I watched part of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Although he insisted that he could not say anything that was not in his written Report to the Attorney General of the Dept. of Justice, it immediately became clear that the Democrats on the Committee were insistent on drawing their own conclusions from what was stated in his Report, while the Republicans were insistent on dismissing parts of his Report. It also became apparent that Mueller himself was not as sharp as many expected, he mumbled and bumbled quite a bit.
In particular, the Republicans pointed out that his legal remit was to investigate occurrences of “collusion” (not a legal term) between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives (in Vol 1), but it was not to investigate the issue of “obstruction of justice” by the President (in Vol. 2). Further, since he knew, according to DOJ legal decisions that a sitting President cannot be prosecuted, he had no reason to investigate the President’s behavior, since as a prosecutor he could not then render a decision to prosecute. And the remit of the Special Prosecutor was only to give a prosecutorial decision on the matter investigated. Therefore, his decision to include matters of “obstruction of justice” and to not come to a prosecutorial decision was completely “inappropriate,” to use the word of former Independent Prosecutor Ken Starr who investigated Impeachment against Pres. Bill Clinton. Starr further said that all of Vol. 2 of the Report should not have been included. Further, Mueller’s statement that he could not “exonerate” the President of obstruction of Justice is legally meaningless, because “exonerate” is not a legally meaningful term.
It was clear that since Mueller found no case of “collusion,” the Democrat’s shifted strategy and focused exclusively on the “obstruction of Justice” aspect of Mueller’s Report, which shouldn’t have been investigated in the first case. In his Report Mueller reported many instances in which in his opinion, Pres. Trump tried to obstruct Justice. But, let me ask you, anyone, if you thought you were being investigated and that this investigation was beyond the scope of the Special Prosecutor’s remit, and biased, wouldn’t you also dispute his investigation.
In fact, of the 16 Attorneys Mueller hired, all were registered Democrats, not one Republican or Independent, and 6 of those were directly implicated in supporting Hillary Clinton and giving large donations to her campaign. Only one of them, Peter Strozk, was dismissed when this became public through incriminating e-mails. Nevertheless, Mueller in his Report did not find that Trump actually in any of the cases did “obstruct Justice.” In fact, almost all the citations of such obstruction were from press reports, mostly from the New York Times. Trump merely spoke to people about the case and tried to persuade people of his own opinion. That is not obstruction of Justice, and Mueller clearly says that he could not come to a decision that it was. Starr also said that the contention that anyone but the President would be charged with obstruction of justice based on this evidence, is “nonsense.” Also, at no point was Mueller fired or pressured by the White House and his Report was arrived at “unencumbered.” So what’s all this about, pure partisan politics! “Let’s get Trump (the democratically elected President of the USA) by any means possible.”
Let me predict, there is certainly nothing impeachable in Mueller’s Report and the Democrats will be punished at the next election for pursuing this matter well beyond its lifespan. As we say “flogging a dead horse”. It stinks!