Executive Summary: Mueller v. Trump
"The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
If you want to give Democrat Party principals and their Leftmedia promoters a little time to decide how to frame news about their primary focus for the last two years, dump it late Friday afternoon, and then hope the opening rounds of March Madness will provide a little more cover.
That was the case with news that Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump/Russia collusion delusion had finally dropped.
After 675 days of investigation, Phase One of the collusion between Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and his cronies, and Robert Mueller, however unwitting Mueller’s involvement was to take down Donald Trump, has now concluded. But the roots of the special counsel investigation of Trump actually began when he was a candidate — and he and his administration have been under assault every day since.
As you recall, this charade was prompted by a fake dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democrat National Committee. Clinton and Comey, whose “higher loyalty” was, first and foremost, to Clinton, set that fabrication into motion, and it was carried out by a handful of high-ranking officials within the FBI and Department of Justice in what was, in effect, a coup d'état strategy.
Mueller’s mandate immediately turned into an unlimited investigation into all manner of ostensible wrongdoing regarding Trump and his campaign.
Sunday, Attorney General William Barr released his “Principal Conclusions” on the Mueller investigation for Congress: “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
Indeed, Mueller was the second-longest serving FBI director in history and, given his unfettered investigative powers and resources over the last two years, if he did not find collusion, there was none. Those of us who are grounded in reality, not partisan agendas, already knew that.
The Mueller report also doused 10 anonymously sourced Trump-Russia bombshells and six unfounded media collusion claims about key Trump associates, including Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Michael Cohen.
But the first phase of the “collusion” distraction has served its purpose — to keep Trump on the ropes for the last two years.
Rep. Mark Meadows, Freedom Caucus chairman, concludes, “The Democrats’ Russian collusion narrative is fading for one reason: because there was no collusion. It was a political conspiracy theory. To say the case ‘fell apart’ would be kind — because there never was a case from the beginning.”
But Sen. Ted Cruz warned: “I do think it’s striking that at least the early indications are there are no further indictments, which means … that not a single person was indicted for colluding with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. [But] if anyone thinks that the Mueller report being concluded is the end of the Democrats’ attempt to take down President Trump, they haven’t been paying attention the last two years. … They fully intend to impeach the president and they don’t care about the basis.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared, “Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers. The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay. … The American people have a right to know.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) insisted, “There must be full transparency in what special counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the president from wrongdoing. DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work.” Nadler will call Barr to testify: “We must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts.”
The leading 2020 Demo presidential candidates parroted the Pelosi/Schumer/Nadler response.
Of course, the call for releasing the full report has nothing to do with ensuring “the American people know all the facts,” and everything to do with perpetuating the only thing Democrats have to offer ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign — “Hate Trump.” And holding the administration’s MAGA agenda hostage may well produce the economic recession Democrats want in order to claim Trump’s agenda has failed.
Trump responded to calls to release the “witch hunt” report, declaring, “Let people see it. There was no collusion with Russia. There was no obstruction. … This was an illegal takedown that failed, and hopefully, somebody is going to be looking at the other side.”
Regarding Trump’s insistence on “looking at the other side” and Democrat calls for “full disclosure,” former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy responded: “You want disclosure? Me too. But let’s see all of it. Not just Mueller’s report. Let’s see everything: all of the memoranda relevant to the opening of the investigation, all of the testimony at closed hearings, all of the FISA-warrant applications, all of [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein’s scope memo.”
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes backs that full inquiry: “What we really need to see is what was the FBI’s involvement with Fusion GPS. Who were they? Who did they know about? … Fusion GPS was essentially the Hillary Clinton campaign. They were hired by the Clinton campaign, so we need to see all of that and need the FISA fully disclosed.”
The Demo “dog whistle” line in Barr’s summary is this: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Of course, that was not the mandate of the investigation, so stating there is no exoneration of obstruction of justice is an obvious conclusion, but provided an open invitation for Democrats to keep seeking to prove a negative. However, despite that invitation, anyone without a partisan political motive must ask, “If there was no collusion, then how do you make a case for obstructing an investigation into something that did not happen?”
Democrats have repeatedly staked their bets on “collusion,” and they’re doubling down.
Nadler: “We know there was collusion with people in the campaign with Russians. … There was obviously a lot of collusion.” House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA): “There’s clear evidence of an attempt to collude. … There’s plenty of evidence of collusion.” DNC chief Tom Perez: “Over the course of the last year, we have seen a mountain of evidence of collusion between the [Trump] campaign and the Russians.”
In addition to reinvestigating the “Russia collusion” claims, the Democrat investigation will also take in the question of how then-candidate Trump used his own money to settle what constituted extortion payouts — and whether those payments violated campaign-finance law.
Bottom line: Every American should be concerned that a completely unsubstantiated opposition-research dossier of Donald Trump, funded by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee, was elevated by high-level FBI officials into an investigation of a candidate they opposed during a presidential campaign, leaked to the Leftmedia by the director of the FBI, and resulted in the appointment of a special counsel. This was a purely partisan setup of a political candidate and then sitting president, scripted and prompted by high-ranking officials in the FBI, CIA, and DoJ.
That should concern every American of any political stripe.
And of equal concern should be the fact that, consequently, that investigation has consumed an enormous amount of time and energy by an administration, devoted, most notably, to creating more jobs and better wages for all Americans. Thus, Democrat Party operatives set about to obstruct the Trump administration’s agenda at enormous expense to those Americans they claim as constituents, and they plan to continue that obstruction.
That unmitigated arrogance and hypocrisy should also be a concern of every American of any political stripe.