America took a chance on Trump after 8 years of one of the least chaotic, least corrupt, most scandal free administrations in our country's history. Fox News was reduced to freaking out over Obama offering a respectful bow in Asia, wearing a tan suit, and saluting a Marine while holding coffee.
I suppose you could be referring to the 8 fake Benghazi hearings, the fake IRS scandal, and the fake Uranium One scandal, but I don't count those because none of them were real. If they were the reason that Trump got elected then Republicans are hopeless morons.
Again, until the report comes out we really don't know what it says. All I can go by on obstruction is what I've seen - two years of Trump publicly, blatantly obstructing the investigation, denying Russian interference in the face of overwhelming evidence, and generally acting guilty as sin. That's not media spin, it's Trump's own words and actions.
Phil, way back in 2016 the one thing that the Trump campaign wanted changed from the GOP platform prior to the convention was the watering down of our commitment to support Ukraine. Why would the Trump campaign care about that but nothing else? Well, it turns out that Trump had ongoing business with the Russians at that time. He was softening our stance toward Russia while negotiating to build a hotel in Russia. He was denying that the Russians interfered in our election while using the information that they provided. He publicly called on Russia to hack the DNC and look for Clinton's missing emails, and that's exactly what Russia did that very day.
Beyond that, Barr is arguing that because they found no collusion there can't have been obstruction. That's some shaky reasoning, since the entire point of the obstruction would have been to prevent Mueller from getting evidence of collusion. If there was collusion it likely went through Manafort, Cohen, and Roger Stone. Trump has dangled pardons for Manafort, Cohen, and Roger Stone. Hmmm. Could it not be that Manafort is withholding information from the FBI and waiting for a pardon, either as Trump's last act in office or his first act in his second term? Is it not possible that noted liar, scammer, and conman Roger Stone has the same expectation?
Or how about the fact that Paul Manafort gave Konstantin Kilimnik 75 pages of detailed polling data - including data collected by the Trump campaign - at the start of the general election? What am I supposed to make of that? That would have been handy to have if you were interested in, say, conducting a targeted misinformation campaign. That sure looks like collusion.
So yeah, so far nobody is vindicated, nobody is absolved of a thing, and as far as I know the President is as crooked as he ever was.
If that leaves any of you feeling impatient, just remember that all of you still regard Hillary Clinton as incredibly corrupt, despite the fact that the GOP has been investigating her nearly nonstop for 30 years and hasn't come up with a single criminal charge. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Literally nothing. Granted, their character assassination campaign paid off, but then I'm not sure I'd want to be associated with people who would dedicate 30 years to assassinating someone's character simply for being liberal and competent.
BTW, you should really stop putting Ocasio-Cortez and Omar in the same sentence. AOC is outspoken and liberal and she gives back as good as she gets, but she's not running around offending everybody everywhere she goes. Rumor has it that Omar is going to get primaried because she just can't seem to shut up. Ocasio-Cortez is a different story. Try listening to her actual words, rather than to the conservative media spin and character assassination. Cortez sometimes misspeaks and she's pretty green, but so what? She's a freshman Congresswoman, for Pete's sake. She's only 28. She's smart, she's charismatic, and she's earned everything she has. Hear her out - she might well be the future.