On May 17, 2017, Robert Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as special counsel overseeing an investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and related matters, but it appears that all related matters have been forgotten because as soon as special counsel, Robert Mueller filed his report, Trump called the Russia investigation "an illegal takedown that failed" and it appears that the media bought all the propaganda fast.
Like Trump, the media and the republicans claim that "the cloud has been lifted" and if the democrats continue to make collusion or obstruction of justice allegations, they are overreaching. Really? Does anybody with the capacity to think actually believe that the democrats are overreaching?
The release of the Mueller Report to Attorney Barr created a great deal of speculation and posturing. Dana Bush reflected the general tenor of extreme pushback when she said,
"At any moment the justice department may relay the principal conclusions of the Muellar investigation to Capital Hill. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are at the Justice Department right now. This as you see there is Barr leaving his home a few hours ago and he spent some nine hours at the office on Saturday, reviewing the Mueller report. As the special counsel's probe ends a political fight is just beginning. The president, lawmakers on both side of the aisle woke up this morning preparing to respond to the report which comes after a 22 month investigation notable for its discretiopn. We do know Robert Mueller is recommending no further indictments, according to a senior justice department official. That revelation has some republicans already declaring a win for the president after almost two years of the Russia cloud hanfing over his administration"
Needless to say, the key bias of that spin is the meaningless phrase "Robert Mueller is recommending no further indictments." That is the language of creating the impression that nobody else deserves to be indicted, which is of course, the new premise that will be relentlessly exploited, to create the impression that there is nothing there, there.
After that introduction, Dana Bash baited the chairman of the judiciary committee, congressman Jerry Nadler, with the following question;
"On our reporting that there will be no further indictments in the Mueller probe, that means in the end, no member of the Trump campaign was charged with conspiring with the Russian government to influence the election. Do you accept that no member of the Trump team engaged in that kind of criminal conspiracy with Russia?"
Why would anybody ask a question like that if not to create the false impression that anything short of a criminal indictment directly linked to Russia is irrelevant, confidential and should never be released to the public? Is that the gameplan? Silly of me to ask, isn't it?
The tenor of routine republican bull was crystalized by this follow up question that Dana Bash asked Jerry Nadler; "We are likely to see the conclusions of the Mueller report as soon as today. Will you accept them at face value?"
Who does Dana Bash think she is kidding?
If CNN's Dana Bash is not in fact a republican strategist like Kelly-Anne Conway, she should be.
The truth is, the claim that collusion with Russia has been disproved is pure rubbish. A key memo in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation accused Paul Manafort of colluding with the Russian government when he was then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016. Numerous bullet points were blacked out and we therefore do not have all the details beyond the fact that a federal judge at Manafort's sentencing made it quite clear the question regarding Russian collusion wasn't resolved in Manafort's court cases.
"The question of whether there was or was not any coordination or conspiracy or any collusion between anyone associated with the presidential campaign and anyone in Russia was not presented in this case. Period," Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.
Regardless, Paul Manafort is not the lynchpin of the Russia collusion allegations. It is Roger Stone who sharpens the lines between Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Trump campaign. Roger Stone is the presidentís longtime adviser and political henchman who invariably exploited his ties to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, and Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0, a Russian intelligence entity behind the hacking of Hillary Clintonís e-mails, raises well founded suspicion.
Search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1, which is WikiLeaks.
The bottom line is that Russia interfered in the election partly because both Trump and his political adviser, Roger Stone, invited them to interfere.
It is consequently not a surprise to anybody that Robert Mueller indicted President Trump's political adviser, Roger Stone, who was coordinating with Trump officials about WikiLeaks' stolen emails and that essentially makes President Trump an unindicted co-conspirator.
It is in fact extremely difficult to suggest otherwise because Roger Stone is the driving force of the Trump White House and Paul Manafort made that crystal clear when he said,
"Roger's relationship with Trump has been so interrconnected, that it's hard to define what's Roger and what's Donald. While I think it will be clearly a Trump presidency, I think it's influenced by a Stone philosophy."
Given the evident fact that Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator of Roger Stone's dirty tricks, Attorney General, Barr's assertion that Mr. Mueller did not establish that the Trump campaign and its associates conspired or coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 campaign is bogus.
The only reason the truth about collusion with Russia has not been conclusively answered is because the parties to it have been extremely deceptive and the collusion conclusion cloud will therefore hang over the entire Trump Administration until the truth is told. The allegations will not simply go away because the Trump Administration fraudulently asserts otherwise -and that is exactly what Barr does when he creates the false impression that Mueller cleared Trump.
Attorney General, Bill Barr enables obstruction of justice by seeking to create the false impression that the Mueller report cleared Trump, and that makes the president a beneficiary of corruption rather than a target who has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing by an Attorney General who is guided by respect for the rule of law.
Instead of coddling criminals, Attorney General Barr must release the Mueller Report in full without any edits, he is not supposed to be acting like the Trump Crime Family lawyer and reasonable people like John Dean get it -enough is enough.
Next: The dark clouds over the Trump Presidency get darker than ever.
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