Caputo: Russia Investigation Was the Story of 2017

Results of probe could be big story of 2018

Tom Puckett
December 28, 2017 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) What was the biggest story of 2017 in your mind? WBEN contributor Michael Caputo says it was the investigation into Russian meddling in the election and any collusion with the Trump campaign.

"Not because it's true or important, it's a travesty. Three out of five days a week throughout the year after Trump was inaugurated this led the news," says Caputo. "This was designed to slow down Donald Trump. Nobody who knows Russia believes there was any collusion. What they were doing was trying to charge Trump with not being legitimate, which got him upset. They want him to make a mistake so they can get him on a charge of obstruction or lying to the FBI. That will be moving foward in 2018 the big story."

Caputo believes Trump's use of Twitter was a big story as Trump weaponized the site and used it to fight. "Every morning when reporters wake up, they check Twitter before they check the AP, and it drives the news each day," says Caputo.

In 2018, the resolution of the investigations will be the lead story. "I don't think Robert Mueller's going to move to a conclusion so quickly, but he will conclude it in 2018. What comes out of them, we don't know, could be bigger if what they accuse the president of rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors and we might see a move toward impeachment, "notes Caputo.

Caputo is also eyeing the 2018 midterms. He says Republicans have to overcome Trump's record low popularity ratings if they want to keep control of the House and Senate. "That will depend on how robust the economy is. Will it be enough to hold off a Democratic onslaught? It's not clear," says Caputo. 

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