Quite fittingly with “Avengers: Endgame” riding its worldwide phenomenon status, I write the conclusion to a different story. Still a game of heroes and villains, but the lines are a bit more muddled. Well, that and there’s no infinity gauntlet.
I wrote a couple of weeks back about the Mueller report, a 2-year investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the election.
My first story was about when it was declared that it was finished. The second was when they released a few more important details. Now, I’ll be discussing what we do now that it’s over.
As I’ve said in the past, there were no further indictments. This doesn’t necessarily exonerate the president of any wrongdoing because it’s outside of Justice Department practice to indict a sitting President.
What it does show is that there wasn’t any singular thing that was considered bad enough to indict him.
Not saying he didn’t do anything, there’s a difference between innocent and not guilty, but there wasn’t anything significant enough to put charges on the table.
What this tells me is that either President Donald Trump is incredible at covering his tracks or the guy might not have done anything bad enough to get charged.
That’s a question America will have to decide for itself.
Like I mentioned in my last article, it’s easy to conflate a bad person with illegal actions because illegal actions are typically bad. The logic stands for a moment but once you really think about it, it fails. The report is out and it still doesn’t seem like much is happening. I haven’t seen a single slap on the wrist from any real justice official about it, I only see the media barking back and forth like they normally do.
Another thing to be careful of in society is diluting our investigation and proper political movement with vitriol or glycerin. When your party spends all day and night praising a man, then we won’t believe your conclusion that he’s innocent. If you spend that same amount of time bashing his name into the ground, we won’t believe you either.
With that being said, let’s lay out what really happened and decide with finality.
No, President Donald Trump did not get indicted, but a few people did.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s previous campaign chairman, is spending time in federal prison now for conspiracy against the U.S. among other charges.
Richard Gates, another name on President Donald Trump’s team was charged with the same thing.
Michael Flynn, the previous Trump administrations security adviser was charged with lying to the FBI.
George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for President Donald Trump was charged and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russian officials.
It keeps going.
Michael Cohen, former attorney to the president was also charged with making false statements regarding Russia and also pleaded guilty.
I think the proper way to conclude is this: no, he was not indicted on any charges directly. But he’s guilty of picking the worst friends.