The reaction from Democrats, mainstream news outlets, and pundits to the attorney general’s release of the Mueller report summary makes it clear that the integrity of our elections was never an issue.
It was about finding an excuse for the 2016 Democratic electoral loss that they still can’t accept, and pinning it on the malfeasance of President Donald Trump.
As the result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation, 37 individuals were indicted, including more than two dozen Russian nationals, and he released his final report to Attorney General William Barr Friday.
Barr, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, released a summary of the Mueller findings Sunday, outlining what they called the "principal conclusions" reached by the special counsel and his staff.
The primary finding was that neither Trump nor any member of his family or campaign staff conspired with Russia to swing the election in his favor, "despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."
As President Gerald R. Ford said at his inauguration 45 years earlier, following Richard M. Nixon’s resignation, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.”
But while it may have been over for the administration, Republicans, and the president’s supporters, it was just beginning for Democrats.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., clearly wasn’t ready to throw in the towel — he was just getting warmed up.
“Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the President, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts,” Nadler tweeted.
“… Mueller worked for 22 months to determine the extent to which President Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General Barr took 2 days to tell the American people that while the President is not exonerated, there will be no action by DOJ,” he continued.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was also a junkyard dog with a bone — he wouldn’t let it go.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, host George Stephanopoulos asked Schiff about his repeated claims for at least a year that he’d seen clear and convincing evidence of collusion and obstruction of justice.
Schiff replied that “significant evidence of collusion" still existed, and referred to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting during which nothing happened, and WikiLeaks’ alleged transfer of information to Trump advisor Roger Stone, of which no evidence exists.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume didn’t buy any of it.
“That scraping noise you may hear in Washington this afternoon is the sound of people who boosted the Trump-Russian collusion story trying to get the egg of their faces,” he tweeted. “I wonder if Adam Schiff will ever be able to get it off.”
When commenting on the Mueller report Sunday, the president brought up a compelling issue the report didn’t address.
"Hopefully someone is going to look at the other side,” Trump told reporters. “This was an illegal takedown that failed"
To be clear, numerous investigations — by the FBI, at least three congressional committees, and finally the Mueller team itself — were launched on the basis of a lie, a work of fiction, called the Steele dossier.
That dossier was jointly commissioned by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
That same dossier was leaked to the press, reportedly by the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and used to secure multiple warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) judges to spy on Trump campaign officials.
The lawmakers may want to consider letting a sleeping dog lie before it turns around to bite them in the hindquarters.
They may want to get back to making and revising laws, just as news anchors may want to return to reporting actual news, and pundits should consider weighing in on real events.
Otherwise they may expose senior members of the previous administration to criminal liability, beginning with Hillary Clinton and right up to former President Barack Obama.
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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