Investigations for the purpose of investigation, or to de-legitimize a political opponent has been, lately, a pretty good strategy. Unfortunately, it also backfires. It backfired on the Democrats with the Plame Game, and it backfired on the Republicans with Whitewater. Process crimes are mostly forgiven by the public if the economy is doing well, and real crimes by subordinates and friends are shoved under the rug by one party and the media (but I repeat myself) and sound like "whataboutism" from the other. Normally, I tend to wash my hands of all the nonsense, the longer someone has been involved in politics, the more corrupt people they have met and the more corrupt they become. So, our former Community Organizer in Chief most certainly would have friends and or political supporters who would both involve him in their shady practices and help him with his own, and the same can be said about the former governor of a small southern state with little of his own cash, a wandering eye, and a high-powered law partner for a wife and the former owner of a major league sports team in Texas (former home of the NCAA "death penalty", for following the rules). If you felt like it you could go on line and dig up published lists of their friends, relatives, confidants, campaign workers, lawyers and nannies who ended up in jail for basically theft. Right? Those people were put in jail for stealing money in one way or another.
But starting with the Plame affair, there's been a change. In the Plame affair, a cabal of careerists in the Bush State Department opposed to the Administration's foreign policy leaked the name of a CIA asset to the media in order to discredit said policy. The story didn't hold water, but the Democrats and the media (but again, I repeat myself) were OUTRAGED that an asset was outed (prodded by her nasty, lying, husband who was one of the aforementioned State Department Careerists). Not surprisingly, no one was ever convicted for the crime being investigated, but Scooter Libby was indicted and convicted of obstruction of justice. No crime but that ever came out, but the entire basis for the war in Iraq was deemed false based on one newspaper column. Scooter Libby was never pardoned, the Plames wrote several bullshit books, Sean Penn made a terrible movie, and it was all a lie. A lie by the government against the government because of a policy disagreement that caught a scalp. Someone was convicted of something, that's all that matters, no one cares why.
Now, the group of people at the center of that bullshit are at it again, looking to put SOMEONE in jail for ANYTHING. Even "The Nation" thinks this is frightening. Read the whole thing.
The publication of the Republican House Committee memo and reports of other documents increasingly suggest not only a “Russiagate” without Russia but also something darker: The “collusion” may not have been in the White House or the Kremlin.
Never talk to the cops, even if the cops are Congress, FBI, or "Special Counsels". NEVER TALK TO THE COPS.