For the past two years Americans have been force-fed conspiracy theories about President Donald Trump colluding with the Russians to beat Hillary Clinton.

The “proof?” Trump beat Clinton. That’s it.

Nevertheless for two years Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member then and now chair of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared weekly on CNN and other news outlets declaring outright he had seen absolute and positive proof of Trump’s collusion with Russia.

Page 5 of the Mueller Report under “Russian contacts with the campaign” states: “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Case closed on collusion. 

For what it’s worth, acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s order authorizing Mueller to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” did not include any statement about investigating obstruction of justice, which has become the latest conspiracy theory since the Mueller probe failed to find any collusion. 

So what cause of “justice” are Democrats and media alleging President Trump obstructed: Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russian government? Sorry, after spending nearly two years, $40 million and incalculable hours of digging deeply into all of Trump’s campaign, there’s absolutely no evidence of collusion. 

The latest Democrat conspiracy theory of obstruction of justice by Trump is about his resentment of the investigation into his campaign’s colluding with the Russians. Apparently, President Trump knew for a fact there was never any collusion and he resented 24/7 news coverage charging him with such. The goal of the obstruction of justice conspiracy is the same that spun the original collusion conspiracy, i.e. to impeach Trump. 

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says: “The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” 

Trump’s resentment of being investigated about fake allegations by the most powerful investigative organizations in the world does not rise to the level of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. 

Now Mueller’s report has been put to bed, attorney general William Barr and inspector general Michael Horowitz can turn their attention to the origin of FBI/DOJ/CIA/DNI investigations into fake allegations of Trump colluding with the Russians. Those origins are rooted in the Obama administration from the Oval Office and Cabinet-level appointees, down deep within the intelligence communities and halls of Congress. Threat of exposing “high crimes and misdemeanors” within the last administration is more than enough to ignite barrages of impeachment charges against the current administration.

The last two-plus years tells us impeaching President Trump will be the sole focus of Democrats and media for the next 17 months. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-controlled House are incapable of passing any legislation to address pressing needs such as the crisis on our southern border. 

While Democrats and media are consumed with impeachment, Barr and Horowitz will begin shedding a little sunshine on creatures in the swamp. What if a sitting president politicized his law enforcement and intelligence agencies to infiltrate and spy on political opponents’ campaigns and activities? Surely such crimes would rise to the level of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Mississippi. You may contact him at