Our View | Predictable Reactions and Knowing When to Let Go

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By The Signal Editorial Board

The reactions to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been nothing if not predictable, particularly from the left.

Blinded by their hatred of President Trump, Democrats in Congress and in public discourse have refused to accept   the results of Mueller’s two-year probe into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor.

Mueller, equipped with an army of investigators and Democratic attorneys who were motivated to connect Trump to the Russian conspiracy, was unable to connect those dots.

And it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Yet, after hundreds of witness interviews, 500 search warrants and 2,800 subpoenas, the 448-page Mueller report turned up no evidence that Trump, his campaign or any other American interests had conspired with the Russians in their “sweeping and systematic” attempts to influence the election. 

And, on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to interfere with the investigation, Mueller’s report detailed instances in which Trump sought to derail the investigation, but did not uncover sufficient evidence to charge the president with a related crime.

Yet the drumbeat continues. 

Partisans on both sides reacted predictably. Some Republicans are calling for an investigation into the investigation, to determine whether it was launched by Democrats as nothing more than a politically motivated gambit. At this point, that seems kind of moot.

And Democrats, especially the more extreme left wing of the party, are determined to keep pushing, as if they will somehow uncover something Mueller and his investigative army couldn’t find over the course of the past two years. 

House Democrats keep trying to legislate a new outcome for the 2016 election. It’s over.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was fired by Trump in November, told the Boston Globe that it’s time to let it go — that Mueller’s investigation was “carried out vigorously and with integrity.”

“The process was followed and a decision has now been rendered, and I think it deserves respect,” Sessions said, according to the Globe. “I think it’s about time to accept the results and let’s get on with the business of America.”

Sessions is right. 

Democratic determination to abuse this dead horse is less about real interest in justice than it is about revising the history of 2016 and posturing for 2020. Impeachment? It would be hard to view it as anything but a stunt. There’s not enough evidence of an actual crime having been committed to get the votes — particularly in the Senate.

If they can keep the cable news shows and the mainstream media talking about investigating Trump, they won’t be talking about the economy, low unemployment rates, the defeat of ISIS in the Middle East, the diminished nuclear threat from North Korea, the fact that we are exporting more oil than we import, or the creation of new manufacturing jobs.

You know — all the things we are not talking about now because the national conversation is fixated on Mueller and Russia.

For the sake of the nation, both sides should just move on and deal with the governing of the country. This whole investigation has done more to divide and disrupt and hurt the country than anything the Russians did or could have dreamed about.

The majority of people do not care about more investigations on either side — if they ever really cared in the first place. 

Think of all the real and important issues we could have been discussing and debating while this ridiculous investigation took place:

The nation’s opioid crisis and the rising number of drug-related deaths — more than 70,000 overdose-related deaths in 2017 alone.

The shrinking middle class.

Our nation’s eroding infrastructure.

Immigration. Health care.

These are all important subjects that need bipartisan discussion and solutions. Washington needs to roll up its sleeves, stop the partisanship, stop the dueling investigations, and get back to running the country. 

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