Democrats should tap the brakes, because voters will judge Trump next year.

“Chairman Nadler and his fellow Democrats have embarked on this fishing expedition because they are terrified that their two-year false narrative of ‘Russia collusion’ is crumbling. ... Democrats are harassing the President to distract from their radical agenda of making America a socialist country. ... The Democrats are more interested in pathetic political games and catering to a radical, leftist base than on producing results for our citizens. The Democrats are not after the truth, they are after the President.”

So said a statement issued recently by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in response to a massive document demand from Rep. Jerry Nadler, the new Democrat chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

And, for a change, this woman who usually fills a dual role of attack dog and truth bender delivered a well-aimed blow that millions of people will conclude scores a direct hit on President Trump’s opposition.

The House Judiciary Committee’s sweeping demand is stunning in scope. Not only is the committee asking for almost everything on everybody surrounding Trump during the 2016 campaign and after he took office — which clearly falls within the purview of congressional oversight — but also for all things Trump before his time in politics, including material on his business and his family.

So in one overreaching moment Democrats have risked turning the narrative sharply in Trump’s favor, allowing the White House to claim harassment and victimization. Democrats have not learned the first rule of investigation — incrementalism works. Follow the facts, gathering evidence slowly and methodically, until a case either is built — or disproven. By leaping headlong over this cliff, Democrats have played into Sanders’ claim they “are not after the truth, they are after the President.”

We definitely are not trying to absolve President Trump, who may yet be shown to have committed the kind of high crimes and misdemeanors spoken of by the Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution. This crude, crass and impetuous president who has upended so many norms deserves serious oversight.

We’re just not persuaded these Democrats are capable of slowing down — dispensing with the grandstanding — to gather information and evidence in what the nation can accept as a fair and measured process.

In just over a year the people will go to the polls again. President Trump — assuming he runs again, which is not a sure thing — either will be re-elected by the people or evicted from the White House. So throttle back the engine of investigation, and move methodically and with much less hype gathering what facts and evidence may exist.

The American people are scheduled to judge Trump in November 2020. Trust them.

Beloit Daily News