The gravity of the Barr memo cannot be dismissed, no matter what Trump personally gained from it. Russia tried to influence our election in 2016 to get Donald Trump elected, and Trump has done little or nothing about it after the fact.
Lest anyone forget, Trump also made a public plea—on television in 2016—to have Russia hack into his opponent’s emails.
“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the candidate Trump said at a news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” Hillary for America policy adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement at the time. "That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."
What Trump and his minions did may not have reached the level of illegality, but their actions remain harmful. It would be helpful to see the complete Mueller report, if for no other reason than to understand why the president’s publicly acknowledged actions did not rise to the level of criminal activity. Moreover, it might be nice if he were publicly chastised for them as well as other crass actions he’s taken. But for now, that’s not happening—and you’ll turn blue and pass out if you hold your breath waiting for it to occur.
The country, predictably, remains as divided as it has been since Trump took office. Those who support him sound like a pack of coyotes yipping at the recent Super Worm Full Moon. Those who can’t stand him are screaming “Deep State,” and sound as if someone suddenly cut them off from their opioids.