The release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report following a 22-month investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 presidential election should have resulted in a collective sigh of relief from media and politicians.
But it didn’t, and that’s going to hurt them in the long run — especially in 2020.
Although the report wasn’t a totally flattering portrayal of President Donald Trump, it nonetheless concluded that there was insufficient evidence to conclude that he or anyone in his campaign had colluded with Russia or obstructed justice.
But that didn’t silence the caterwauling coming from Democratic politicians and mainstream media. If anything, it intensified.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., vowed to broaden the investigation. If it wasn’t a witch hunt before, it would soon become one.
He fired off a letter to Mueller, calling for him to testify before the committee, and posted it to social media stating, “After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell, another California Democrat and a presidential hopeful, called for Attorney General William Barr’s resignation.
He said that the attorney general’s allegiance should be solely to the American people, adding, "Attorney General Barr wants to represent Donald Trump; I think he should resign."
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler also blasted Barr.
"We clearly can't believe what Attorney General Barr tells us," Nadler said. "Congress must bet the full unredacted along with the evidence by counsel Mueller. Congress requires this material to perform our constitutionally mandated responsibilities."
Don’t these three understand? The report is Mueller’s words — not Barr’s, and certainly not “spin.”
NBC News political director Chuck Todd read more into the report than what was actually there by suggesting that Russia had hacked the election.
“Curious why the number one response to this report by every elected official isn’t concern about how easily the Russians hacked the election and how way too many Americans cheered this on... and hoped it was true rather than ethically decide it should be stopped,” he tweeted.
Townhall senior editor and frequent Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich called Todd out and observed simply, “Because they didn't hack the election.”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes offered an odd, totally illogical argument.
“The president is so emotionally incontinent and was so personally offended by the investigation that he undertook all kinds of desperate, possibility outright criminal actions to shut it down despite being innocent,” he argued.
If you don’t buy his “criminal despite innocent” argument, he offered an equally confusing one.
“The President was determined to cover up his actions because he had something to hide and he was somewhat successful in doing so and we don't really know definitively what that was,” Hayes added.
So ... the proof of a coverup is that there is no proof?
Speaking for the administration, counsellor to the president Kellyanne Conway called the last two years of investigation “a political proctology exam...”
Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, advised that the people who continue blaming the president are the real problem.
“If you’re upset that the President is not the villain you wanted him to be, you’re missing the point,” he tweeted. “Our President did not collude nor obstruct. That’s a good thing.”
Conservative CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham offered the deadliest truth bomb. She accused CNN of “gaslighting” the public with its two years of continuous goal post moving and talk of collusion, obstruction, and impeachment — and she did it on CNN.
"I hope nobody missed leg day because carrying these goalposts, they're going to be very heavy if you want to do it for the next 18 months," she told a stunned panel led by CNN’s Jake Tapper. “There was no collusion. It is good news that he wasn’t a foreign asset and he’s our duly-elected president.”
If the Democratic Party wants to take control of the Senate in 2020, screaming Russia hysteria is not the way to go about it. The American people are shell-shocked after two years of a nearly non-stop, 24-hour cable news coverage of collusion, obstruction, and impeachment.
Americans want to hear something positive from candidates for once, especially now that their president — despite any other failings — isn’t a criminal.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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