The Mueller Probe Is Not Nothing. It Isn't a Silver Bullet Either.

Both sides are going to extremes in embrace and rejection of the probe.

To hear Democrats talk about the Robert Mueller investigation, one would think they have found the silver bullet to end the Trump Presidency. They are convinced that the Russians actually rigged the election and that Donald Trump conspired with the Russians to do it. There is no evidence for any of that.

The Republicans, over correcting the Democrats' irrational exuberance and also in defense mode, are completely dismissive of all of the Mueller probe. Collusion, they would tell us, is no big deal and John Edwards was found not guilty so Trump will be found the same.

The reality is more complicated, naturally. The reality is that we do not know what the Mueller investigation is going to actually show. What we do know so far is that his counter-intelligence investigation has turned into a criminal investigation. He has gotten numerous people to plead guilty to crimes and had others found guilty by juries. These include the President's former campaign chair, that campaign chair's deputy, another campaign volunteer, the President's national security advisor, and the President's lawyer.

We know the national security advisor, Mike Flynn, participated in 19 interviews and his information caused multiple other people to come forward and speak frankly. We know that the President's own lawyer testified in court that it was the President himself who participated with him and engaged in a conspiracy to cover up payments to porn stars. We should also be mindful that though a jury found John Edwards not guilty, the judge in his case had ruled the underlying acts were crimes.

I do not think the Mueller investigation will be the end of Donald Trump's Presidency. Since before he was even elected, Democrats have been searching for a silver bullet to stop him. Silver bullets, like werewolves, are myths.

I do, however, think the Mueller investigation is serious and will have deep and lasting ramifications for the Trump Presidency, his family, his business, and the Republican Party. The President is not out of the woods yet, and things are going to get worse.

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Leon G
Leon G

It's disturbing watching Republicans defend Trump on some of this. Three years ago everyone was carrying a pocket Constitution. Now everything is viewed differently. What happened to the law and order party?

NeilMcKenna
NeilMcKenna

Collusion. With Russians. As they sought to undermine our democracy. No big deal.

Hush money payoffs. To porn stars. About which the President has clearly lied. Repeatedly. No big deal.

For those who might not know the lesson of the boiling frog, such a frog if placed on a hot stove will promptly jump off. Put him in a pot of cool water and slowly turn up the heat, however, and he will sit there until he boils to death.

Today, the typical Republican is a boiling frog whose sense of impropriety has slowly been lowered to a point that can only be reached with outright illegality . . . if then, given Rudy Guliani's recent dismissal of alleged a campaign finance violation that would constitute a felony if proven:

"Nobody got killed. Nobody got robbed. . . . This is not a big crime."

For crying out loud, WAKE UP! Do you stand for nothing? Will you stand for anything?

bigthicket
bigthicket

The FBI, most lavishly funded investigators in the world, with prosecutors of un-limited funding cannot wrap up a case of Russian collusion in 2016, to investigate if it was done again in 2018 elections!

naraht
naraht

I'm not convinced that something impeachment worthy (note, not impeachment and conviction worthy) would have leaked from Mueller's office. The man is incredibly uninterested in media publicity. The Trumpers have assumed that Mueller is Trump's opposite in politics, what we've found over the last two years is that he is Trump's opposite in publicity seeking. We've had CIA chiefs more interested in working with the Press than Mueller.

Deniro playing Mueller on Saturday Night Live has been visible for longer than Mueller has over the last 18ish months.

bigthicket
bigthicket

Mike Flynns case, as an example of tinkering with justice where he was subject to recorded conversations FBI agents are not subject to when they mis-speak. This is not an errant situation. It has squeezed others into coping pleas. The entire Flynn situation shadows the investigations to the extent it needs to be squashed flat. Neither Trumps outfit nor Hillary should be subjected to non-efficient justice