Hold your fire: We still don't know anythingEDITORIAL
November 02. 2017 10:07PM
So what do we now know about special counsel Robert Mueller’s five-month-old investigation into possible ties between the Trump for President campaign and Russia?
Not much more than we did five months ago.
George Papadopoulos, a low-level campaign adviser, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of his contacts with Russian intermediaries. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his aide, Rick Gates, have been indicted on a long list of charges. None of the indictments allege illegal activity by anyone on the Trump campaign.
The White House says the charges are unrelated to the Trump administration. Trump’s harshest critics think Mueller is just working his way up the food chain.
You might be tempted by tribal loyalties to say that President Trump has been vindicated, or to call for his impeachment. But the public evidence does not yet support any conclusion.
Indictments are allegations, not facts. Speculating about the outcome of Mueller’s investigation is pointless, which won’t stop the Beltway chattering class. It has airwaves to flood.
We should find out if the Trump or Clinton campaigns worked with Russia to dig up and spread dirt on their opponents, whether any laws were broken.
Patience is in short supply in Washington, now as ever. It is also necessary if justice is to be done.