The Republicans needed the Benghazi investigation, politically speaking, because they didn’t have anything else on Obama or Clinton. The fishing expedition worked: It uncovered Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, which ultimately caused serious and unwarranted political damage. But there’s no need to manufacture a scandal against Trump, given how many are sitting in plain sight.
His presidency has been marred by corruption, some of it taking place in the open at the president’s private club. His shady private businesses face allegations ranging from bank fraud to money laundering. His children are nakedly capitalizing on his presidency, and his son-in-law was mysteriously given a top secret security clearance even though his application was rejected. There are credible accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Trump that go back years. We still haven’t seen his tax returns!
Democrats took back the House in a landslide midterm election by focusing on health care, not Trump’s plan to build a tower in Moscow. The party’s 2020 frontrunners are focusing on issues like climate change and income inequality, not questions about what really happened during a 2016 meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians. When the attention of presidential aspirants does turn to the president, it revolves around his obvious corruption and his coddling of authoritarians around the world.