Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson on Friday rained hell on Trump supporters who are spiking the football in wake of the news that special counsel Robert Mueller did not establish there was a criminal conspiracy between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
In his latest column, the former George W. Bush speechwriter outlined all the unethical behavior that Trump and his associates engaged in during the 2016 presidential campaign, including taking meetings with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, openly encouraging the release of Clinton’s hacked emails, and trying to land a massive real estate deal with the Kremlin while running for president.
Although none of these actions may be technically illegal, Gerson writes, they are definitely unethical and work to benefit Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to undermine confidence in democracy.
“Trump supporters are doing a victory dance over the fact that he isn’t a Russian agent, just a Russian stooge,” Gerson writes. “And Trump’s supporters are spiking the ball following an investigation that did not clear the president of obstruction charges. So it is still a legal judgment call whether the president is a crook.”
Gerson then warns Trump fans that their president is only going to look worse once Mueller’s full report is released.
“Barr’s summary of the Mueller report is the most favorable interpretation Trump is likely to get,” he writes. “The report itself may be a catalogue of horrible judgment, unethical behavior and noncriminal corruption. It may put Trump Inc. in a very bad light. If and when it comes out in full. In the meantime, the Trump administration is defendant, judge and jury.”