Mueller has failed, but found rogues

COLUMN

The Mueller investigation may be coming to an end. After spending $30 million on a fruitless search for Trump-Russia collusion, Robert Mueller will be keen to demonstrate to the American public that it has all been worthwhile. He will write a report for his new boss in the Justice Department, acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, painting a picture of a president who, prior to his electoral victory in 2016, associated with some louche characters such as Paul Manafort and Roger Stone who were worthy of investigation even if there was no collusion with Russia to be found.

Special counsels are expected to come up with the goods, and in this Mueller has signally failed. Remember that prosecutors pursuing a case against a prospective criminal do not begin their investigation by ensnaring witnesses in perjury traps (eg Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen and countless others) and then expect the jury to believe the witnesses when they’ve been lying through their teeth.

What has Mueller achieved after all this time? He has indicted Manafort for financial crimes committed a decade ago and which have nothing to do with Russian collusion. He has indicted Flynn and Papadopoulos for lying under oath, having been caught in a perjury trap. Again, no connection to Russian collusion. Flynn hasn’t been sentenced yet and Papadopoulos is currently spending two weeks in prison.

Mueller has indicted about a dozen Russians for interfering in the 2016 election, but they will never be extradited to America.

He is so desperate to discover a substantial crime that he is currently trying to get Jerome Corsi to lie about his connections with Julian Assange in an effort to prove that Trump had foreknowledge of the Hillary Clinton email hack. Corsi has declared that he will not lie.

As I have said before, this was never a criminal investigation. To appoint a special counsel, the crime and the potential criminal have to be identified. This was never done and Mueller, a prosecutor, should never have been appointed.

This was always a counter-intelligence investigation and should have been left to the FBI.

Rosenstein, the acting attorney general after Sessions’s recusal, should also have recused himself from overseeing the illegitimate Mueller investigation because he fired Comey, the FBI director, and was therefore a material witness in any obstruction of justice charge Mueller might like to bring against the President.

By the way, Mueller pretty much accepts that indicting a sitting president is not the done thing.

No, he will write as damning a report as he can, knowing that it will never lead to impeachment. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is required for the removal of the president. The Republicans control the Senate.

The Mueller investigation may be coming to an end. After spending $30 million on a fruitless search for Trump-Russia collusion, Robert Mueller will be keen to demonstrate to the American public that it has all been worthwhile. He will write a report for his new boss in the Justice Department, acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, painting a picture of a president who, prior to his electoral victory in 2016, associated with some louche characters such as Paul Manafort and Roger Stone who were worthy of investigation even if there was no collusion with Russia to be found.

Special counsels are expected to come up with the goods, and in this Mueller has signally failed. Remember that prosecutors pursuing a case against a prospective criminal do not begin their investigation by ensnaring witnesses in perjury traps (eg Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen and countless others) and then expect the jury to believe the witnesses when they’ve been lying through their teeth.

What has Mueller achieved after all this time? He has indicted Manafort for financial crimes committed a decade ago and which have nothing to do with Russian collusion. He has indicted Flynn and Papadopoulos for lying under oath, having been caught in a perjury trap. Again, no connection to Russian collusion. Flynn hasn’t been sentenced yet and Papadopoulos is currently spending two weeks in prison.

Mueller has indicted about a dozen Russians for interfering in the 2016 election, but they will never be extradited to America.

He is so desperate to discover a substantial crime that he is currently trying to get Jerome Corsi to lie about his connections with Julian Assange in an effort to prove that Trump had foreknowledge of the Hillary Clinton email hack. Corsi has declared that he will not lie.

As I have said before, this was never a criminal investigation. To appoint a special counsel, the crime and the potential criminal have to be identified. This was never done and Mueller, a prosecutor, should never have been appointed.

This was always a counter-intelligence investigation and should have been left to the FBI.

Rosenstein, the acting attorney general after Sessions’s recusal, should also have recused himself from overseeing the illegitimate Mueller investigation because he fired Comey, the FBI director, and was therefore a material witness in any obstruction of justice charge Mueller might like to bring against the President.

By the way, Mueller pretty much accepts that indicting a sitting president is not the done thing.

No, he will write as damning a report as he can, knowing that it will never lead to impeachment. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is required for the removal of the president. The Republicans control the Senate.

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Passenger Rail Richard - 8 days ago
Did I miss something recently - has the Mueller investigation officially concluded?

PC you're clearly not PC or even politically unbiased in your reporting. This, your commentary, is straight out of Fox News. You've taken the role of judge and jury and found your accused guilty even before all the evidence has come into court. Have the decency to at least await the full disclosure of all Mueller's findings at the official end of the investigation before pronouncing a verdict.

Failed but found rogues; what a waste of The Gisborne Herald's column inches.

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