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What is it about special counsel Robert Mueller that he cannot say clearly and concisely what he means?

His nine-minute summary of the findings of his office, after two years of investigation, was a mess. It guarantees that the internecine warfare that has poisoned our politics continues into 2020.

If it was the intention of the Russian hackers and trolls of 2016 to sow discord within their great power rival, they have succeeded beyond their dreams.

Consider. Of the charge of conspiracy to collude with the Russians to hack the emails of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Mueller said, “there was insufficient evidence to charge a larger conspiracy.”

This suggests that there was at least some evidence to conclude that Donald Trump’s campaign did conspire with Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin to fix the 2016 election, just not enough evidence to sustain a charge of treason.

Didn’t they use to call this McCarthyism?

On obstruction of justice, Trump attempting to impede his investigation, Mueller said: “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

“Mueller Declines to Absolve Trump” was The New York Times headline.

That tells us that Mueller would not give Trump absolution. But why would Trump need absolution, if he did not commit the crime?

Mueller implied that his refusal to charge Trump publicly was based on a Justice Department ruling that presidents cannot be indicted.

But if the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president, and ought not charge him, as, said Mueller, it is “unfair to accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge,” then what was the point of naming a special counsel?

If Mueller actually believes Trump was guilty of obstruction, why did he not forthrightly declare: “While the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Constitution precludes my office us from indicting President Trump, we believe his actions during the course of our investigation constituted an obstruction of justice.”

At least we would have clarity. Now we have Mueller walking out, without taking questions, and leaving us with this toxic mush.

Republicans should not let Mueller skate on this. For the James Comey-Mueller investigation is itself in need of investigation.

Among the questions that need answering:

If, after two years, Mueller found “insufficient evidence” of collusion by Trump, what was the compelling evidence that justified launching the investigation of collusion during the Obama era?

Did that earlier “evidence” turn out to be false allegations and lies?

When did Mueller discover that George Papadopoulos and Carter Page were not agents of the GRU or KGB?

When did Mueller decide there was no collusion or conspiracy?

Was it not until this spring? Or has Mueller known for a good while there was no conspiracy?

ORDER IT NOW

Why are these questions important? Because the investigation itself, leaving as it did a cloud over the legitimacy of the president, was damaging not only to Trump but also to the nation. As long as half the country believed Trump was an agent or asset or blackmail victim of Putin, the nation could not come together.

Did Mueller feel no obligation to clear up that false impression as swiftly and fully as possible, if, indeed, he believes it is false?

When did Mueller discover the Steele dossier was the product of a dirt-diving operation, financed by the Clinton campaign and fabricated by a Trump-hating ex-chief of British intelligence with long ties both to former agents of Russia’s FSB and James Comey’s FBI?

Did Mueller ever suspect that the investigation he inherited was a takedown operation, instigated by enemies of Trump who were determined that he never become president or, if he did, that his tenure would be short?

Mueller’s performance Wednesday has reinvigorated the impeach-Trump caucus. But it has disserved the Democratic Party as much as it has the country.

The progressive left and its media auxiliaries, rabid on the subject, are egging on and cheering for candidates who call for impeachment. As of now, at least eight Democratic presidential candidates favor hearings.

The Democratic left is out to break Nancy Pelosi’s resistance.

If they succeed and this city and the nation turn their attention to a titanic battle to see if the Democratic Party can remove the Republican president, it will be bad news for the republic.

The real business of the nation will be put off until 2021.

Meanwhile, the Venezuela crisis is smoldering, and Sen. Lindsey Graham is urging an ultimatum to Cuba to get its forces out.

North Korea is testing missiles again, with few believing Kim Jong Un will give up the security provided by his nuclear weapons.

And John Bolton is in the Middle East accusing Iran of acts of sabotage and war in Yemen and the Gulf, and of threats to American forces in Iraq.

Mueller’s assignment was to give us answers. After two years, he gave us options.

The nation will pay a price for Mueller’s muddling indecisiveness.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2019 Creators.com.

 
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  1. David says:

    This is a masterful column. Bravo.

    Interesting to contrast the powers-that-be’s comforting dismissal of Mrs. Clinton’s criminal acts with its dark innuendo with respect to Thump’s obvious innocence.

    Can you imagine this political pitch crescendoing over the next 10 years?! Where are we going?

  2. Exile says:

    Comey-Mueller, per the admission of Strzok, was a Deep State “insurance policy.” We are not governed, we are ruled. There are no statesmen left in office, elected or appointed, Democrat or Republican. No one will be locked up over any of the Clinton Crime Family scandals, including this one.

    Pat’s one of the last statesmen left and Trump has never acknowledged the debt his campaign owed to his trailblazing populism from the Right. When we younger generations finally separate from this decaying empire, I for one will do what I can to make sure Pat, Sam Francis and others like them are remembered as the men who conserved the best parts of First Founding America for us to weave into a Third Founding.

  3. How did Unz get a article written IN THE FUTURE?!?!?!

  4. Thinker says:

    The obfuscation is by design. Mueller is a corrupt cop to the end. It’s time for Barr to investigate the Uranium One scandal and Mueller’s role in it as then FBI director. Time to take down the swamp once and for all.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @The Scalpel
  5. Thinker says:

    This is all deep state’s plan to keep Trump on a short leash. Absolving him would free him up to carry out his campaign promise of no more wars. (((They))) need him to keep drumming up war with Iran, Venezuela, NK, Russia, China. America needs to be the forever war state. Mike Pence is still working on that soft coup, he is every bit as deep state as Pompeo and Bolton, and the only guy who can’t be fired.

    Trump is doing himself no favors by going soft on his other major campaign promise: immigration. Letting Kushner handle immigration was a huge mistake. His immigration plan is as rotten as his prison reform plan or mideast peace plan. Everything that Harvard hack touches turns to shite. Trump campaigned and won on immigration. Now he’s lost a lot of support because of this sell out. He is now hated by all sides. He has shown himself to be an unprincipled megalomaniac who is simply too easy to manipulate.

  6. alexander says:

    From the moment the egg was cracked, this investigation stunk of “ultra politicized” deflection, diversion, distraction and coercion.

    Is it any wonder that after over two years of never -ending “dog and pony shows” , the completed omelette stinks just as bad ?

    What a total waste of taxpayer dollars.

    Absolutely shameful.

  7. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Could some of you who think so highly of Mr. Buchanan explain why he has for years ignored people like William Binney and served the Empire with propaganda such as “… collude with the Russians to hack the emails of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign”?

    Thank you.

  8. Exile says:
    @anonymous

    The context of the statement shows it’s not Buchanan’s opinion but he’s merely describing the accusation, FFS. Anyone who’s read much of Buchanan’s work over the past few years is well aware that he knows Russiagate is nonsense. He was warning us about the Empire and the Deep State 20+ years ago. As for “ignoring” Binney, go to Pat’s website and search “intelligence” or “Mueller” or “Deep State.” He’s not Craig Murray on this, but calling him an Empire propagandist is profoundly ignorant.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  9. @Thinker

    I agree with your sentiments but we’d be wasting our time. Barr is an empty suit. Just like Obongo, Junior Bush, Cheney, Madame Clinton and the Husband of Record, Mueller, Comey, , McCain etc. etc. Trump too has been compromised. The list goes on and on . They, like everyone inside the Beltway, are all corrupt. The swamp is now nearly 75 years old and by now much too deep. I believe that there are still a lot of truly good, honest and smart people in America. But the paradox is that they are also smart enough to know that entry into the Beltway comes at the expense of their souls.

    Just pour a stiff drink, sit back , and watch the spectacle of a country falling to pieces just like Athens and Rome before it.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  10. As long as half the country believed Trump was an agent or asset or blackmail victim of Putin, the nation could not come together.

    C’mon, Pat. The nation was not going to come together no matter what Mueller said or did. Half the country believed Trump was evil and dangerous from the moment he began campaigning, and wouldn’t waver in that belief if he found a cure for cancer.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  11. SafeNow says:

    “No questions” reminded me of the great deep-conspiracy movie “The Parallax View,” starring Warren Beatty. Both the opening and closing scenes are of an investigative commission chairman verbally delivering the final result, and cautioning: Statement only, no questions. Sociologists and historians ask, How do you know when you are living in a Dark Age? To this film, the answer was “no questions.”

  12. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Exile

    No, if you look back there has been a pattern of endorsing this aspect of the Beltway narrative. For example, on July 7, 2017, Mr. Buchanan wrote: “Americans are rightly angry that Russia hacked the presidential election of 2016.” The columns and comment threads of July 20 and 24, 2018, also illustrate what I’m asking about. I have read him closely, and Mr. Buchanan has been faithful to the Establishment on this point, careful to leave Russia cast as enemy.

    Why?

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  13. swamped says:

    “If it was the intention of the Russian hackers and trolls of 2016 to sow discord within their great power rival, they have succeeded beyond their dreams”…but IF, as seems more likely, it was their intention to elect a president who was willing to try to overcome the discord between the two great power ‘rivals’, their dreams have been shattered. Crooked Hillary obviously would have whipped up greater discord, even war – her favorite form of diplomacy – between the two great powers.
    Mueller is most closely aligned with the deep state security complex & while attention was focused on the president’s role in the alleged plot, it was easy for the special counsel to assume as his starting point that it was indeed the intention of Russian hackers & trolls to sow discord within their great power ‘rival’ – without ever having to prove it.That was far more important to the deep state than formally impeaching Trump. By hemming the president in & getting most everyone to agree on the alleged Russian threat, they win. That was Mueller’s most important assignment& the nation(s) (both of them) will indeed pay a price for Mueller’s decisiveness on unproven conclusions of Russian meddling.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  14. TTSSYF says:
    @Prester John

    Mueller had over two years, so why not give Barr a little more time before concluding he’s an empty suit? There will be plenty of opportunities to say just that, if it turns out to be true. On the other hand, we may be pleasantly surprised. There’s a first time for everything.

  15. TTSSYF says:
    @Rex Little

    Yes, but Mueller didn’t have to fan the flames and make it worse. He could have had a calming effect, at least on that small number of reasonable citizens, by putting a definitive end to all of this. I agree with those who say a complaint should be filed against him with the ABA for inverting innocent until proven guilty.

    He’s arrogant and cowardly, too, for refusing to take questions after sliming Trump in that nine-minute press conference. How dare he spend $35+ million of the taxpayers’ money on this bogus investigation (attempted coup), throw a bunch of crap at Trump in his 400+ page tome and nine-minute presser, and then announce he’s retiring, turn on his heel, and walk out, like a king? He should be subpoenaed and forced to answer questions from both sides in Congress.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  16. Realist says:

    If it was the intention of the Russian hackers and trolls of 2016 to sow discord within their great power rival, they have succeeded beyond their dreams.

    How do you know Russian hackers tried to interfer with our election…..because our trusty ‘intelligence’ agencies told you so???

  17. @Thinker

    On a somewhat hopeful note, yesterday Rick Sanchez, on his RT America news show, reported that there is a growing concern that Bolton has exceeded his authority as National Security Advisor, and has been acting on his own to subvert the President’s agenda. Trump is perhaps starting to get the message that loose cannon Bolton has gone rogue. Sanchez pointed to several newspaper articles on this, one being from the NY Times, which I have not yet read but plan to. Is it possible that crazed war hawk Bolton’s days may be numbered? For the sake of the country and the world, I hope so!

  18. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @swamped

    Agreed. Uncle Sam needs wolves to herd the sheep here in Exceptionalia.

    Mr. Buchanan likely knows better, but is comfortable playing stagehand Right in the Washington puppet show.

  19. @TTSSYF

    Joseph DiGenova has stated that Robert Mueller should be disbarred. Hopefully that would just be for starters.

    I also concur with your rebuttal to Prester John’s comment that “Barr is an empty suit.” We wouldn’t be here in the first place if Trump hadn’t installed the REAL empty suit, milquetoast Jeff Sessions, as his first AG, who cowardly recused himself from the fight without even telling Trump, before his confirmation, that that was his intention. I just hope that Barr can get to the bottom of things before the 2020 election.

    Some people like Prester John are so Black Pilled on everything that there is little hope in reasoning with them.

    • Agree: TTSSYF
  20. Johann says:
    @Thinker

    So Americans have the Hobson’s choice between a Democrat Party which is hell bent on getting us into a war with nuclear Russia and a Neo con Republican Party that is being led by the maniacal Bolton which wants simultaneous wars with China, Iran, Syria and Venezuela. The jigs is up the former USA is on its way to the dust bin of history. The drunken overweight Americans can wrap their flag around them and chant USA USA USA in their ruined cities. Democracy as Mencken said is when the people get what they deserve and get it good and hard.

  21. @anonymous

    You don’t know much about Mr. Buchanan do you? Go read his book Suicide of a Superpower. He is the opposite of the imperialist, a true patriot who is anti-war and anti-immigration. If America had elected him as president in ’92 or ’96, we would’ve been in far better shape.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  22. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Thinker

    I agree. I also believe that it will never happen. There is corruption past the inflection point. It cannot be reversed. The only solution is disintegration. Things fall apart. The center cannot hold

    • Replies: @Tired of Not Winning
  23. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Thinker

    He [Trump] is now hated by all sides. He has shown himself to be an unprincipled megalomaniac who is simply too easy to manipulate.

    agree

  24. The biggest bullshit investigation in history ended with the biggest bullshit conclusion:

    We can’t prove that you’re guilty. But that doesn’t mean you’re not. The end.

    An absolute sham deliberately crafted to hang a dark cloud over a legitimately elected president. If there’s any integrity left in our government, Mueller, Rosenstein, Comey, Brennan, Strzok, Clintons et. al. would all be hanged for high treason. Politics is the dirtiest business ever invented.

    • Replies: @The Scalpel
    , @Curmudgeon
  25. The Scalpel says: • Website
    @Tired of Not Winning

    True, and the evidence that there is not any integrity left is that Trump is making minimal efforts to prosecute Hillary or any of her co-conspirators. He is giving that issue lip service only

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  26. Corvinus says:

    Patrick is still reeling after all these years about his boy (Nixon) getting pinched by the feds, and deservedly so. In this vein, we cannot rely on him being objective.

    The fact of the matter is that Mueller was lucid, much to Patrick’s chagrin. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

    Mueller is part of the criminal investigation, his work coincides and intersects with the Congressional AND counterintelligence investigations, which are ongoing. So the entire investigation is a three-pronged effort. The only “finality” is that Mueller himself will not issue new indictments. He is issuing a report according to Justice regulations about what he found, but it is NOT a definitive, conclusive statement that will address every single angle and nuance of the entire investigation.

    The report is from the perspective of the issues that he was initially to address as the goal (collusion), and then from his work, went into other areas related and relevant to his goal. This investigation is NOT squarely Mueller’s…it consists of two other components. There is still Mueller’s grand jury, the other cases (Gates, Flynn, Cohen), along with other federal jurisdictional cases (DC, southern district of New York, northern Virginia). And, there are still dozens of sealed indictments.

    Furthermore, Justice cannot charge a crime to someone or discuss in detail their consideration of charging a crime to someone unless they meet the 90% certainty threshold–beyond a reasonable doubt–which is a daunting, and appropriate, level. Of course, that does not mean that there will not be future charges as a result of the ongoing investigations that meet that threshold, or that evidence uncovered as a result of the ongoing investigations will not lead to new charges.

    The Special Counsel’s Office exercised its judgment regarding what to investigate and did not, for instance, investigate every public report of a contact between the Trump Campaign and Russian-affiliated individuals and entities.

    In August 2017, Rosenstein *explicitly* authorized Mueller to investigate criminal charges on the subject of whether Page, Manafort, or Papadopoulos were “colluding” (the exact term used!) with the Russians.

    Mueller’s summary of the Report’s content does NOT say he looked at conspiracy with anyone BUT Russian government officials. That means that Barr probably has misrepresented the Report in saying that it looked at conspiracy with *all* Russian nationals.

    The report also explicitly says that “did not establish” does NOT mean “there was no evidence”. So pundits will quite rightly distinguish between “did not establish [beyond a reasonable doubt]” and “no evidence” of conspiracy (or “coordination,” which Mueller apparently defined identically as “conspiracy”).

    Moreover, Barr’s use of “collusion” AT MOST referred to “Scenario 1 [of 4]”—collusion by criminal conspiracy. His *political trick* was to pretend he was referring to all four types, which the report clearly outlines.

    (1) Collusion by conspiracy (a crime)*
    (2) Collusion by other crimes (a crime)*
    (3) Noncriminal collusion (a national security threat)*
    (4) Noncriminal collusion (an ethical offense)

    So it appears that Mueller anticipated the Trump-Barr line of political rhetoric and fully defuses it in the first two pages of his Report.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @Precious
  27. andevro says:

    Let’s see…Over 20 lawyers, all the power of the FBI and CIA, over 380 subpoenas , over 40 million and over 2 years…and …” we cannot prove that a crime has been committed but that does not mean you are innocent”…sorry sir…you are either a fraud or highly incompedent

  28. @Tired of Not Winning

    I have said for some time that the parallel was the “Saddam, prove that you don’t have WMD” position taken by Bush 43. For the rest of us it’s “When did you stop beating your wife?”

  29. @Corvinus

    How about a different stroll:
    Bill Binney – there was no hack of DNC computers. Mueller refuses to have him interviewed.
    Craig Murray – the leaker was a DNC insider upset with what they did to Sanders. He handed me a thumb drive that I delivered to Wikileaks. Mueller refuses to have him interviewed.
    When lawyers for accused Russians show up in court demanding evidence, Mueller can’t backpedal fast enough.
    Without the alleged “Russian hack DNC computers”, there is no Russian investigation, because 4 Facebook ads that nobody remembers seeing don’t constitute anything remotely covered by any of the four points in Mueller’s mandate or report.

    This was a con job from day one, or as Dan Bongino calls it “Clean up on Aisle 4”.

    • Replies: @alexander
    , @Jacques Sheete
  30. alexander says:
    @Curmudgeon

    So true, Curmudgeon, so true.

    Just one more “Deep state ” con job….. sucking up millions of taxpayer dollars.

    What a waste.

    Disgraceful.

  31. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tired of Not Winning

    OK. Now, please answer my question.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  32. @The Scalpel

    America in the hands of the Jews has become the greatest evil ever to inflict this earth, I believe the worst is yet to come. Since their grip on power is so firm it’s virtually impossible for us to break free, perhaps it’s best for the world that it should die.

  33. But if the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president, and ought not charge him, as, said Mueller, it is “unfair to accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge,” then what was the point of naming a special counsel?

    Exactly.

    This dumpster fire has laid bare the fact that Mueller’s whole project was nothing more than a government funded opposition research project from the start.

    One telling fact is that none of the articles calling for impeachment can identify any specific acts by Trump that supposedly constitute illegal “obstruction.” Apparently there was just “obstruction in the air” or something.

    But if the Dems can’t articulate a pithy case at this point, it means there isn’t one. It will be very hard to convince the American people that their President should be impeached for not enthusiastically cooperating with a witch-hunt investigation into stuff that never happened.

  34. KenH says:

    Meanwhile, the Venezuela crisis is smoldering, and Sen. Lindsey Graham is urging an ultimatum to Cuba to get its forces out.

    Someone needs to remind Ms. Lindsey that he wasn’t elected president and never polled more than 2% during the primaries in 2015. You’ll notice that homosexuals are some of the biggest warmongers on Capitol Hill.

    Regarding obstruction by Trump, the evidence is either sufficient to allege that he was guilty or not guilty. Not, “There isn’t enough evidence to prove obstruction but we still can’t totally clear him”. That’s like a jury rendering a not guilty verdict with the disclaimer that the jurors believe that the defendant is probably partially guilty of the charge. That’s not how it works and there’s no closure for either side and this is something out of a third world legal system instead of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence.

    But beltway & Deep State Bob phrased the report in such a way to as to give the (((media))) and
    the sheenie owned Democrat party more ammo in their 24/7 impeachment kabuki theater.

  35. KenH says:
    @anonymous

    My opinion is that Pat has been sternly rebuked for his race realist and politically incorrect commentary and books over the years and doesn’t want to lose his syndication and periodic appearances on FOX. He lost his show on MSNBC and for a few years was persona non grata at FOX because he spoke out against IRAQ war II and neocon foreign policy in general. So the best way to stay in the good graces of the establishment is to humor them a little on some of their manufactured talking points about current events and fake narratives.

    Paul Craig Roberts tells the stone cold truth and is now a non-person as a result. PCR values truth above all things. No doubt Buchanan knows this and doesn’t want to be just an angry old man with a website, so he has chosen a different path since IMO he values syndication and national relevancy more than the unvarnished truth.

  36. TTSSYF says:
    @anonymous

    I’ll answer your question from my point of view. I don’t care that Buchanan doesn’t say everything I think he should or says something I think he shouldn’t. Nothing and nobody are perfect. Overall, he’s very good on the issues. I piece together what I read from a variety of sources, and he is simply one of many.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  37. TTSSYF says:
    @The Scalpel

    I suggest a little more patience. Wait for Barr’s report and then see what Trump does or doesn’t do.

  38. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @TTSSYF

    Thanks for the civil tone, but like a couple others, you’re dismissing my question, not answering it. Only commenters KenH and swamped have offered any explanation for Mr. Buchanan’s misleading his readership that Russia “hacked the Presidential election of 2016.”

    When it comes to matters outside his country — especially relations with Russia and other purported foes — Mr. Buchanan does more harm than good. He’s a right-sizing cheerleader for Uncle Sam whose dissidence goes to strategy and tactics, not principles.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  39. Alfa158 says:

    If Anthrax Mueller wasn’t such a corrupt incompetent partisan you would almost feel sorry for him. It’s likely that he walked into this ambush thinking that he was going to be the next Archibald Cox. He probably believed that this fantasy of micturating prostitutes and hacked voting machines cooked up by the CIA and FBI was actually true, his investigation was going to bring it all to light, Trump would be impeached, and he would be a heroic historical figure.
    Remember this was the same clown who spent six years focussing entirely on the wrong man in the anthrax case, convinced that if he kept digging through that pile of horseshit long enough he would find a pony in there. Finally a co-worker dropped a dime on the real culprit, and the innocent victim of the witch-hunt was awarded millions in damages.
    In Russiagate there was almost nothing to the whole thing except some amateurish efforts through Facebook ads and social posting to avert having a warmongering ex-Secretary of State become President. The only collusions were between the intelligence community and the Clinton campaign, and the Obama State Department allowing an anti-Trump Russian attorney to overstay her visa in a last ditch attempt to entrap the Trump campaign.
    Mueller couldn’t just say that without being strung up from the nearest lamppost by a mob of enraged Proglodytes, so he finally put out a deliberately vague unsubstantiated report, made dark implications about Trump being guilty of not being innocent and has now shot off in a cloud of squid ink.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  40. Precious says:
    @Corvinus

    Mueller’s summary of the Report’s content does NOT say he looked at conspiracy with anyone BUT Russian government officials. That means that Barr probably has misrepresented the Report in saying that it looked at conspiracy with *all* Russian nationals.

    The report also explicitly says that “did not establish” does NOT mean “there was no evidence”. So pundits will quite rightly distinguish between “did not establish [beyond a reasonable doubt]” and “no evidence” of conspiracy (or “coordination,” which Mueller apparently defined identically as “conspiracy”).

    No, Barr did not misrepresent the report, he released the report in good faith as Mueller acknowledged. That was what you were demanding for weeks. Mueller had to be careful not to investigate all Russian nationals that interacted with the campaign lest he start investigating all of the spies the FBI was sending to spy on the Trump campaign…like Joseph Misfud introducing George Papadopoulos to a fake Putin niece. It wouldn’t do for Mueller to put in his report that the FBI was trying to interfere in a US election and entrap Trump campaign workers. The woman who encouraged Papadopoulos to meet Misfud may have had a personal relationship with Mueller in the past, if true I would definitely be careful to leave that out of my report if I was Mueller.

    Fortunately Barr has started investigations into just who authorized this illegal spying on the Trump campaign and I am sure the investigators will do as thorough and careful job as you frequently reminded us Mueller was doing.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    , @Corvinus
  41. TTSSYF says:
    @anonymous

    Could some of you who think so highly of Mr. Buchanan explain why he has for years ignored people like William Binney and served the Empire with propaganda such as “… collude with the Russians to hack the emails of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign”?

    Okay, I thought I answered your question but if you think not, I’ll try again. Here goes.

    I don’t know why he has ignored people like William Binney for years or why he has, in your opinion, “served the Empire with propaganda…” and I don’t care. I get enough good out of what he does and doesn’t say to worry too much about what other things he does or doesn’t say. I don’t think he has the definitive answer to everything. It’s likely he has some blind spots, as all of us do. But I think he is a well-intentioned, decent human being who, on balance, has done far more good than harm over his lifetime and is right more often than he is wrong. I think highly of him for those reasons.

  42. TTSSYF says:
    @Precious

    I suggest ignoring this guy. His mind is made up — don’t confuse him with facts.

  43. Confusion reigns.
    Uncle Sam gets stuck in the swamp.
    Red gators gain
    To fix his head in eager clamps.

  44. Corvinus says:
    @Precious

    “No, Barr did not misrepresent the report, he released the report in good faith as Mueller acknowledged.”

    No, Mueller contradicted Barr. You really need to pay closer attention.

    “Mueller had to be careful not to investigate all Russian nationals that interacted with the campaign lest he start investigating all of the spies the FBI was sending to spy on the Trump campaign.”

    Great! Let’s investigate. Careful for what you wish for…

    • Replies: @Precious
  45. Precious says:
    @Corvinus

    No, Mueller contradicted Barr. You really need to pay closer attention.

    I did, that is why I am correcting your error.

    MSNBC’s Ari Melber, who revealed the existence of the document, said it shows Mueller’s office “contrasts” Barr’s assertion about obstruction. In a follow-up tweet, he cited a special counsel source who said it provides the quotes to show there is “no conflict” between Mueller’s and Barr’s statements.

    NBC News’ Julia Ainsley further explained…”He [Mueller] did not contradict. We went back to the Special Counsel’s Office today and said, ‘Did you contradict what the attorney general said when he said that “if it had not been for that opinion, you would have charged”?’” Ainsley said. “And they said, ‘We’re not contradicting, but we’re providing more context

    Great! Let’s investigate. Careful for what you wish for

    Oh, I am really looking forward to it. As you wrote on August 8th, 2017 at 3:23pm Eastern Standard Time:

    It’s really simple here–if the evidence does not nail specifically Trump and his team, the Republicans will have a cakewalk in 2020 and beyond. Then those who brought those charges to the fore will face hell on earth, and deservedly so.

  46. @Thinker

    Now he’s lost a lot of support because of this sell out. He is now hated by all sides.

    Good, because all of this was predictable.:

    He has shown himself to be an unprincipled,[big mouth] megalomaniac who is simply too easy to manipulate.

  47. @Curmudgeon

    This was a con job from day one, or as Dan Bongino calls it “Clean up on Aisle 4”.

    Of course it was. Glad I suspected it and have paid almost no attention at all to it. What a huge waste of time it would have been.

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  48. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jacques Sheete

    Notice, though, how both Red & Blue — including Beltway “dissidents” like Mr. Buchanan — are on the same page harmonizing that “Russia hacked the election.” This helps to herd the sheep into voting in the next Most Important Election Ever, choosing between two faux sides as the controversy is presented as one of collusion.

  49. @anonymous

    It’s because Pat gets his information from the MSM. Every conclusion he draws in his articles is wrong as a result of the false input he allows himself to take in. Pat is as devoted to his precious GOP as he is to his MSM infotainment.

    Reading one of his articles is an exercise in allowing oneself to be led to a totally wrong conclusion by swallowing whole one or another MSM false thesis. In this one, he swallows the bullshit idea that Russians hacked the DNC servers and attempted to control an election’s outcome.

    Swallow enough shit and you become full of shit. Pat’s an excellent example of that truism.

  50. @Alfa158

    “Mueller couldn’t just say that without being strung up from the nearest lamppost by a mob of enraged Proglodytes, so he finally put out a deliberately vague unsubstantiated report, made dark implications about Trump being guilty of not being innocent and has now shot off in a cloud of squid ink.”

    I like the way you put that. It’s too long for a bumper sticker, but still kind of pithy.

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