Democrats and Mueller in Historic Failure
July 24, 2019 (EIRNS)—On May 29th, Robert Mueller stood at the podium at the U.S. Department of Justice, read, laboriously and in a shaky voice, a ten-minute statement whose bottom line was that he wished to vanish immediately into private life. The Democrats on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees should have paid attention. They did not.
Within the first ten minutes of his much-touted testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, today, it became clear that, as with the Russiagate hoax itself, there is “no there, there” presently, when it comes to the Special Counsel himself. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy tweeted that based on Mueller’s wandering, evasive, and sometimes incoherent answers, “it is inconceivable” that Mueller was involved at all in his own investigation. Barack Obama’s political guru, David Axelrod, pronounced the hearings “extremely painful” to watch and sought to couch what everyone plainly observed in the most polite and sensitive terms possible. Constitutional scholar and Obama adviser, Laurence Tribe, declaimed that Mueller, himself, had “sucked the life out of his report” during the morning’s hearing. Fox’s Chris Wallace, no fan of Donald Trump, pronounced the hearings a disaster for the Democrats and for Mueller’s reputation. Former Congressman Trey Gowdy commented, sadly, “the person who learned the most about the Mueller Report today was Bob Mueller.”
The hearings proved what President Donald Trump had otherwise repetitively tweeted. The witch hunt was run entirely by the angry Democrats Mueller hired to go after Trump, with Mueller himself serving as a largely empty suit of “rectitude.” Those familiar with Edgar Allan Poe will be reminded of “The Man Who Was All Used Up.”
For those who did not watch or fled after the first few minutes, here are the “Cliff’s Notes.”
(1) The morning hearing before the House Judiciary Committee consisted of each House Democrat attempting a dramatic reading to Mueller of the “five episodes” of possible obstruction of justice cited in Mueller’s report, trying to elicit the conclusion that this was clearly felonious conduct. Mueller responded on most occasions that he would not endorse the conclusion advanced, and, in an obviously rehearsed fashion proclaiming that he either “supported” his own report, or would not go beyond the report. Mueller asked to have questions repeated to him, or for citations from his own report to be repeated, even though the citations themselves were displayed on a video screen in front of him. Each exchange would end with the Democratic Congress person chanting, in some rehearsed fashion, “no one is above the law.” According to numerous press reports the Democrats had rehearsed their performances endlessly and detailed their makeup for prime time.
Of course, Mueller himself concluded that he could not reach a decision about obstruction of justice despite also concluding that the President was innocent of the underlying crime or crimes he was investigating. He also admitted today, repeatedly that his investigation was not, in fact, obstructed. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who said they were stunned by Mueller’s punting of his prosecutorial mandate, promptly found that the five episodes cited by Mueller did not amount to obstruction of justice. The key element to prove in obstruction of justice prosecutions is corrupt intent. If the President honestly believes he is the victim of a witch hunt and prosecutorial abuse, expressing his anger and frustrations with this process, the episodes described by Mueller’s attack dogs, can never constitute corrupt intent.
(2). The Republicans focused on the fact that the Mueller Report and investigation completely evaded profound questions about the origins of the Russiagate hoax, the illegal tactics used to concoct that hoax, the bias of Mueller’s investigative agents, the illegalities in Mueller’s investigation itself, and the fact that the Mueller Report itself did not present exculpatory information, particularly with regard to the “five episodes” of possible obstruction of justice. Mueller refused to answer any of these questions including on topics which were covered in his report. Astoundingly, and as if to prove Andy McCarthy’s tweet, Mueller announced that he was not familiar with the Clinton Campaign vendor, Fusion GPS, the firm which hired Christopher Steele. Popular columnist Matt Taibbi tweeting about the Special Prosecutor’s mental acuteness, stated, “Anyone who lines a parrot cage with newspaper would know that.”
(3). Rep. Doug Collins hit the nail on the head as to what the “obstruction of justice” fraud presented in the morning Judiciary Committee hearing was all about. While Mueller said that there was insufficient evidence to link anyone in the Trump Campaign with alleged Russian interference in the election, whoever actually wrote his long fictional novel claimed that the Special Counsel “could not exonerate” the President for obstruction of justice. Collins asked where, anywhere, in the laws of the United States or Justice Department regulations, is “exoneration” part of a prosecutor’s duties. Mueller admitted that there was no such authority. In fact, Mueller undertaking this fake duty completely undermines the constitutional presumption of innocence.
(4). The Democrats had an orgasm over Mueller seeming to testify in the morning session that, were it not for a Justice Department Office of General Counsel opinion that a sitting President can’t be indicted, Trump would have been indicted for obstruction. However, Mueller retracted that testimony and any such inference at the beginning of the House Intelligence hearing in the afternoon.
(5). The afternoon session featured Adam Schiff pontificating on the President’s alleged disloyalty for not going after the Russians with the McCarthyite fervor presently on display throughout Washington, D.C. Other Democrats sermonized about the President’s “greed” and “business motivations.” The only reveal was given in the opening statement of Devin Nunes, who stated that this national nightmare, initiated as James Comey’s FBI investigation of a sitting President, resulted not from any intelligence agency product, but rather as a tip from a former foreign politician about Joseph Mifsud. That politician appears to be Australia’s former Ambassador in London, and imperial spook Alexander Downer. Mifsud’s role as a Western intelligence plant tasked to entrap George Papadopoulos has been extensively reported over the past 24 hours by The Hill’s John Solomon (“Robert Mueller Soon May Be Exposed as the ‘Magician of Omission’ on Russia”).
With impeachment now dead, and the transition into the investigators kicking off, we are certain to learn a whole lot more about this. As the President tweeted after Mueller left Capitol Hill,