Robert Mueller’s critics have described the Russia investigation as a “fishing expedition”, but is it? Webster defines ‘fishing expedition’ as: “an investigation that does not stick to a stated objective but hopes to uncover incriminating or newsworthy evidence.”
Does that accurately describe the Mueller investigation?
It does. Why, for example, don’t we know the nature of the crime Trump is alleged to have committed? Isn’t that a bit odd? Will he be charged with collusion, corruption, obstruction, perjury or will Mueller dredge up some entirely new offense that no one expected?
We don’t know. No one knows because no one has a clear idea of what the investigation is all about or where it’s headed. Mueller appears to be just nosing around to see what he can up with. He has no set parameters and no fixed agenda. He simply goes where he wants and does as he pleases. Why doesn’t that bother people?
Why aren’t people angry that Mueller is not acting as a Special Counsel, but as a prosecuting attorney? Is that the way previous administrations have been treated? And let’s be serious, Mueller is not “investigating” a case of alleged collusion with Russia. He’s looking for proof that Trump broke the law. That’s Mueller’s mandate: Convict Donald Trump. Who doesn’t know this already?
It was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who appointed Mueller and gave him his extraordinary powers. Mueller was instructed to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” as well as other matters that “may arise directly from the investigation.” In other words, Rosenstein granted Mueller nearly-limitless power to forage around looking for dirt on Trump. That’s Mueller’s assignment. And to make sure he would not be impeded by any outside authority, Rosenstein created, what amounts to, a forth branch of government, an entirely unaccountable agency that operates independent of Congress, the White House or the American people, and whose primary task is prove, by whatever means possible, that the president is a criminal. The Mueller Inquisition is essentially a shadow government whose task is to destroy the elected government. That’s not the way democracy is supposed to work.
As we said earlier, Mueller has never identified the crime for which Trump is being investigated nor has he explained whether he thinks a crime has been committed at all. Personally, I don’t see any evidence of a crime, which suggests to me that probable cause is lacking. There is no reasonable basis to pursue the current investigation. The whole thing looks like a fraud. Even worse, Trump is being required to prove his own innocence in a politically-toxic environment where powerful members of the losing party, the deep state and the privately-owned media continue to make spurious allegations for which there is not a shred of evidence. How is Trump supposed to prove his innocence when the matter has already been decided by partisan mouthpieces in the media who control everything the American people hear and see?
It’s not possible.
And how often have you heard this question: Why would these Russia allegations keep popping up if Trump wasn’t guilty?
Answer–Because the elites who own the media are waging a propaganda war against a man they will never accept as president. That’s why? Is someone under the illusion that the media is impartial, evenhanded or objective? It’s not. The media is a stakeholder that represents the interest of ownership. It’s their toy and they use it to promote their own agenda. In this case, they want a different president, a president who represents their interests. Hillary Clinton.
Ask yourself this: If Robert Mueller had anything on Trump, why would the FBI raid the law offices of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen?
Was it really necessary to violate attorney-client privilege or was the raid merely an admission that Mueller still hasn’t found any evidence of criminal wrongdoing?
It’s obvious, isn’t it? The raid was an expression of complete and utter desperation, the kind of desperation that compels dogged prosecutors like Mueller to take things to the next level.
In the words of 30-year veteran CIA-analyst Ray McGovern: “If there was any tangible evidence of Trump campaign-Russia collusion, Mueller would almost certainly have known where to look and, in today’s world of blanket surveillance, would have found it by now….Mueller knows better than anyone, where and how to find the dirt on the Trump campaign, collusion with Russia, or anything else. That he has been able to come up with so little — and is trying to get some help from the President himself — speaks volumes.” (“Robert Mueller–Gone Fishing”, Ray McGovern, Consortium News)
Have you seen any proof that Trump is guilty of collusion, corruption, obstruction, perjury or any other federal crime?
Then why do We The People allow this charade to continue? Do we no longer operate on the principle that a man is innocent until proven guilty or has that been swept away in the wave of Russia hysteria that has overtaken the country?
Check out this clip from this week’s New York Times:
“Robert S. Mueller… has at least four dozen questions on an exhaustive array of subjects he wants to ask President Trump to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the inquiry itself, according to a list of the questions obtained by The New York Times.
The open-ended queries appear to be an attempt to penetrate the president’s thinking, to get at the motivation behind some of his most combative Twitter posts and to examine his relationships with his family and his closest advisers.” (New York Times)
So Mueller wants to ask Trump “four dozen questions”? Why? If he has any proof of wrongdoing, he should present it to the American people and be done with it. Why does he expect Trump to abandon his rights to testify against himself? It’s crazy. And why does he want to “penetrate the president’s thinking”? This isn’t a therapy session with Dr. Feelgood. This is a serious investigation to see if the President of the United States tried to rig the election with the assistance of Russian agents. Mueller’s job is to gather evidence, compile witness testimony, and build a case. If he doesn’t have a case, he should call it quits and put this travesty to rest.
Of course the “four dozen questions” is just another milestone in a long list of diversions and fake news. It just shows how frustrated Mueller really is. He has nothing so he hoping he can get Trump to incriminate himself by lying under oath. It’s a perjury trap, right? In other words, absent any hard evidence of collusion, obstruction or corruption, the Special Counsel is making one-last Hail Mary pass to try to salvage his worthless investigation. It’s ridiculous. Trump knows that if he slips up in an interview with Mueller and gets his story wrong, he can be indicted. He knows that. This is just another parlor trick by a frustrated prosecutor who doesn’t no where to turn.
How often have we heard what an “honorable man” Robert Mueller is. Is this the way an honorable man behaves? This is the kind of behavior we’d expect from a small-town shakedown artist trying to coerce a confession by twisting arms and busting heads. There’s no honor in that.
Of course, Mueller is not alone in this ham-fisted attempt to destroy Trump. Comey and Rosenstein are in on it too. Some readers will recall that Former FBI Director James Comey admitted in sworn testimony, that he leaked his private conversation with Trump in order to get a Special Counsel appointed.
Here’s the quote: “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter, I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey said. (NBC News)
Nice. So the Director of the FBI deliberately leaked privileged conversations to the media with the expressed intention of damaging the President. What does that say about Comey’s ethics?
Comey justified his betrayal of Trump on the basis that he didn’t think Trump was fit for office. That was a judgement Comey felt he was entitled to make despite the fact that American people elected Trump in the 2016 presidential elections. In other words, Comey believes he has the right to preempt democracy if the outcome isn’t compatible with his partisan bias. Comey is another honorable man like Mueller.
Then there’s Rod Rosenstein, the worst of the lot.
Rosenstein is the Deputy Attorney General who replaced Jeff Sessions after Sessions recused himself in the Russia-gate investigation. Getting Sessions out of the way was clearly the plan from the get-go. Once Sessions got the boot, Rosenstein promptly swung into action. He concocted a damning 3-page memo that persuaded Trump to dump Comey and–as soon as Comey was gone– he appointed Mueller as Special Counsel. The whole thing was a set-up from the very beginning. And it was all Rosenstein’s handiwork.
In the memo, Rosenstein blasted Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Here are a few excerpts from the document:
Rosenstein: “Almost everyone agrees that the Director (Comey) made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives…..
My perspective on these issues is shared by former Attorneys General and Deputy Attorneys General from different eras and both political parties. Judge Laurence Silberman…..Silberman believes that (Comey’s) “Performance was so inappropriate for an FBI director that [he] doubt[s] the bureau will ever completely recover.” … They concluded that the Director violated his obligation to “preserve, protect and defend” the traditions of the Department and the FBI…
….I agree with the nearly unanimous opinions of former Department officials. The way (Comey) handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, (Comey) cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.” (“Rod Rosenstein’s letter recommending Comey be fired”, BBC)
Rosenstein made a strong case for removing Comey, which is why Trump fired him. Then, shortly after, Rosenstein appointed Mueller because firing Comey looked like obstruction of justice. Does that make sense to you?
Imagine the conversations that must have taken place between Trump and Rosenstein between the time Comey was fired (May 9, 2017) and the time Rosenstein appointed Mueller as Special Counsel. (May 16, 2017)
(Fiction) Rosenstein: ‘You really have to fire this guy, Comey. He’s real trouble and he screwed up on the Hillary investigation bigtime. Look, I’ve written three pages of reasons why you should can this guy and find someone else for the job.”
Trump: ‘Okay, I’ll fire him.’
Rosenstein (a few days later): ‘What, you fired him?? I can’t believe it. Why’d you do that? Now I’m going to have to appoint a Special Counsel to find out whether you obstructed justice or not. Oh, and by the way, I just hired Mueller to hound you for the next four years. I guess I should have mentioned that before, eh?
The conversation is fictitious, but that’s basically what happened. According to the New York Times: “Mr. Trump was notified only after Mr. Rosenstein signed the order, when the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, walked into the Oval Office around 5:35 p.m. to tell him. Mr. Trump reacted calmly but defiantly, according to two people familiar with the situation, saying he wanted to “fight back.”
Rosenstein is a back-stabbing, double-dealing, two-faced rat. It doesn’t matter what you think of Trump. What Rosenstein did is inexcusable. There is no higher crime than personal betrayal, and that is Rosenstein’s sad-sack legacy in a nutshell. He led Trump to believe he could be trusted, he set him up, and then he pulled the rug out from under him. The man is a disgrace.
And now, Rosenstein has moved on to other things. Now he’s stonewalling Congress and “violating federal law by refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena over Congress’s efforts to obtain documents about FBI surveillance during the election” (and) … “possible government misconduct.”
According to the draft resolution by conservative members of Congress, (who are calling for Rosenstein’s impeachment) Rosenstein failed to supervise the issuing of FISA warrants. (that were presumably used to spy on members of the Trump campaign.) Rosenstein is at the very epicenter of that whole FISA foofaraw.
House members have also filed five charges that Rosenstein “knowingly provided misleading statements related to his supervision of the initial Department of Justice investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia when he testified under oath before Congress on December 13, 2017.” (The Hill)
Get the picture? Rosenstein is dragging his feet so Congress can’t get the documents they need to prove that the DOJ and FBI were trying to flip the election by sabotaging the Trump campaign. He’s trying to protect the shadowy miscreants who have been waging a war against the elected government from Day 1. Rosenstein and his pals need to be exposed and held accountable.