Inspection- Unequal Protection, Unequal Prosecution


 Let’s set up an alternative scenario here, shall we? Whitewater is investigated. A Democrat Inspection investigator is appointed. President Clinton spends all that time ranting in public about how it’s all a witch hunt, firing his AG and others until he gets the puppets he wants. The report comes out and right up front he gets to go on and on about there being nothing there. There’s a lot of talk of the public never seeing the report. The AG says he will summarize it for us, the same AG who was against the whole thing to start and who shut down an investigation in the past. Newt and the other Republicans are perfectly fine with all that.
 ”Perfectly fine.”
 Could happen?
 No, it couldn’t.
 Anyone with an ounce of brain matter know Republicans would raise hell.
 So let me get this straight. In the 90s Ken Starr’s report was proudly paraded in front of the public. Cons wailed about what little kids had to hear about (“had to?”), but Mueller’s report can be buried, glossed over, might be offered only as very conveniently edited Cliff Notes? So much for right wing concern for rule of law.
 Apparently it’s crucial the public and little kiddies learned about BJs, accusations of perjury and sexual innuendo if it’s a Democrat, but if it’s a Republican, no matter how bad he behaves, it’s to be swept under the rug even if it’s about those so eager to win an election they’re willing to commit treason. Doesn’t matter which way the report leans. For equal protection equal prosecution and equal revealing of any resulting report are all necessary.
 Then, of course, you have the obstruction and lying some have already been indicted for, some convicted. You know… “perjury?”
 Did I hear an echo from the past from Jerry Nadler on the news saying since we paid for it, since the investigation was done in the people’s name, we must be able to see the full report? Hey, no matter what the conclusions: if who Bill Clinton was getting oral from, what and how he testified, was as Newt said, “The most important thing for us to be doing…” then the conclusions about Russian interference, perjury and conspiring are at least as important. But this isn’t just perjury, or inappropriate sexual behavior. This is Rosenberg-like stuff: no matter what the conclusions, and we should know where it all stands as of now. It’s our report. We paid for it. It’s crucial to our representative form of governance.
 Any other stance means Republicans presidents must get a pass, every Democrat President doesn’t and also must be investigated perpetually. You know, like Hillary Clinton? How many Benghazi investigations? E-mails? It’s damn obvious none of these special efforts to protect Donnie would never have applied to a President Hillary, or a President Bernie.
 I always like to pull back and look over the precedent for the future being set. Here it is: a one party state with a two party façade. You know, like Russia? At least Russia has multiple parties, even though that’s really a many shell Carnie game for Russian public rubes. It still amounts to a one party authoritarian oligarchy. This has been the game plan since at least Gingrich: a one party system and something they dare call a party that the one party has effectively neutered and made their bitch.
 Comparing the Trump and Clinton is absurd. With Bill they started with Whitewater: proved bupkis, went to Travelgate, Socks the Cat-gate, Trooper-gate, multiple women-gate and not one of these was substantial enough to become Monica-gate, and mostly proved bupkis. The few attempts to prosecute over the accusations resulted in… wait for it… bupkis. In the end, despite all that, they had to go with a consensual affair Bill wasn’t “forthcoming” about according to the judge. Mueller on the other hand stuck with Russia and his indictments, his convictions mostly dealt with lying to him and obstruction: all valid pursuits by Mr. Mueller. We need to at least see the full report, like we did Clinton, to know, like Clinton, what the accusations are, what the investigation revealed.
 All the whining, the “witch hunt” cries, the constant over the top of “no collusion?” To me all that alone amounts to attempts to obstruct justice, if nothing else.
 So far it’s obvious there are different rules for Republican presidents, maybe no rules at all: unequal protection that amounts to unequal prosecution. And that’s a clear path to one party rule.

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Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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