I haven’t done a very good job of keeping up with this column over the last several weeks; it always seems to me that I’m about to write a piece that I’ve already written. Of course, that’s how the news seems these days. The names and faces may change a little bit, but it’s always the same old story: Someone says something, usually it’s Mr. Trump, and then everyone goes crazy with fake horror and phony outrage, and another manufactured crisis is underway, only to be forgotten in three days’ time when it’s replaced with the next one.
Yet this week, there was something that seemed to me to be unusually ominous that sprang up in this story from the New York Times: “Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry”.
The gist is that Robert Mueller is now examining Mr. Trump’s Tweets to see if he can pin obstruction of justice on the President. To be sure, Mr. Mueller is fully aware of the fact that even if he managed to do that, he couldn’t indict a sitting president even if he wanted to. With that in mind, how can we not wonder what is really going on in this investigation of his.
Mr. Mueller has long been a highly respected Republican attorney in Washington. He was appointed Director of the FBI by then President George W. Bush in 2001 and severed with distinction until 2013. Yes, he is respected on both sides of the political aisle and is a valued member of the Washington Establishment. When he was appointed Special Prosecutor to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian Government in an alleged attempt to fix the 2016 election, I was hoping that he would do a comprehensive job of getting to the facts in a timely manner and thought he was a great choice for the job, assuming it was a job that needed to be done in the first place.
So far, however, that has not happened. Yes, there have been some indictments: Michael Flynn has entered a guilty plea for misleading investigators in the matter, investigators who have themselves been charged with various activities, including lying to their own bosses at the FBI and to Congressional investigators, which should bring doubts to the mind of any reasonable observer. Mueller has also indicted Paul Manafort, a political consultant who served as Trump campaign chairman for about 10 minutes, on charges that are completely unrelated to the case, as well as a number of Russian operatives for their alleged attempts to influence the election from afar. As we know however, none of the Russians will ever have to answer those charges, since extradition is prohibited by the Russian constitution, rendering those indictments rather meaningless.
Now, having apparently found nothing to support the collusion allegations, Mr. Mueller is investing Mr. Trump’s Tweeting habits.
This whole thing would appear comical and stupid, if it weren’t for the fact that U.S. Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has steadfastly refused to show Mueller’s engagement instructions to legitimate Congressional Oversight investigators and has generally obstructed every attempt to discover what the bounds are for the Mueller probe. This obstruction has become so great that several members of Congress actually tried to introduce Articles of Impeachment against Rosenstein that had to be quashed by Congressional Leadership just yesterday.
When Mueller was appointed by Rosenstein, the American Public was told by Mr. Rosenstein that the investigation was launched for the purpose of investigating the allegations of collusion. Yet now, more than a year later, it has become clear that this was not actually the case, and that apparently, Mr. Rosenstein, deliberately or otherwise, misled the American People.
This all leads me to a question: Mr. Rosenstein, Mr. Mueller and Congressional Democrats: Why shouldn’t the American People suspect that this whole fiasco is nothing more than a coup attempt, to overturn the results of a duly constituted election and undermine the very foundation of this Republic?
Of course, I’m nobody, and my question can only be answered in the way this mess plays out. Yet if any of those good people did actually respond to my question, they would most likely say that I am a kook, a far-out nutjob, unhinged, extreme, out of the mainstream, unstable, racist, sexist, homophobic and of course, dangerous. Sadly however, name calling isn’t an answer− it’s a dodge and that kind of dodge is most often a confirmation.
By the way, have I mentioned recently that I am not a Trump supporter?