The special counsel's investigation into "collusion" is veering toward one into "obstruction."
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into wrongdoing by Donald Trump and any campaign or administration officials he deems fit to scrutinize appears to morphing into one of obstruction of justice. Recent developments in the case suggest that Mueller has turned his sights to whether Trump obstructed justice by allegedly pressuring former FBI Director James Comey to drop the Bureau’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Originally, you may recall, Mueller was tasked with finding collusion between Trump and the Russians into their hacking of the 2016 election. Despite the best efforts of the Left and their friends in the media, that charge has gone nowhere. No evidence has surfaced that Trump colluded with Russia to swing the election in his favor. The indictment of Paul Manafort is based on charges totally unrelated to Trump or the 2016 election, and charges against Flynn are about lying during the investigation, not about illegal deeds.
Mueller is under pressure to produce something — anything — against Trump. His mandate is open-ended, meaning that if the collusion investigation goes nowhere, then he is free to go in any other direction with his investigation until he finds something. Trump haters are hoping Mueller will find an impeachable offense. Or at the very least, that Mueller’s investigation tarnishes Trump enough to make his re-election impossible.
This is not how justice is supposed to work. Either a crime was committed or it was not. But in Washington, politics infuses the search for justice, and Mueller is a man on a mission. A mission that is shifting for reasons that seem to have more to do with politics than with the realities of the investigation.
The Mueller investigation started out not as a normal criminal investigation where a crime has been committed and there is a search for the culprit. In this case, there is an investigation in search of a crime. The Democrats wanted revenge over the 2016 election. Their arrogant worldview was that it was only natural that Hillary Clinton follow Barack Obama into the White House so that the transformation of America into a worker’s paradise could be completed. In their minds, it was not possible that Trump could beat Clinton without breaking the law.
Yet Mueller’s crack team of Democrat hounds has had a hard time finding a crime related to Trump. With the collusion narrative all but dead, the current pivot to an obstruction of justice charge fills Trump haters with hope. The question now becomes whether Trump obstructed an FBI investigation. If it can be proven that Trump meddled in the FBI investigation of Flynn, then we may be looking at an impeachable offense.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) noted earlier this week that the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which she is ranking member, has its own obstruction of justice investigation going against Trump. It’s not known if the Senate is privy to information that the special prosecutor does not have. Of course, any impeachment charge against Trump would have to come from the House (and the first attempt failed miserably Wednesday), but that’s a minor detail considering to what lengths the Left has gone to sabotage Trump.
The case for obstruction is not off to a very good start though. Comey himself has stated that he did not believe Trump obstructed justice in their discussions over the Flynn investigation. If anything, Trump may be guilty of poor judgment and bad politics in poking his head into the FBI investigation and later firing Comey, but that’s not even close to high crimes and misdemeanors.
The investigation will continue, however. Whether Trump skates without being charged, or whether the Democrats have their revenge remains to be seen. But make no mistake about this. What is taking place now is not the pursuit of justice, it is Swamp politics, pure and simple.