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Forget the Smoke. We Already Found Fire.

Donald Trump calls the investigation into Russia’s meddling in our election “a witch hunt.” What it’s really become is a which hunt. We’re trying to figure out which misdeeds Donald Trump is guilty of: Disloyalty, treachery, betrayal, traitorousness, treason, or all of the above.

Did Donald Trump collude with a foreign power to assist their efforts to interfere with an American election?

I sincerely hope not.

If he did, it would be a scandal of historic proportion.

But what we already know Donald Trump has done is really, really bad.

At the very least, Donald Trump and his minions have worked to stymie the investigation into what every sane person believes was Putin’s effort to influence our election.

That’s serious business. That’s not making America great, or putting America first. It’s straight-up anti-patriotism.

Trump’s efforts to throw the investigation off track have been transparent and nonstop. From the phony wiretap distractions, to the false claims of a Democratic or media-driven witch hunt, to the epically humiliating performance by Nunes (think about it; our House Intelligence Committee has been rendered laughable at the very moment we needed them to rise above politics). And all of this is mixed into a swirling cocktail of outright lies.

I want to be crystal clear. I’m not talking about what we worry we might find out about this administration. This is not conjecture. This is not an attempt to point out where there’s smoke. This is a fire.

Trump, a guy who spends his time Tweeting about Colin Kaepernick’s lack of patriotism (because he kneels during the anthem), is aggressively working to prevent us from uncovering key details about a foreign adversary’s efforts to undermine our democracy.

And he’s the President of the United States.

And even with all this, the party that lays claim to the flag, patriotism, and Americanism, stands by and watches — or actively supports — this ongoing obstruction of justice.

This is a disaster. And that’s the best case scenario.

I write NextDraft, a quick and entertaining look at the day’s most fascinating news.

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