The oath of office presidents take includes the words, “to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The Constitution details that the president shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered the message to President Trump that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian involvement in our 2016 election, the president said: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency.”
This is not the reaction you would expect from someone with nothing to hide. The only thing between Trump and a charge of obstruction of justice is the fact that he is a sitting president. The evidence did not exist that he or his campaign was guilty of conspiracy with a foreign adversary but in no way is he cleared of unethical, unpatriotic behavior and obstruction of justice.
As a side note for Fox News loyalists, even Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News analyst, says he is guilty of several counts of obstruction.
Performing to the best of one’s ability assumes that some level of ability exists. It assumes some level of honor, integrity, principle and the will to do what is right versus what is self-serving.
Given his history of reckless behavior, infidelity, lying, and total disregard for people hurt as a result of this behavior, it was and remains clear to me and millions of voters that the ability to carry out the oath did not and does not exist.
Trump crossed the line of unethical behavior. He knew that and committed obstruction of justice to conceal the behavior from the American people. Yes, politics is a dirty business, Presidents are not always forthcoming with the truth and they push the boundaries of their Constitutional power.
To my knowledge however, Trump and Nixon are the only ones to involve a foreign adversary to influence an election. I love a good economy as much as the next person but not so much as to accept what has taken place or to accept bad behavior to get what could be gotten with good behavior.
To ignore or rationalize is to embolden. To ignore or rationalize is to leave the door open for future candidates who live by the credo that the ends justify the means.