One idea that occurs to me and others, it is POSSIBLE that if there is nothing to the investigations there could be a motive to make sure none of the investigations are completed prior to the mid term elections. This would be especially true if there is nothing to the investigations; i.e. there was no collusion by Trump with Russia to winning the 2016 election but no one wants this confirmed by the completion of any investigation prior to the mid term elections.
My thinking and reasons for this are as follows:
1: IF there was collusion by President Trump and/or members of his campaign, then it would be a great benefit to the people apparently in control of a number of ‘the levers of power’ within the government to finish the investigations as fast as possible and present their proof to the public. Assuming that real concrete evidence could be presented, it would be a great benefit to present such evidence in public, contribute to the Democrat party winning seats in Congress in the coming mid term elections, and maybe even start the process of impeachment of members of the Trump administration or even President Trump himself. The fact that this does not seem to be happening after almost two years seems to be an indicator to me that there is nothing to the investigations and there was no collusion.
2: If there was NO collusion, then it may be in the best interest of the people conducting the investigations, and others that could benefit from an outcome showing collusion, to have the investigations go as slow as possible and maybe even never finish. The thinking here along such a line of thinking is that so much time and money has been spent that anyone involved in working on the investigations would be in ‘BIG’ trouble for taking so long to arrive at the conclusion that there was nothing to investigate. Even worse, the possibility that the investigations were kept going could be to throw dispersions on the administration because the investigations were ongoing. (i.e. Such thinking along these lines would be, there must have been collusion otherwise why would the investigations still be going on?) The problem with such an approach, if true, is that even the most ardent believer in the ‘Trump and Russia colluded’ story is that after 3 or 4 years of the investigations going on these people would start to doubt what they were being told or at least start to wonder why more competent people were not put in place that could finish the investigations.
3: While it is possible to prove something that does exist, it is somewhat hard to prove something that does NOT exist. To me, it seems that is one of the reasons our country has enshrined in law in the United States that guilt must be proven by the government, not one’s innocence by the individual when accused. More correctly, it is really the Presumption of Innocence where one must be proved guilty, not that they are not guilty.
Presumption of innocence:
“The presumption of innocence is the principle that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty.”
• “Although the Constitution of the United States does not cite it explicitly, presumption of innocence is widely held to follow from the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments. The case ofCoffin v. United States (1895) established the presumption of innocence of persons accused of crimes. See also In re Winship.”
We have this right in the United States in order to ensure that an innocent person is not unjustly accused and suffers from the process of being accused.
Blackstone’s formulation – government must prove guilt
In criminal law, Blackstone’s formulation (also known as Blackstone’s ratio or the Blackstone ratio) is the principle that:
“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”,
Blackstone was talking about English law but the same principal has carried over to the United States where we would rather risk guilty people going free if it meant that we did not have an innocent person suffer for crimes they were not guilty of.
For these reasons, I fear that there are some very good reasons for the investigations about alleged collusion between Trump and his election campaign with Russia, to be kept going because it is an election year and would hurt the out of power party if the investigations ended now.
Hopefully, whatever the outcome, all of the investigations will be completed as soon as possible and definitive reports made to the public as to what happened and what was going on all this time.
Louis J. Desy Jr.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018