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wwjd Wrote: I need some help understanding how the Trump campaign can be under investigation, but Trump not be included in that investigation. It would like investigating Trump Inc for fraud, and say that Trump personally was excluded, especially when Trump is so closely connected with the daily decisions of the operation.
There's a big difference between investigating a campaign and an individual. I'm surprised that Comey told Trump that, but I'm also not surprised that he didn't want to make it public because Comey didn't know whether or not the investigation would eventually implicate Trump himself.
This may wind up being something like Nixon where the cover-up was worse than the crime itself. Donald personally inserting himself into an ongoing investigation and then pressuring multiple individuals to squash it may wind up being much more of a problem for him. If he really didn't do anything wrong and just let the investigation unfold then technically he could be vindicated, but now the story is more about how he was trying to end the investigation and not whether or not he personally colluded with Russia.
It's also important to understand that just because Donald isn't personally under investigation doesn't mean he still can't be implicated. It's no surprise that his campaign aids and not himself were the ones who personally reached out to Russia.
Remember that an individual has to commit a crime and if Donald didn't personally collude with Russia then it will be hard to convict him of any wrong doing in a court of law. None of that matters anyway because the only body that can hold Donald accountable while he is still President is the Congress.
The Supreme Court ruled in Nixon v Fitzgerald that a President "is entitled to absolute immunity from damages liability predicated on his official acts" and the courts have consistently ruled that a President can not be charged with a crime while they are in office. They can technically be charged after they leave office either by impeachment or when they reach the end of their tenure, but as we saw with Richard Nixon - that is highly unlikely.