At long last the Mueller Report is here. Two years in the making, and during that period a dense cloud of trepidation enveloped Capitol Hill. For Republicans it was the prospect that damning evidence would be revealed implicating a president they’ve blindly supported. Democrats hoped the Republican nightmare would come true. They needed a silver bullet, depicting such overt criminal contempt as to create a confluence of public and political support sufficient to allow the removal of President Trump from office.
At first blush, no smoking gun jumped out.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller opted to not reach a conclusion in his investigation. Mainly because prevailing legal sentiment, and policy at the Justice Department, forbade charging a sitting president with a crime.
Trump took this as an innocent verdict. He jumped atop Mt. Twitter, and like the true egomaniac he is, proclaimed, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”
Admittedly Democrats were crestfallen. With all Trump’s lies, deceit and scheming, how was nothing charged?
But then a funny thing happened. People actually took the time to read the Mueller Report, which lord knows Donald Trump would never do. At 448 pages, it’s not a quick read. Broken into two volumes, the report details Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, examines possible collusion by the Trump campaign, and whether Trump obstructed justice.
Mueller turned over his report to William Barr, Trump’s new personal attorney, who masquerades as the U.S. Attorney General, on March 22. Two days later Barr issued a four page synopsis – to help us rubes understand the complicated material contained within. Barr’s take was no criminal act was found committed by Trump or his crew of miscreants.
The problem being this was not true. On March 27, Mueller countered Barr in a private letter, indicating the attorney general’s message “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions.”
This stirred up greater controversy and more people started reading the report.
You see, the Mueller report was written in an objective manner, which makes the content all the more disturbing. Considering our current polarized political climate, Mueller comes across as too subtle. People require an iron anvil across the head to recognize anything through the clutter of 24-hour news cycles, but the evidence Mueller unveiled was quite damning.
Volume I of the report concludes that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election occurred “in sweeping and systematic fashion” and “violated U.S. criminal law.” A fact Trump continues to deny.
Mueller unequivocally notates that Russian military operatives approached the Trump campaign and were given entree to intercede on the campaign’s behalf. The Russian government did exactly that, hacking into Democratic computer networks, providing damaging emails for release through WikiLeaks, and flooding Facebook and Twitter platforms with distorted messaging against Democrats.
The idea was to “provoke and amplify political and social discord” in an effort to get Trump elected. Putin and Russia knew full well Hillary Clinton would view them as an enemy – but Trump was easily manipulated and became Russia’s useful idiot.
Ultimately Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities over their 2016 election interference.
Volume II addressed the president’s obstruction of justice. Numerous occasions are highlighted where Trump engaged to impede or derail the Russia investigation.
Trump overtly requested law enforcement personnel shut down the Michael Flynn probe and Russia investigation. When these advances were spurned, Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, and pushed out Jeff Sessions, along with pressuring other Justice Department officials to leave.
President Trump directed Don McGhan, then White House Counsel, to have Robert Mueller removed as Special Counsel, once Sessions had recused himself and the evidence was leading the investigation into possible instances of obstruction by the president. McGhan refused to carry out this directive and instead resigned.
Twice Trump requested Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, deliver a message to Sessions that he wanted the AG to intervene and limit the scope of the Russia investigation. Lewandowski never carried out this order.
Trump is like a petulant child. If one adult tells him no, he seeks out another until he finds one weak enough to do his bidding.
These instances of obstruction are in addition to the ridiculous number of contacts the president, his children and Trump’s aides had with Russian officials during the campaign and after. The president and his associates made blanket statements that neither himself, nor anyone in his campaign had ANY contact with Russians, nor did the Trump enterprise do business with any Russian entities.
Those are absolute lies and have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
What Mueller has done is provide his report to Congress, who alone possesses the authority to charge a sitting president and bring that individual to trial for removal from office. Evidence was included and paths were illuminated where presidential corruption occurred. Mueller also tipped off state courts that charges likely could be brought against Trump for crimes once he is no longer president.
These are high stakes no doubt. But make no mistake America is under attack from hostile foreign powers and from the White House. The time has come for members from both parties to grow a spine, and do what is morally right for this country and its people before irreparable damage is done to the institutions of the United States.
Impeach President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors. Remove this reprobate from office so dignity may be restored to the chief executive’s office and to America.
“Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election”