In other words, the special counsel cannot prove the original allegations that were made by the DNC-funded Fusion GPS dossier by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and Crowdstrike, which was that, with the help of the Trump campaign, Russia hacked the Democrats and put the emails on Wikileaks. Crowdstrike asserted that Russia was behind the supposed hack. And it was Fusion via Steele that alleged that Trump had helped.
You know, the whole reason there was an investigation in the first place. What all the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court warrants were apparently based on. But Mueller cannot prove that, and so now he is falling back on prosecuting process crimes.
This follows the pattern of the federal cases against Martha Stewart and Scooter Libby, who were never prosecuted for insider trading and outing Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. That was the whole reason they were being investigated, but they couldn’t be proven, and so process crimes were brought in their stead.
Instead, now Mueller is focused on matters far beyond the election, including Flynn’s recollection of conversations from Dec. 2016 after the election with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions against Russia and a UN Security Council Resolution against Israeli settlements.
The indictment of one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has to do with conduct with the government of Ukraine, not even Russia, and goes back to years before the 2016 election.
This tells the American people everything they need to know. Which is, there never was any collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia to hack the DNC or “steal” the 2016 election in the first place. It never happened.
Take Flynn. President Trump, according to former FBI Director James Comey, allegedly asked Comey to let the Flynn matter drop. Now, the President under Article II of the Constitution has the executive power to lead law enforcement investigations, or to stop them. It’s called prosecutorial discretion. It is an inherent power.
The U.S. is not a banana republic. At least, not yet. But we are on the cusp of becoming one when the U.S. national security and law enforcement apparatus can conduct a counterintelligence probe against a presidential campaign and then official transition with dubious charges that originate from Trump’s political opponents. And then bring real charges that ruin people’s lives.
In June, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel, promised Congress that “As long as I’m in this position, [Mueller is] not going to be fired without good cause.”
Now it has emerged that one of the lead FBI investigators in the Trump-Russia probe had to be dismissed for making disparaging comments about Trump revealing anti-Trump bias in the investigation — and the Justice Department under Rosenstein has apparently stonewalled the House Intelligence Committee from bringing that to light.
It has emerged that the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, via law firm Perkins Coie, funded the Christopher Steele memos that were apparently used by federal agents to initiate the collusion probe.
If an administration, indeed, if a presidential election can be overturned based on false, malicious charges — that Trump helped Russia hack the Democrats when that’s not true — we are rapidly reaching the point of no return.
This Russia witch hunt, with Mueller at the helm, is rapidly becoming one of the worst things that’s ever happened to this country. And it’s time for it to end. If the Justice Department cannot prove the original allegations, this thing should be over.