Robert Mueller’s underhanded comments during his May 29, 2019 presser offered shade to the intelligence community while defending an extremely one-sided investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election and setting the stage for impeachment proceedings.
Toward the end of his prepared statement, Mr. Mueller indicated his team was guided by “principles of fairness” beyond Department policy, saying, “It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.”
MUELLER: FAIRNESS REGARDING UNRESOLVABLE ACCUSATIONS (18 sec)
Mr. Mueller’s deference toward fairness seems reasonable, but it’s completely disingenuous. Earlier in his remarks, he stated, “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
MUELLER CONCERNING WHETHER TRUMP COMMITTED A CRIME (19 sec)
His nondenial denial will be red meat to the rabid Trump-hating media who will claim that if the President was innocent, Mueller would have said so…but he couldn’t. He’s not accusing the President of obstruction, mind you. That would be unfair. He’s just making it really clear that he can’t say obstruction didn’t occur.
Even though his report clearly stipulates no American colluded with the Russians, Mueller said his lack of a determination regarding obstruction was not based on whether the President did or didn’t commit a crime, but rather a “long-standing Department [of Justice] policy” that a sitting President could not be charged with a Federal crime while in office.
MUELLER: DOJ POLICY REGARDING CHARGING A SITTING PRESIDENT (33 sec)
According to his statement, Mueller couldn’t charge the President with a crime. That would be unconstitutional. Even keeping a Federal charge against the President under seal and hidden from public view would also be prohibited. But, fairness and long-standing tradition aside, if he had confidence no crime was committed, he would have told us. Wink, wink.
Instead of being able to charge the President himself, Mueller indicated it’s the job of others beyond the Department of Justice (i.e. Congress) to act against a sitting president. He teed-up the impeachment process perfectly for Speaker Pelosi and her cohorts in Congress.
MUELLER JUSTIFYING HIS INVESTIGATION AND TEEING UP IMPEACHMENT (50 sec)
Despite whether he could charge the President, Mueller said the investigation was necessary to preserve evidence while memories were fresh, and so co-conspirators may be charged now. By including those remarks, he provided a veneer of legitimacy to the entire intelligence surveillance apparatus and the attempted soft coup by their upper echelon. But, that’s also where his candor is glaringly at odds with reality. As he closed his statement, he emphasized there were “multiple, systematic efforts to interfere with our election, and that allegation deserves the attention of every American.”
MUELLER: RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE DESERVES THE ATTENTION OF EVERY AMERICAN (19 sec)
Unfortunately, Mueller and his team failed to address the real collusion with the Russians vis-à-vis the genesis of the Steele dossier, the illegally obtained FISA warrants, and the attempted entrapment of George Papadopoulos and Carter Page by (supposed Western intelligence assets) Joseph Mifsud, Stephan Halper, and others. The failure of Mueller and his team to fully investigate all aspects of the supposed Russian interference/collusion, or at least disclose their findings if it was fully investigated, shows the partisan nature of the debacle.
One little gem that will (most likely) be ignored by the mainstream media is Mueller’s mention of his letter to Attorney General Barr expressing his desire for portions of the report to be released, and his subsequent praise of Barr’s full disclosure of the report. He may have complained at first, but he was begrudgingly satisfied with AG Barr’s above-and-beyond transparency.
MUELLER CONCERNING AG BARR’S RELEASE OF THE FULL REPORT (40 sec)
At the end of the day, Mr. Mueller didn’t present anything that wasn’t previously disclosed, and he made it clear that he wouldn’t speculate or provide any additional details beyond his testimony contained in his report. But, he did want to make it clear that the investigation was necessary, and that if Trump was innocent he would have said so, despite undefendable accusations being unfair. That was the real reason for his presser. Well played, Mr. Mueller, you pusillanimous partisan propagandist.