The United States is currently in one of the most dramatic situations imaginable:
Russia intervened in the November 8, 2016 elections to favor Donald Trump.
There are many indications that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia during the campaign.
Republicans have been slow-walking the congressional investigations into these alleged facts.
No more dramatic evidence of Russia’s influence over Trump could exist than his utter lack of criticism of Vladimir Putin or Russia.
None of the inquiries into Russia’s influence over Trump, at least publicly, have focused on the link between Trump’s contacts wth Russia and Trump’s behavior toward Putin and Russia.
Trump, as President of the United States, has unparalleled power to slow down, divert, and neuter investigations by intelligence agencies and the FBI into his ties with Russia.
As Republican President of the U.S., with Republican majorities in both houses of congress, Trump also has inordinate influence over any congressional investigations into these ties.
In this situation, democrats, from all parties, are effectively sitting on their hands, calling at most for a special prosecutor.
What is needed is a special bi-partisan committee of the Senate, perhaps with an equal number of members from each of the two parties, to determine whether Trump colluded with Russia, and whether Putin and Russia have influence over him.
One would think there would be millions of people on the streets demanding immediate and authoritative answers to these questions.
To date, however, it appears that all democrats, from all parties, are afraid to take on the new authoritarian Leader of the United States, at least in any frontal fashion that might lead to immediate results.
We do not know the extent of Russia’s influence over President Donald Trump, or when we will know the answer to that question.
The Trenchant Observer