In a column published at Townhall and elsewhere, stalwart Donald Trump ally and support Pat Buchanan said that neither Democrats nor Republicans nor FBI investigators should expect the president to go down without a hell of a fight. Buchanan said that if lawmakers and pundits were drawing on the downfall of Richard Nixon to predict what might happen to Trump, they were in for the shock of their lives.
Partly, he said, this was due to the nature of the evidence against the two men. While investigators had traced the crime in the Watergate break-in back to Nixon’s Republican allies within days, the FBI and related investigatory bodies had not only failed to prove WHO committed the crime of collusion, but even whether such a crime had been committed. And they’ve had 18 months (so far) with which to pursue every avenue of inquiry. If they haven’t done it by now, it’s hard to imagine they’ll ever be able to do it.
Furthermore, Buchanan said, the investigation into Trump’s supposed collusion was a lot dirtier than the one into Watergate.
“Is the Trump investigation the rotten fruit of a poisoned tree?” he wrote. “Is Mueller’s Dump Trump team investigating the wrong campaign?”
These questions, he wrote, were the inevitable product of so many blunders and legal problems that have come to light surrounding the investigation. Mueller has made indictments…but they have nothing to do with the crime at the center of the case. Democrats have made a lot of noise about obstruction of justice…but no one denies that the president had every right to fire James Comey at will. Liberals insist that the investigation is proceeding without bias…but recent revelations about people like Bruce Ohr and Peter Strzok make that story difficult to believe.
In the end, however, Buchanan said that Trump had plenty of weapons that Nixon lacked.
“Trump has Fox News and fighting congressmen behind him and the mainstream media is deeply distrusted and widely detested,” he noted. “And there is no Democratic House to impeach him or Democratic Senate to convict him.
“Moreover, Trump is not Nixon, who, like Charles I, accepted his fate and let the executioner’s sword fall with dignity,” he continued. “If Trump goes, one imagines, he will not go quietly. In the words of the great Jerry Lee Lewis, there’s gonna be a ‘whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.”
You can say that again.