The Memo

A couple of days ago, I wrote about President Trump's first State of the Union Address. In this post, I talked about how the speech showed that the President had little to no leadership by essentially shutting out the Democrats.

I portrayed a picture that President Trump was speaking to his audience on the right side of the aisle only. It was about him, and it was his way or the highway. 

Well, it seems the same narrative continues this Saturday afteroon as a three and a half page Memo was released outlining "details" of how key members of the Department of Justice investigated Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election.

I don't want to get too deep into the weeds of the Memo, but it is an issue that needs to be brought to your attention.

This morning at 8:40am, President Trump took to Twitter again to express his feelings on the Memo.

Trump stated, and I quote, "This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!" (That's not my grammar error by the way, that's how he decided to spell "there")

What a statement. A statement that seems to be all about himself, once again.

However, the ironic part of the whole situation is the Memo did nothing to clear his name. In fact, the intention of the the Memo was never to clear his name, but to try and point out oversight from the Department of Justice in the investigation.

It's unfair and untrue statements like these that seem to be brainwashing the Trump supporters all around the world.

Why can't the investigation just take it's course? If so many are so adamant that Trump is innocent, let the investigation tell the story.

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Let's talk more about the Memo, so you can understand why this statement is such a big deal. 

After weeks of hype and buildup for the release of this classified document, it's safe to say it was quite underwhelming. 

It's disappointing to me that as soon as the memo was released, it was immediately criticized by some of the champions of it's release. Many made comments that it was nothing but a cherry picked document of information that was missing some of the most important details of the entire situation.

Some even pointed out a few pretty big flaws that the document had. For example: The Memo stated that the Department of Justice prosecuters who sought the warrant that was questioned in the Memo didn't alert the Courts that the information they had came from a political source. It turns out that this statement was not true.

But, that's beside the point. If you want to read the details there are plenty of much bigger news websites out there that can give you what you're looking for.

I pointed this example out not to criticize the Memo, but to tell you why the reaction from President Trump and other Republicans in Washington D.C. is so concerning.

This political stunt, to me, seemed like a targeted effort to clear the President of the 2016 election allegations against him. The goal of the Memo was to try and point out how the F.B.I and the Justice department abused their powers by requesting a warrant to spy on someone that was a part of Trump's campaign. 

It seemed like this was a clear attempt to not only clear the Trump name, but to also throw off the ongoing investigation by showing bias from the investigators towards Trump and his team.

This is wrong in so many ways. 

I am all for punishing elected officals for their wrongdoing. If they are abusing their powers, they deserve to be taken down for the safety of the American People. 

But this just seems like more than that. This seems like a targeted political move to try and clear our President's name  with no thought about anything else. In fact, the memo being released came at a very high cost. 

The full extend of how much it has costed us as a Nation is unknown. But, it's a dangerous path we're going down allowing something like this to happen and be okay.

-BT-

Blake Tarmann