Ruben Navarrette: Does Merrick Garland want to wind up like Robert S. Mueller III? He says Mueller's investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia “collusion” during the 2016 presidential campaign did not establish that “the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities’s absence of substantive evidence. He says a probe into rioting at the U.S. Capitol in 2021 would be nothing but a political exercise designed to assuage Trump's haters; it's a fool's errand for Garland. The better course for everyone — including Democrats — would be to lower expectations rather than subject the nation to a months-long overdose of media conjecture based on a murky brew of leaks.
Ruben Navarrette: Many of the other accusations against Trump hinge on whether he sincerely believed the election was fraudulent. But after state and federal investigations run their course, the inescapable conclusion may well be that while Trump might be morally reprehensible and shamefully unpatriotic, he is not, in fact, a criminal.