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Scoot: James Comey, Donald Trump and the truth

June 08, 2017 - 10:00 am

There is intense interest infired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee, but there should be little expectation that opinions will change. 

The great political divide in America is fueled by a collective unwillingness to seek the truth.  The truth is no longer as important as seeking the specific information that confirms preconceived views and opinions.  Sadly, many who dislike President Trump will listen only for the information that supports their belief that the President should be removed from office.  Conversely, the strong Trump supporters will only hear the information that confirms their support of the President.  Neither side benefits America; and, yet, this is the new norm.

There are legitimate questions about President Trump’s motives in asking then-FBI Director Comey about the investigation into former NSA Director Michael Flynn’s possible illegal activity with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.  And the questions about whether James Comey is motivated to be in the political spotlight are equally as legitimate.

What about the truth that lies under the cloud of partisanship?  Does anyone really care?

The news media reflects the tone of America’s political debate.  The politicians covered by the news media also reflect the tone of political debate.  Since the news media and the politicians both seek attention in order to survive, the battling factions will render more attention than those who seek the truth, which is why those seeking attention will fight to be on one side or the other.

If President Trump has used the White House to obstruct justice or to force his will, America has an absolute right to know.  If the attacks against President Trump are superficial attempts to discredit a Republican in the White House, America has an absolute right to know.  But the prevailing messages are coming from those who have a desire to bring down the President or to support him, even if he has done wrong.

The investigation into Russia’s possible involvement in the 2016 campaign and the investigation into whether President Trump tried to use his influence and power to quash any attempts to criticize or punish him should be about what happened, not about partisan politics and media bias.  The only thing that should matter is the truth.

For Democrats who see the investigations as a method of dethroning a Republican president, the truth about whether President Trump is guilty or innocent is what’s important.  For Republicans who see the investigations as a method of discrediting Democrats and the news media, there should be no tolerance for guiding the investigations away from the truth.

How can Democrats and Republicans claim to be patriotic Americans who believe in all this country was founded upon if they are not more interested in what happened than opposition or support of a political side?  If a president is abusing his power, we need to know.  If partisan politics and the biased media are on a mission to bring down a president, we need to know.

The big question is: do you care about the truth or about seeing your side win?

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