Real Collusion It’s all over the news. Special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation, looking for evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. Mueller employed 59 professional lawyers and investigators, interviewed 500 witnesses, consulted 13 foreign governments, and executed thousands of search warrants and subpoenas. An exhaustive investigation. Yet, Mueller said “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Despite multiple offers from Russians to help their campaign, the Trump people didn’t take them up on it. All of which cost you, the American taxpayer, about $17 million. Many Americans think it was a waste of money, since no collusion was found. I might surprise my Republican friends by saying no, it was not a waste. Why? Because it revealed where to find the real collusion. The real collusion is that of law enforcement and intelligence agencies active in the political process, along with a compliant mainstream media. Public officials are not entitled to undermine and seek removal of a president, no matter how much they hate him. And that is exactly what some were doing. You see, this whole thing started with a British subject named Christopher Steele. Funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign, he wrote a “dossier” of accusations against individuals in the Trump campaign. He wouldn’t vouch for its accuracy, and he claims he got the information through a series of sources he cannot or will not identify. And to top it off, he remains in the United Kingdom, unwilling to set foot in America. The so called Steele dossier, along with high level government officials who were openly hostile to Trump, got the ball rolling. The behavior of those officials before and since is contemptible. That is the real collusion story. Those officials are former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan, and former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. McCabe was fired from the FBI for media leaks and lying to the inspector general about those leaks. Serious stuff, indeed. Just three weeks ago, McCabe told CNN that he still thought it was “possible” that Trump was a “Russian agent.” Wow. He is referring to a sitting American president. That is incredible. For his part, Clapper said he agreed “completely” with McCabe’s assertion. Further, Clapper said he couldn’t be certain if Trump was a “witting or unwitting” asset to the Russians. Wow. Again, a former top intelligence official who is actually questioning whether an American president is an agent for a foreign country. Brennan chimed in by tweeting that Trump’s behavior was “nothing short of treasonous.” When asked if he had regrets for making such a monumental accusation, he said he regretted nothing, citing his training as an “intelligence professional.” Brennan should look in the mirror, where he would see real treason. To this clown show, add Democrat congressman Adam Schiff. He says there is “plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight.” And where was Schiff when Obama openly colluded with the Russians, in plain sight? In May of 2012, Obama told Russian president Medvedev “after my election I will have more flexibility.” You can watch it on YouTube. And Schiff? He was silent, of course. So, it is time for a reckoning. Those public officials who grossly overstepped their bounds must be called to account. To start, America needs a full accounting of the “evidence” that was used to launch the original investigation, and the actions of those officials who handled it. We need to know how private citizens were wiretapped and identified within the government, the media leaks, and the abuse of wiretap warrants. We need to know who approved those acts. We need to know about public officials, on the federal payroll, working to undermine their boss in the White House. When candidate Trump coined the phrase “Drain the Swamp”, it was recognized as one of the greatest political slogans of all time. Ordinary Americans instantly connected with the idea of a bloated government, with a mind of its own, unaccountable to the very citizens who pay for it. He knew a swamp when he saw it, and pledged to drain it for us, the people. We need a full investigation of the real collusion. Let’s get on with it. Drain the swamp. Scott S. Kramer is Chairman of the Republican Party of Kendall County.