“Come on! They’ve had a whole year,” Rudy Giuliani said in a recent interview. “We’re going to raise the pressure to try to get this thing over with. It’s gone on long enough,” he added.
Giuliani compared it to Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner James Comey’s actions of publically exonerated Hillary Clinton during that investigation, or whatever you want to call it. In the interest of fairness, Comey wasn’t a special counsel appointed by the president. I don’t think that precedent holds any water.
So far Mueller has spent twelve months on the job with two indictments to show for it. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are being charged with several bank fraud and financial crimes. However, these charges don’t link former Trump associates directly to any pro-Trump/Russian collusion, which is kind of the point of this whole affair. More on that later.
The quoted article later compares the timetable for previous special counsels to justify the length of the investigation.
The 21 major special counsel probes in the post-Watergate era lasted an average of three-and-a-half years from the appointment of an independent counsel to its conclusion, which in most cases involved the completion or publication of a final report, according to a POLITICO analysis.
If we’re going to use post-Watergate as a benchmark I think anyone hoping to see President Trump strung up is going to be sadly, sadly disappointed. Especially in light of tonight’s news.
Of those 21 special counsel probes, 17 resulted in no indictments. One resulted in an indictment that led to an acquittal. Two cases led to pardons following indictments. Only some Clinton business partners, some aides, and Scooter Libby ever faced jail time. All of the people indicted resulted from the purpose of the actual investigation.
Pretty underwhelming, and proof that this is just a complete waste of time and taxpayer money. Unlike the post-Watergate 21 investigations, the people indicted in the Trump/Russia/Narnia fiasco aren’t even in the same universe of the investigation’s purpose. Fraud charges? Really?
Before some of you hardcore NeverTrumpers reach for your TUMS and liberals fling your ACLU coffee cup across the room and accuse me of being a Trumpkin, or whatever the term de jour is for anyone with an inkling of support for President Trump, I’m not saying Mueller is outside his scope of authority. I understand that Rosenstein’s order clearly states that Mueller can investigate any matters that arose or may arise from directly from the investigation” followed by the the catchall provision in section (iii) (I do the same thing as a corporate attorney when I file a new company—add a catchall provision following the purpose of a business).
But let’s not ignore the preamble of the memo which specifically reads “to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.” There’s also the most prominent statement that the investigation should review “any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”
Far be it from my legal mind to recognize any other reading of the memo, but it seems like the purpose of the investigation was to look into the fabled Russian collusion storyline.
But we all know what this is really about. The narrative has been about President Trump directly colluding with the Russian (Putin) government. That’s it. It would be a lie to deny that statement.
Has anything turned up involving Russian links to President Trump in this mythical tale worthy of Tolkien? Anything? Or is this just another carriage in the train of media corruptness? I mean Manafort and Gates are being indicted for something completely outside the true purpose of the investigation, which in itself runs contrary to those individuals who were indicted in the 21 previous special counsel investigations. I guess this also justifies the federal judge who called into question the scope of Mueller’s investigation.
“But it’s within Mueller’s power.” That sounds like a fantastic idea. Let’s give some DC stooge the power to do whatever he wants. It blows my mind that some conservatives would justify the need for centralized power in one man. But I guess their unfettered hatred for President Trump is more important than principle. It’s sad because the same conservatives will wave the banner of being principled while attacking Evangelicals who still support President Trump in spite of his sordid personal life. Seems hypocritical? I don’t know, maybe I’m just spit-balling.
“But Manafort. And Gates. And now Cohen.” Are they corrupt? Maybe, but I don’t see them wearing the hammer and sickle. Yet the same people living inside the Capital Beltway DC who praise politicians as “rock stars” (who end up coming out as millionaires) don’t care about the corrupt lifestyles of those we elect.
The more that comes to light the more I agree with Judge Elliott’s statements about Mueller’s actions.
What about the gigantic money dump that this will inevitably turn in to? As of last September (the new numbers haven’t been released yet), Mueller and his gang have spent about $7 million dollars on this circus. That’s not including the past six months. $7 million for what? Fraud charges? Really? Let’s not forget that previous special counsels have cost upward of $80 million dollars of taxpayer money.
But what if Mueller does happen to find something? What if President Trump has a bat phone hooked up directly to the Hall of Doom? What will happen to President Trump then? Much to Joy Behar’s chagrin, nothing will happen. Nothing. At. All.
BREAKING tonight Rudy Giuliani claims that Mueller will follow Department of Justice precedence.
"The Justice Department memos going back to before Nixon say that you cannot indict a sitting president, you have to impeach him. Now there was a little time in which there was some dispute about that, but they acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can't violate the Justice Department rules," Giuliani said.
"We think it's bigger than that. We think it's a constitutional rule, but I don't think you're ever going to confront that because nobody's ever going to indict a sitting president. So, what does that leave them with? That leaves them with writing a report," said Giuliani.
This crushes the dreams of so many people in DC. So many. You'll get a memo at most.
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