Finally, someone in the Democrat Party is standing up to try and put the brakes on continued claims that President Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.
The person standing up is former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, who few remember since he retired in 2001, but still. Someone had to say it.
Kerrey, in an interview with The Washington Times, said Democrats suffered from “a delusion” relating to the special counsel investigation, whose report should be released soon. The 75-year-old Medal of Honor recipient also told the outlet that those who have been convicted or charged with crimes due to the investigation should be pardoned.
“If there is a man or woman who was convicted and sentenced for not telling the truth about a collusion that never happened, I’d like them to be pardoned,” Kerrey said.
Kerrey definitely has a point here, and it also speaks to the “obstruction” narrative. The investigation was not criminal, but counterintelligence, which is supposed to be done on behalf of the president. Trump could not obstruct an investigation that was done on his behalf, nor could he obstruct an investigation into a nonexistent crime.
Further, he said those alleged lies were unfair to prosecute in the first place.
“I know what kind of power a prosecutor has,” he told the Times. “They have a gun to your head, and they know most of these cases never go to trial. So, you have a choice of spending the rest of your life in prison or pleading guilty and maybe doing a year.”
Kerrey also seemed to agree with Trump that the investigators should be investigated.
“I think the public needs to have an independent group evaluate what happened,” Kerrey said. “You can go back as far as you want, evaluate what went wrong and make recommendations of what to do to ensure the public can trust the results. Maybe they come up with nothing needs to be changed, but I doubt that.”
This group, Kerrey said, should be modeled after the 9/11 Commission, which he was on to help investigate how U.S. intelligence failed to see the September 2001 terrorist attacks were coming.
Finally, Kerrey called out Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) specifically, saying the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is the one who has politicized the committee.
“Personally, I would love to hear Schiff say, ‘Enough. There are other committees that can look at this, and we need to get back to the committee’s mission of making sure the Department of Defense is spending its money correctly,’” Kerrey said. “He could gain a lot of credibility with the American people if we go back to the time when that committee was nonpartisan.”
Schiff, you may recall, continues to claim there is “ample” evidence of collusion even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded there was not and recommended no additional indictments.
Perhaps Kerrey’s voice will give other Democrats the courage to stand up and say the party needs to let this go. They lost in 2016 because of their own candidate, not because Trump allegedly committed treason.