The Mueller Report was the perfect bookend to the Clinton Email Investigation. The same players from the FBI and DOJ participated in both counterintelligence probes.
For Madame Clinton, there was plenty of evidence of wrongdoing but she couldn’t possibly be found guilty. Every effort was made to spare her any possible embarrassment over her “extremely careless” behavior.
In contrast, Mueller and company found no evidence whatsoever to link President Trump to the Russians. Nevertheless, Mueller used every chance he had to smear the president and imply that President Trump had something – anything – to do with corruption in his administration.
Russian influence in the election amounted to active measures taken by the GRU to shift the balance of voter opinion. Its Internet Research Agency posted divisive propaganda on social media; fictional entities like “Black Matters,” and “Black Fist” were two of their creations. Russians hacked electronic documents from the Democratic National Committee and used DCleaks and Guccifer2.0 to pass documents on to Wikileaks for public release. And, Russian agents entered the US, established legal entities in conjunction with US collaborators, and jointly organized political rallies for fictional organizations.
None of these activities involved anybody in the White House. However, the FBI went after General Flynn for mis-reporting the dates and times of contacts he had with the Russian ambassador. Flynn had these social contacts in public, in front of witnesses, during diplomatic gatherings.
Manafort and Gates were snared by FARA (Foreign Agent Reporting Act) violations. Both had worked for the last of the pro-Russian Ukrainian leaders. Manafort’s violation dated back several years.
The investigators held an early-morning raid on Michael Cohen, the president’s lawyer, gathering up documents and hard drives. Other players like Roger Stone were prosecuted as well.
When the investigators were finished, no links were found to the active measures taken by the Russians. So, Mueller and company shifted to the issue of Obstruction of Justice.
Volume II of the report is devoted to Obstruction of Justice. It begins by taking the wind out of its own sails. It notes that a sitting president can not be indicted; no prosecution can be initiated against him while he is in office. Inexplicably, Mueller then proceeds to re-analyze each and every dicey circumstance during the Trump presidency.
To prosecute for obstruction, the report informs us, we need to have three things: an obstructive act, nexus (connection) to a pending or official proceeding, and intent, as shown by corrupt action. So the report revisits every episode reported in Volume I, recasting each in the darkest possible terms before discerning if any legal action could be taken.
They couldn’t find any obstruction of justice. So they re-examined existing case law, arguments made during Supreme Court deliberations, revisited Law dictionaries, they even discussed the many meanings of the words: “otherwise,” and “corruptly.” Still no luck … so they concluded: “…while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
So, a presidential transition team was ambushed by FBI stings. No Russian collusion or conspiracy could be found. Key White House posts were emptied at a time when Congress was unwilling to consent to new appointments. Lives were ruined. Money and time were wasted. And Trump won, again.
Mark Jurecki is a resident of Navarre and a retired engineer.