All signs indicate that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is on the verge of wrapping up his investigation and will conclude that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
President Trump’s former attorney John Dowd, a highly respected Washington lawyer, put an exclamation point on those feelings when he told ABC News this week: “If I was supervising Mueller, (I would) tell him to knock it off, get it done.”
After a 21-month investigation that has caused the Trump-hating media and political left to foam at the mouth in unison, tens of millions of hardworking American taxpayers are ready to move on and finally turn the page on the 2016 election. It’s time for everyone to digest the special counsel’s results and start to heal as a country.
If Mueller decides to send a final report to incoming Attorney General William Barr, that report should be released in full so the American people and Congress can see exactly what his long and expensive investigation found, did not find, and how it was conducted. After almost two years of secrecy, it’s time for some transparency.
Since the special counsel was given the broad mandate to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, it will be telling to see if the Mueller team followed every investigative lead.
This would include: the Obama administration’s failure to confront Russian interference; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court application abuses; former British spy Christopher Steele’s collusion with Russians on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign; former FBI Director James Comey’s alleged false statements to Congress; former CIA Director John Brennan’s August 2016 political stunt in conjunction with former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada; and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s alleged leaking.
The American people are also still waiting for answers about the clear double standard in investigative tactics when comparing the Russia investigation and the Clinton email investigation.
For instance, why was National Security Adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn prosecuted for making false statements to the FBI, while high-ranking Clinton aide Huma Abedin was given a free pass?
And why were the homes of Trump associates raided before dawn, while Clinton confidants Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were granted immunity in exchange for nothing? Special Counsel Mueller should address these issues as a way to restore some trust.
Thanks to James Comey’s disgraceful political stunt to trigger the appointment of the special counsel – an action that has damaged America – President Trump has had to deal with an all-powerful prosecutor as a permanent fixture for nearly his entire presidency.
John Dowd is right. Can anyone seriously argue that 21 months isn’t enough time to look at these politically concocted allegations?
The conclusion of the Mueller investigation will mark a new beginning for President Trump and his already highly successful administration. This duly elected president deserves the chance to continue his first term and run his re-election campaign without the cloud of the Clinton-financed Russia collusion myth hanging over him.
It’s time for the liberal media to change course, admit their error and tell the truth.
Not only is the special counsel about to close up shop, but the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee also has found no evidence of collusion.
NBC News reported Tuesday: “After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee is approaching the end of its investigation into the 2016 election, having uncovered no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
These pivotal events are putting the Democratic House majority in a pickle.
Leftist resistance leaders Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings, and Jerry Nadler must explain to the American people why they were so wrong about Trump and Russia for two years. Their pathetic attempt last week to change their oversight priority away from Russia and toward the president’s private business dealings and tax returns should be met with harsh scrutiny from the media and the American people.
What the president did in his personal life for the half century before he entered politics is not within the jurisdiction of these unhinged House committee chairmen.
If they want to conduct legitimate oversight of the Trump administration for its activities since January 20, 2017, they can have at it. But looking at President Trump’s business dealings and tax returns from decades ago would be a colossal lapse in judgment. It’s a textbook overreach and the American people won’t like it.
The House Democrats’ credibility is now severely diminished because Trump Derangement Syndrome caused them to set expectations far too high. They’d be wise to recognize this fact. Republican Reps. Doug Collins, Jim Jordan, and Devin Nunes – the ranking members on the Judiciary, Oversight, and Intelligence Committees respectively – should make the necessary adjustments to their defense arguments, marginalize the radical partisan witch hunt in the House, and dig in their heels accordingly.
Everyone should view the debacle at last week’s hearing questioning Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as a wakeup call. At a minimum, Republicans need to show up and not abdicate the field.
Judiciary Committee Democrats demonstrated that they are out for blood. The Republicans’ casual approach to combating the politics of personal destruction is unacceptable.
With the Mueller investigation behind him and an economy that’s on fire, President Trump’s approval rating will continue to tick up. Reasonable independent-minded Americans who like our amazing 4 percent unemployment rate and a president who ends wars instead of starts them will now continue to gravitate toward Trump the pragmatic problem solver.
The approaching end of the Russia hoax marks a watershed moment for our country. President Trump is moving full steam ahead with his agenda to keep America great!