot of the Russia collusion saga: Who is responsible for starting the silly snipe hunt in the first place? He will have to contend with three grand-standing candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. They’re trying to break out of the pack and are likely to test the chairman’s lion-tamer skills as they compete to roar loudest at Mr. Mueller’s failure to draw blood.

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Though Mr. Mueller found no conspiracy, the delusional obsessed with impeachment now accuse Mr. Barr of missing the point of the law describing obstruction of justice. At his press conference earlier this month, the attorney general characterized the president as “frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks.” The rest of us nave noticed that, too. Such an emotional response to personal attack may be natural for regular folks, they reckon, but for Donald Trump, frustration and anger can only be proof that something sinister is afoot.

The hearing Thursday before the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee stands to be more volatile. If it comes to pass. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman, apparently wants outside lawyers to join lawmakers in grilling Mr. Barr, followed by a closed session when inquisitors could dig deeper for information blacked out in the Mueller report. The attorney general will have none of ploys to circumvent the law guarding protected material. He says he won’t be there if Mr. Nadler persists.

Mr. Trump has made it clear he is through cooperating with more investigations into so-called Russian collusion. “With all of this transparency, we finished ‘no collusion, no obstruction,’” he told White House reporters last week. “Then I get out, the first the day they’re saying, ‘Let’s do it again.’ And I said, ‘That’s enough.’”

Many Americans have had enough, too. It’s not that they have concluded the president is the second coming of George Washington who, legend says, would never tell a lie (the hatchet and the cherry tree, and all that). A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 58 percent of respondents say Mr. Trump was not truthful about the subject of the Mueller investigation. But while 37 percent favor starting the process of impeachment, a much larger 56 percent oppose it.

The public understands that the Oval Office is no place to look for a choir boy, and Donald Trump would never be mistaken for one. But warts and all, he won the presidency the way 44 presidents before him won it. Undeterred by his Democratic detractors, he insists that he would have accomplished more but for the Russian collusion hoax.

With another quarter of 3.2 percent economic growth fresh on the books, Americans who work for a living understand what congressional Democrats do not. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. You’ll only accomplish your own burial.

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