Mueller Report

Bob Mueller Runs and Hides in Eight Minutes to Avoid Having to Answer One Key Question

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Robert Mueller's eight- to nine-minute statement Wednesday morning at the DOJ was designed for one thing only: to avoid having to answer one key question in his testimony. When did you know there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia? If the answer, as many, including Andrew C. McCarthy, are indicating, is somewhere in Fall 2017, what in the Sam Hill was Mueller doing putting the country through two years of prolonged agony? It's not likely he did all this to prop up CNN's faltering ratings. Mueller looked very nervous as he made his short speech. He should have been.

Mueller Just Proved His Entire Operation Was A Political Hit Job That Trampled The Rule Of Law

Sean Davis, The Federalist

Mueller’s performance made it clear for all to see that what he ran for the last two years wasn’t an independent investigation pursuant to the rule of law so much as an inquisition motivated by political animus. Mueller and his team refused to charge prominent Democrats for crimes he charged against Republicans. There’s no longer any doubt about who Robert Mueller is or why he conducted himself the way he did. As abominable as his press conference was, we should in many ways be thankful that Mueller so willingly displayed for all to see his disdain for basic rules of prosecutorial conduct, his total lack of self-awareness, and his naked desire to stick it to Trump.

Mueller’s Bitter End

Beyond infuriating Democrats Mueller stated only the obvious. However, he created a further problem for Trump-haters because buried in Mueller’s statement was an important statement of fact that further exonerates President Trump.

Anti-Trump Republican Congressman Justin Amash Earns A Primary Opponent

Rep. Amash and his family have been sketchy, if not downright deceptive about their business in Red China. Now, in the middle of President Trump's effort to protect American jobs and national security against Red Chinese attacks Amash suddenly thinks Trump should be impeached. Click here to learn more about Amash's opponent Michigan state Representative Jim Lower.

Mueller changed everything

Byron York, Washington Examiner

From now on, the Trump-Russia affair, the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump's presidency, will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of the Mueller report. Before the special counsel's findings were made public last month, the president's adversaries were on the offensive. Now, they are playing defense. Without a judgment that a conspiracy — or collusion, in the popular phrase — took place, everything else in the Trump-Russia affair began to shrink in significance. If Democrats could still claim that Trump and Russia conspired in 2016, they would still have the upper hand. But after Mueller, that claim is no longer possible.

The FISA Footnote That Could Doom Collusion Hoaxsters

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

The footnote could pose the biggest legal threat to those involved: Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also signed renewals. Failing to notify federal judges about the conflicting role of a source that the FBI used to authorize intrusive spying methods against a private U.S. citizen just because he volunteered to work for the wrong (in their view) presidential campaign runs afoul of many laws, to say nothing of violating Carter Page’s constitutional rights. For now, it doesn’t appear as though their malfeasance will be relegated to merely a footnote of this historical scandal.

Dem attacks on Barr come down to three-week gap

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The Mueller protest seemed more about feelings and intangibles than the bottom-line conclusions Barr had listed. And how, precisely, would a four-page letter "fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of a 448-page report? But that was the basis of the Democratic attack on Barr. (And if you do not believe it was an attack on Barr, just look at the questioning of Sen. Mazie Hirono.) Democrats are angry at the president for everything, they're angry at the attorney general for covering for the president, and they are angry at Mueller for not giving them the full-throated indictment of the president that they wanted. And that has nothing to do with a three-week gap.

7 Glaring Omissions In The Mueller Report That Kill Its Credibility

Ben Weingarten, The Federalist

The following are seven of the most glaring omissions from the collusion section of the redacted Mueller report—since collusion, not obstruction, was the theory from which the investigation stemmed. 1. No Attempt to Grapple with the Investigation’s Troubling Underpinnings. 2. No Discussion of Whether the Special Counsel’s Appointment Was Legitimate. 3. No Discussion of Special Counsel’s Perceived Bias. 4. Skating Over the Papadopoulos Predicate for the Collusion Investigations. 5. Never Mentions Steele or His Dossier in the ‘Collusion’ Section. 6. Excluding Relevant Information About Numerous Actors. 7. Raising Potential Russia Violations about Trump Not Applied to Clinton. We must have a thorough investigation of the investigators. The growing cacophony of attacks on Attorney General William Barr are a testament to it.

Mueller Raises More Questions Than Answers—About the Democrats

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The credibility of the Democratic Party is now at issue. If Mueller could not find collusion, what reason is there to believe Rep. Jerry Nadler's judiciary committee will find it, and then convince the country that they have discovered what ex-FBI Director Mueller could not. With conspiracy and collusion off the table, and Mueller saying the case for obstruction is unproven, the renewed attack on Trump takes on the aspect of a naked and desperate "deep state"-media coup against a president they fear they cannot defeat at the ballot box.

Democrats Continue to Destroy Themselves over Mueller Report

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The longer the Democrats obsess over the Mueller report and the possibility of obstruction, the bigger hole they dig for themselves. By continuing their Trump/Russia obsession Democrats will only be calling more attention to the forthcoming Inspector General's report on the genesis of the investigation that is almost certain to point fingers in directions that will make them and their media friends uncomfortable. The potential for destroyed reputations at the least and incarcerations at the most is significant. Firings have already taken place.

Mueller’s Despicable Parthian Shot

David Catron, The American Spectator

In the end, the Mueller probe was an investigation looking for a crime. Thus, it produced nothing but a few process crimes and useless indictments of foreign nationals who will never be brought to trial. It was also conducted by partisan hacks, like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, whose primary goal was to bring down the President. That failed. So, like all cowards in retreat, Mueller and his minions attempted to do as much damage as possible to the President as they departed. That’s why they refused to exonerate him despite finding no real evidence for obstruction of justice. The whole exercise was utterly despicable.

Mueller, Trump, and 'two years of bullshit'

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The report covers a lot of ground. Everyone knew, or should have known, that it would include details that Trump's detractors could use against him and details the president's supporters could cite in his defense. And it does. Certainly some House Democrats hope to use it as a road map to impeachment, and many, many Democrats hope to use it as a road map to defeating Trump in 2020. But remember what the investigation was about. It was about something that did not happen. And that should matter now that Mueller has finished his work.

Once more, only lumps of coal in certain Christmas stockings

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Great expectations dashed again. The Democrats, but for the dwindling number of grown-ups in the party of Jefferson, Jackson, Harry S. Truman and FDR, were so sure that Mr. Mueller would deliver the goods they had conferred sainthood on him, much like the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Barack Obama before he assumed office. Now some Democrats are looking for rope to deal with the special counsel, unless that other mob, the one still in pursuit of the president, has cornered the supply of hemp on their march to the hanging tree.

The Biggest Hole In The Mueller Report

We have been going through the Mueller Report and will have a few more things to say about it as we complete our review and analysis, but first let’s go over what we see as the biggest hole in the Report. The biggest hole is the Report’s utter failure to address the validity of the “predicate” to the entire Trump investigation.

Mitt Romney Is A Virtue Signaling Twit

President Trump’s economic policies are working too well for Romney to credibly criticize them and his border policy is too popular with the Republican Party’s base to risk criticizing. So, all Romney has left is to make Trump himself the object of his disapproval and so keep the Republican establishment’s anti-Trump resistance alive.

William Barr Is the Democrats' Worst Nightmare

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Barr's obviously been paying attention to the larger situation and that is bad news indeed for Democrats. This is particularly true because the Mueller probe did not come up with any crimes connected to Russia collusion, but even the beginnings of an investigation of what prompted the probe in the first place has already come up with several. What is clear is we will be dealing with this a long time, all the way, it's quite likely, to election 2020. For the Democrats, this is the original "be careful what you wish for,"  especially if the investigation leads where many think it will--to the top of their party.

Dems Have Vastly More to Fear from Full Mueller Report than GOP

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The full text of the Mueller report is a booby-trap for the Democrats. And many of them not named Schiff must know or suspect it. Sure there will be one or two tidbits to keep the heavy breathers at CNN distracted as their ratings continue to fall through the basement, but largely the report will be four hundred pages demonstrating what we all now know did not happen — i. e. collusion between Trump or anyone on his campaign and the Russians (not that we didn't know that over a year ago). The natural question will then be — what was all this for?

The Mueller and Inspector General Reports Should Be Released Simultaneously

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The Mueller report and the inspector general's (Michael Horowitz) next report, the one that is supposed to deal with these disputed FISA decisions and related accusations of FBI/DOJ bias and their roots, should be published simultaneously, neither one redacted. That way we, the people who pay for both, can see if Mueller's investigation was worth our time and money or whether it was indeed the "fruit of a poisonous tree," as David B. Rivkin Jr. and Elizabeth Price Foley wrote in the Wall Street Journal last June.