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In this file photo taken on July 16, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The media/Democrats and their deep state prosecutors have spent more than two years breathlessly bombarding this administration with baseless accusations, initiated by a knowingly false Hillary Clinton/DNC "dossier." It painted Trump as a Russian James Bond villain, "Gold Hair."

Deep state partisans wanted all Republicans who have ever ordered a Moscow Mule or White Russian hauled before Bernie Sanders, AOC and Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, and badgered to explain themselves. It was a national embarrassment. As I have said from the beginning, this was a dirty trick political operation, not a true investigation.

This "scandal" hasn't lived up to its media hype; it's the Beto O'Rourke of investigations. We spent millions of dollars on this hoax. Just think how many liberal Democrat actors' kids with 900 SAT scores could have bribed their way into Yale with that money.

According to an analysis by The Hill, of the 14 major federal agencies whose employees personally donated to presidential politics, "By the end of September 2016, about $1.9 million, or 95 percent, went to the Democratic nominee's campaign." Ninety-four percent of DOJ employee donations were to Hillary. If you don't think legal outcomes are based on biases or payback, ask the O.J. jury.

We all know Trump often exchanges bravado for facts. We know he likes the ladies. That behavior would land a Democrat a Kennedy Award or a seat on the Clinton "Foundation" board. The only thing we have learned from this fiasco of an investigation is that we should fear our deep state law enforcement at every level. It has set the country back years. The stock market was down 400 points last Friday; it went down so fast that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to pay it $130,000.

In reality, if you give the ex-FBI chief $30 million, unaccountable subpoena power (he issued 2,800 of them), a hyper-partisan Democrat donor staff, and all our laws-layered-upon-laws in America, he will get 90 percent of us if he wants to. It is like a policeman tailing your car for 1,000 miles: He will eventually find a reason to arrest you. What should worry us all, Democrats included, is the question: Is this the legal system we want, one that indicts out of political vengeance?

Bit players were bullied by prosecutors into pleading guilty to "process" crimes. Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, et al, will serve a few days in federal prison to help Mueller justify himself. They did not get the electric chair like Dems wanted; they got the electric massage chair from Brookstone for few days. With 500 witnesses, imagine how many lives in D.C. were financially and emotionally ruined over this. They can expect no apology from the feds or the media or the Democrats.

But if the crimes Manafort was indicted for date back to 2006, why did the DOJ not get him then? That is the real question. And an armed, pre-dawn raid of his home for an investigation of nonviolent charges should make us all scared of government. Then Mueller put Manafort in solitary confinement. More armed feds were at hapless Roger Stone's pre-dawn show arrest than at the bin Laden raid. The SEALs wore blackface at that raid, which now could land them in jail, according to the latest Democrat doctrine.

It was clear that political novice Trump initially surrounded himself with cartoonish, has-been political hacks. But as I've said from the get-go, they didn't collude. Laurel and Hardy were more coordinated pushing that piano up the stairs than those guys.

By weaponizing criminal law for political gain, this "special counsel" spent perhaps $25 million to indict some guys who really harmed no one. With all that waste, it is no surprise we have a huge budget deficit. We are always approaching a "fiscal cliff." When lawmakers go over the next fiscal cliff, I hope the tide is out.

Even liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz says, "Criminalizing political differences hurts democracy." And GOP congressmen are mute as this governmental blunt object is swung. We must stand up to politically motivated prosecutions.

Contact Ron Hart, an op-ed humorist and author, at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.

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