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Friday, March 22, 2019

We Told You So

Almost two years ago, I posted my first of many commentaries on the Mueller probe. At that time, I wrote about a "Toxic Brew" that lead to Mueller:
A special counsel, Robert Mueller, has been appointed to conduct an investigation of all things "Russian" and, as special counsels are wont to do, all "related matters." The four constituencies have won a significant victory. Trump is under siege, his agenda in tatters and his very presidency on the line.

The Dems, the GOP elites, the deep state, and the media are popping figurative bottles of champaign and congratulating themselves for bringing down the monster Trump. The economy is threatened, the stock market has reacted negatively, healthcare is at risk as Obamacare implodes, international threats abound, but the four constituencies don't care a whit—it's all about taking down Trump. The rest is acceptable collateral damage.

Everyone is singing the praises of Robert Mueller—a man with impeccable credentials and a history of high ethics. The right thing to do is to back off and let him conduct his investigation. But the four constituencies won't back off, preferring instead to add more poison to their toxic brew.

And what if Mueller finds (as I suspect he will) that "Russian collusion" is a mirage, that at very best, a few peripheral people had suspect financial dealings (with no direct connection to the presidential election) with the Russians that were far less egregious and potentially illegal than the quid pro quo payments made by Russians to the now defunct Clinton Foundation. What if he states that Trump and his people did NOT collude with the Russians. Will the four constituencies accept his findings or will they pick them apart? Will they find the one or two comments, buried deep in his report that connects a peripheral person to a Russian business deal and scream "impeachment?" We both know the answer to those questions.
At that time we knew nothing about an FBI conspiracy for a soft coup to nullify a national election. We knew nothing about the Clinton-DNC generated dossier used as the driver for a covert FBI investigation of a duly elected president and his peopler; we knew nothing about a female Russian lawyer, who it now appears, was used to set up Donald Trump Jr., we knew nothing about a cabal in the FBI and DoJ who had "insurance" against a Trump presidency, we knew nothing about the duplicity and lies of James Comey or various heads of intelligence agencies. And yet, those of us who tried to use common sense and clear thinking argued that the allegations against Trump were preposterous and unhinged.

Two years later, it looks like Robert Mueller and his band of investigators could find nothing—NOTHING—that supports the claims made by the Democrats and their many, many trained hamsters in the media. Undoubtedly, Mueller's report will be parsed by the syllable and, like a drowning man clinging to a straw, the likes of inveterate liars like Adam Schiff will find "cause for concern" and claim that the DoJ has hidden elements of the report. All you can do is shake your head in dismay.

Byron York notes five things that Mueller did not find:
1. Mueller did not indict Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, or other people whose purported legal jeopardy was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.

2. Mueller did not charge anyone in the Trump campaign or circle with conspiring with Russia to fix the 2016 election, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.

3. Mueller did not subpoena the president, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.

4. The president did not fire Mueller, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.

5. The president did not interfere with the Mueller investigation, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year. In his letter to Congress, Barr noted the requirement that he notify lawmakers if top Justice Department officials ever interfered with the Mueller investigation. "There were no such instances," Barr wrote.
Gosh, and here we were told over and over and over and over again that those things were going to happen.

Like most of the unhinged claims and actions that have occurred during the years of Trump's presidency, you'd think the Democrats would learn from their mistakes and move on. Not. A. Chance.

And from those of us who've been right all along ... we told you so.


As if to put an exclamation point on Byron York's list, Glen Greenwald tweets:
“The Mueller investigation is complete and this is a simple fact that will never go away: not one single American was charged, indicted or convicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election - not even a low-level volunteer. The number is zero.”
Of course, the Dems have bounced back from their initial shock and disappointment, now pinning all their hopes on a two fishing expeditions into Trump. The first has been initiated by a congenital liar, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who told us in no uncertain terms almost a year ago that he had evidence of Trump's collusion with Russia. Apparently, that evidence (which Schiff never produced) escaped Mueller's witch hunt. The second fishing expedition comes out of the deep blue U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of NY. They're going to look into Trump's business dealings, looking for any facts that will provide the Dems with political advantage (BTW, that is NOT how the system is supposed to work) and thereby providing the TDS crowd with a reason to initiate impeachment proceedings or taint Trump's 2020 campaign.

I'm hopeful that both fishing expeditions will work as well for the Dems as the Mueller investigation and the Kavanaugh hearings did.