An honorable Democrat challenges his party’s dangerous delusions: ‘If POTUS is vulnerable to prosecutorial abuse, God help all the rest of us’

Bob Kerrey, former Governor and Senator from Nebraska, Adam Schiff

“Most often delusions are harmless. Sometimes they are not. At the moment my fellow Democrats are suffering two that are harmful.”

So wrote Bob Kerrey, former Governor and Senator from Nebraska, in an op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald.

According to Kerrey, the first delusion “is that Americans long for a president who will ask us to pay more for the pleasure of increasing the role of the federal government in our lives. That this is a delusion can be seen in the promises made by six successful Democratic candidates in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan: three governors and three senators. Not one of them supported the Green New Deal, a tax on wealth or ‘Medicare for all.'”

The popular Kerrey, who retired from the Senate in 2001, continued: “The second Democratic delusion is that Americans were robbed of the truth when Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr concluded that President Trump did not collude with Russia in 2016. All evidence indicates that the full report will not change the conclusion that Donald J. Trump did not collude with Vladimir Putin to secure his victory in 2016.”

Kerrey was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat as a Navy SEAL officer in the Vietnam War. He was severely wounded in that action. Truth and honor clearly mean something to the man who famously once said of fellow Democrat Bill Clinton, that he was “an uncommonly good liar.”

Kerrey did not stop with calling out the left on those two delusions … though he surely could have made a much longer list of them.

“Congress needs to investigate how the Department of Justice got this one so wrong. If the president of the United States is vulnerable to prosecutorial abuse, then God help all the rest of us,” he wrote.

Michael Goodwin of the New York Post talked with Kerrey and reported that the Senator told him that the probe should complement, but not replace, anything Sen. Lindsey Graham does with the Judiciary Committee, or anything done by the Justice Department or its inspector general. As he put it in the interview, he wants an independent commission because “we need something the public can trust.”

The damning charges against the Democrats and the swamp in general by Kerrey need to be heeded if our system of government is to survive.

Kerry posed several specific questions that need to be investigated. He wrote …

Members of Congress cannot do this themselves. We do not trust them enough with such a vital mission.

Congress should create a nonpartisan commission to find out what went wrong and to tell us what needs to be done to make certain it never happens again.

A commission to investigate the FBI needs to focus on four questions:

1. Has the law that gave the director of the FBI a 10-year term of office been sufficient to protect the appointee from political pressure to investigate potential crimes of candidates or elected officials? Neither Democratic nor Republican mobs should decide the outcome of our criminal justice system.

2. How can we write clear rules that govern the behavior of the candidate or officeholder? Tweets can and do stoke the fire of the mob. That is what they are intended to do. When the chief law enforcement officer encourages his audience to chant “lock her up,” this signals the FBI to follow the mob. When he sends out tweets that encourage law enforcement to investigate political opponents, this is also mob rule. Rules of acceptable behavior do not apply just to the president but to Congress as well. In the Twitter age, all of us need to understand when our candidate has crossed the line.

3. When is it appropriate for the FBI to begin an investigation? Once started, these things are hard to stop. A single campaign official suggesting the possibility of collusion with a foreign power or a document written as opposition research or a demand from a member of Congress are very thin reeds upon which to challenge the legitimacy of an elected official.

4. Are federal pardons justified? The commission needs the authority to examine whether some Americans were convicted and sentenced because they did not tell the truth about a collusion that never happened. The commission should be given the authority to recommend a pardon for anyone it believes was sentenced unjustly.

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