The Corner

The Perils of Scandal Politics

At this writing Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not issued a statement in response to the news about the Mueller report. Will it say, “I am relieved to discover that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, and that charges to the contrary were false”?

I remember well the atmosphere on the Right during the Clinton administration, when some influential people would be whispering that indictments and revelations about the president, or his close relatives, were just around the corner. A lot of liberals fell into the same delusion over the last two years, and Trump looks better by comparison to their now-debunked speculation.

Update: Pelosi and Schumer have put out a joint statement in which the words “collusion” and “collude” do not appear.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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