President Donald Trump gestures to Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak as he speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office Wednesday.

Of Course There’s Collusion

Without question, there’s collusion between campaigns, the White House and outside influencers, even foreign governments. It’s just not Donald Trump, the greatest opportunist to ever lift his leg and mark his territory in politics.

There’s little to know about Trump that’s not already in the sunshine, folks–except maybe his tax returns, but really they only confirm what we already know. In business, Trump would take a check from the Bank of Satan signed by Lucifer himself, if it could be cashed. He’d take Russian money, Chinese money, American money, Saudi money. If you look up the word “fungible” in an economics textbook, Trump’s picture graces the page.

If those who write Trump checks to build or brand buildings attach extraneous things–conditions–to the money, like “we want to influence you” or threats “we’ll expose thus and so,” they’re, frankly, stupid to believe Trump will live by those. Donald Trump might be the singular most unblackmailable person on Earth. Mostly because he doesn’t care and doesn’t leave any daylight between the truth and lies–it’s kind of like a permanent twilight to him.

The Russians are smarter than to believe they can influence Trump directly through collusion, because it takes two parties to collude. The Russians do what they do–it’s obvious they wanted to influence the election and tried their best (Trump would have won anyway). But Trump does what he wants to do, and if it happens to play to the Russians, that doesn’t make it collusion.

Hell, Trump won the Republican nomination and did it without colluding with the Republican Party. He managed to get then-Chairman Reince Priebus to do his bidding, but then repeatedly turned and embarrassed the party, the RNC, and his campaign staff. Trump didn’t even raise his own campaign funds (he sold hats), the RNC did it for him.

If you want to look for collusion, look at Hillary Clinton and the DNC. She colluded, and you can’t blame Wikileaks for knowing this. Like Trump’s tax returns, it only confirmed what we already knew.

Or look at the media, through the campaign and even now.

Rush Limbaugh defends Trump for things I personally wouldn’t defend, but he’s also right about many of the facts of collusion. The media has its cabal of government and non-government sources, and they all collude to bring Trump down.

“All these deep state career government people, ex-Obama people that are civilians now? We don’t know,” he said. “But it is a lot of people, and there isn’t any evidence. There’s none! … Not only is there no evidence, there’s nothing to suggest the need of a special counsel. They can’t even find a coverup to cover up the fact that there’s no evidence. What is the cover-up?”

The fact is, there’s no need for a special prosecutor, because there’s no evidence of a crime by the White House. Sure, they might dig up enough evidence for a crime by some figures tied to Trump. And yes, a thousand times, Trump brought the entire situation, single-handedly, upon himself.

But as with all things the Opportunist-In-Chief does, he’ll come out smelly but scot-free and go on with life. He’ll leave the mess for others to pick up.

Then there’s a whole litany of Obama’s collusions, foreign and domestic–in Israeli elections for absolutely certain, and probably with Russia. The media was mostly silent on that, colluding to portray Obama in a heavenly light.

There was almost certainly collusion between Obama, the main stream media, the Clinton campaign, and who knows what other sources during the campaign and investigations into Hillary. An independent congressional commission might uncover all that (which a special counsel likely won’t touch), if congress ever set one up.

There’s still collusion between Democrats gunning for Trump and the media. Democrats are using polling to determine whether to go forward with impeachment. Public opinion polls are influenced by news coverage, and news coverage is controlled by the media. Do you think the media is unbiased in wanting an impeachment? They’d love it and pre-empt everything for 24/7 coverage.

None of this affects President Donald Trump, who merrily goes along blaming the media for his personal woes, which are mostly that the media won’t say nice things about him. He is unconcerned that he called Comey a “nutjob” to the Russian foreign minister. I expect he’ll admit he said it, after denying it first.

There’s plenty of collusion to go around. But with Trump, it takes two parties to form a conspiracy, and proving that Trump, the ultimate promise-breaker, ever conspired (then followed through) to do anything with anyone is a leap beyond the facts of his 45-year public life.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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