Ly­ing liars

Trump’s ac­cusers are snared by their own de­ceit

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Cal Thomas Cal Thomas is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist. His lat­est book is “What Works: Com­mon Sense Solutions for a Stronger Amer­ica” (Zon­der­van, 2014).

“I’ll never lie to you.” — Jimmy Carter, the 1976 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

All politi­cians lie, be­cause they are hu­man and all hu­mans lie. The ques­tion be­fore us is this: If Pres­i­dent Trump lied to FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey, should that “lie” lead to im­peach­ment? Did he ob­struct jus­tice when he al­legedly “hoped” that Mr. Comey would not pur­sue an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn? Many Democrats think so. Most Repub­li­cans do not.

Mr. Comey tes­ti­fied be­fore the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee that Mr. Trump lied about him af­ter his dis­missal. The as­ser­tion was based on what the pres­i­dent said of him (“a real nut job”) and on his be­lief that Mr. Comey mis­led the pub­lic about the al­leged lack of sup­port among Mr. Comey’s FBI col­leagues.

Mr. Trump’s newly hired at­tor­ney, Marc Ka­sowitz, re­turned fire. Speak­ing at the Na­tional Press Club, Mr. Ka­sowitz ef­fec­tively ac­cused Mr. Comey of ly­ing about his rec­ol­lec­tion of a pri­vate din­ner at which, ac­cord­ing to Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump said, “I need loy­alty.” Mr. Ka­sowitz ac­cused Mr. Comey of “leak­ing” priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ca­tions to the me­dia, which Mr. Comey ad­mit­ted he did for the pur­pose of ob­tain­ing a spe­cial coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate Rus­sian in­flu­ence in the 2016 elec­tion.

Record­ings of the Comey-Trump meet­ings would clear this up. The pres­i­dent has sug­gested they may ex­ist and Mr. Comey said he would be happy to have them re­leased. They should be, but even if they cor­rob­o­rate Mr. Comey’s rec­ol­lec­tions, House Se­lect In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee Chair­man Devin Nunes said re­cently that he still be­lieves there is no “cred­i­ble ev­i­dence that there was any col­lu­sion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sian gov­ern­ment.” Ev­ery­one seems to agree that the Rus­sians “at­tempted” to in­ter­fere, but no one claims that at­tempted in­ter­fer­ence af­fected the out­come. Hil­lary Clinton lost and so did Democrats — at all lev­els across the coun­try. They need to get over it and fig­ure out why.

The word “hypocrisy” was in­vented for such mo­ments. The left is sud­denly aghast about ly­ing, but was fine with Barack Obama’s nu­mer­ous lies, from “If you like your doc­tor, you can keep your doc­tor,” to Benghazi, “Fast and Fu­ri­ous,” the “red line” in Syria and the list goes on. Let’s not even get started with the Clin­tons. They’re se­rial liars.

Me­dia re­ac­tion swiftly fol­lowed Mr. Comey’s tes­ti­mony. The New York Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post seemed to fa­vor Mr. Comey. A Wall Street Jour­nal edi­to­rial even said Mr. Comey “should have re­signed if he be­lieves what he now says.” Charles Hurt, edi­to­rial page edi­tor of the con­ser­va­tive Wash­ing­ton Times, sum­ma­rized his view of Mr. Comey’s tes­ti­mony: “The only ver­i­fied leaker ex­posed: Jim Comey. The only per­son we know is not and never was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for ties to Rus­sia: Don­ald Trump. The only per­son ex­posed for try­ing to in­flu­ence an elec­tion: [Obama at­tor­ney gen­eral] Loretta Lynch. The only pa­per ac­cused of pub­lish­ing fake news: The New York Times. The only per­son who at­tempted to ob­struct jus­tice: Loretta Lynch and prob­a­bly Bill Clinton.”

Even the re­li­ably lib­eral Chris Matthews of MSNBC said: “The as­sump­tion of the crit­ics of the pres­i­dent, of his pur­suers, you might say, is that some­where along the line in the last year the pres­i­dent had some­thing to do with col­lud­ing with the Rus­sians ... to af­fect the elec­tion in some way. And yet what came apart this morn­ing was that the­ory.”

Do I wish the pres­i­dent would con­form just a lit­tle to the tra­di­tions most Amer­i­cans ex­pect of a White House oc­cu­pant? I do. But for me and many other con­ser­va­tives, pol­icy over­comes de­port­ment. Last week the pres­i­dent nom­i­nated 11 solid con­ser­va­tives to fed­eral benches. His poli­cies on bor­der se­cu­rity, re­peal­ing and re­plac­ing Oba­macare, cut­ting taxes and re­form­ing the tax code, strength­en­ing the mil­i­tary, among oth­ers, are why he was elected.

Democrats have noth­ing, other than more of the same failed poli­cies, which have con­trib­uted to their re­cent elec­tion losses. They are bank­ing on un­der­min­ing the pres­i­dent by ac­cu­sa­tion and in­sin­u­a­tion.

The ma­jor me­dia — which Mr. Trump re­gard as the mother of all liars — are in bed with his Demo­cratic crit­ics, while dis­miss­ing the lies of Democrats past and present. And that’s no lie.

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