From left, FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan arrive at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on world wide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Many Americans understand why President Donald Trump and the administration’s team of investigators might be desiring prison time for perpetrators of the Russian collusion cooked up by Christopher Steele, paid for by Clinton cronies, and laundered through the Obama State and Justice Department.
“This was treason. This was high crimes,” Trump told Sean Hannity in a recent interview. “This was everything as bad a definition as you want to come up with. This should never be allowed to happen to our country again.”
The White House reporter for Politico finds the idea Trump and his supporters might be expecting the hoax conspirators to see jail time “hyperbolic”.
On Twitter, on conservative cable TV and in countless interviews, [President Trump and his allies] claimed the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies are on the verge of being exposed for planting spies, falsifying evidence and forging testimony. They’ve relished in the possibility that a federal prosecutor on the case could file criminal charges. And they’ve predicted jail time for top Obama-era leaders who they say were behind a “deep state” plot to take down Trump.
They’re expecting all of this to come from a spate of Justice Department probes reviewing the full scope of the Trump-Russia investigation, which culminated earlier this year with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
This reporter then lays out another scenario where nothing but procedural reforms will be made and insinuates this kind of over-the-top expectation is just more of Trump being Trump.
“Such outsize expectation setting has become de rigueur in the Trump era, with the long-running Trump-Russia probe particularly prone to embellished predictions,” he writes.
That’s all very fine and well, except no one thought there was an attempt by political enemies to create a narrative that Trump was colluding with Russia using fabricated opposition research paid for by Trump’s main political rival.
But there was.
And everyone definitely thought Robert Mueller was going to discover that Trump most definitely did collude with Russia to win the presidency.
But he didn’t.
So it might behoove this reporter to withhold judgment on what he thinks are “sensationalized promises” when it comes to whether or not U.S. Attorney John Durham will find reason enough to indict some of the collusion key players.
It’s certainly true he may not.
But then again, he may.