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Hillary Clinton has written an op-ed for the Washington Post in which she offers her take on the Mueller report and how to proceed on the question of impeachment. There’s a current divide within the Democratic Party between those eager to start impeachment immediately and those in the leadership, like Speaker Pelosi, who believe impeachment isn’t worth the hassle while still allowing latitude for further investigation. Clinton comes down on Pelosi’s side, i.e. a go-slow approach.
The debate about how to respond to Russia’s “sweeping and systemic” attack — and how to hold President Trump accountable for obstructing the investigation and possibly breaking the law — has been reduced to a false choice: immediate impeachment or nothing. History suggests there’s a better way to think about the choices ahead.
Obviously, this is personal for me, and some may say that I’m not the right messenger. But my perspective is not just that of a former candidate and target of the Russian plot. I am also a former senator and secretary of state who served during much of Vladimir Putin’s ascent, sat across the table from him and knows firsthand that he seeks to weaken our country.
Hillary certainly has some skin in this game but notice how she’s framing this. In her view, Mueller’s report has two main points. First, sweeping interference in the 2016 election by Russia. And second, possible obstruction by Trump. Notice anything missing? What happened to the collusion narrative Hillary’s party has been flogging for the past two years? You’ll be shocked to learn the word “collusion” doesn’t appear in her op-ed even once. Apparently, that was never a thing and Mueller’s report had nothing to say about it. Her op-ed is like an article at Vox. You can always tell where the best arguments for the other side are by what has been conveniently left out of the discussion. In this case, it’s collusion.
So having set this up in a blatantly partisan way, Hillary says it’s time to rise above partisanship:
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