So Robert Mueller held a brief press conference to announce that the Special Counsel’s office is closing and he’s stepping down.
Naturally, he managed to irritate and frustrate just about everybody.
But here’s the thing. I’m not a lawyer. So I don’t feel qualified to give an overall assessment of what Robert Mueller did today.
Suffice it to say, I think despite his report showing the President did not collude with Russia, Robert Mueller couldn’t help but use this press conference as an opportunity to smear the President.
But instead of me waxing on as if I know what in the hell I’m talking about, I’m going to kick it over to a defense attorney to explain the legal side of things.
As a criminal defense attorney, this statement is problematic and will be misconstrued by layman. A prosecutor investigates crimes; they bring charges, or they don’t. 1/ https://t.co/A1ArhYrE7t— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) May 29, 2019
Sometimes (rarely?) the DOJ will issue a letter that they are closing an investigation and not bringing charges. But even those letters don’t conclude that an “individual clearly did not commit a crime.” 2/— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) May 29, 2019
Those saying a prosecutor does not exonerate, you are correct. Thus, the only way I can understand Muller making this odd statement is that he felt the need to directly respond to claims that his report “exonerated” Trump 3/— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) May 29, 2019
I am trying to envision a situation where after a thorough investigation, the DOJ would come out and say someone “clearly did not commit a crime.” I honestly can’t. So it’s an odd statement that I think had a very specific purpose. 4/— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) May 29, 2019
Given Mueller’s March 27 letter to Barr bemoaning how Barr’s letter created “public confusion about critical aspects” of the investigation, I would have thought Mueller would be more careful in his own statements to the press. 5/— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) May 29, 2019
Anyhow, as you can clearly see the press is running wild with this statement, and it’s a shame because it threatens to confuse and confound the most fundamental aspect of our justice system that one is innocent until proven guilty. Not investigated until proven innocent. Fin/— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) May 29, 2019
See, now, aren’t you glad I let a lawyer explain this instead of trying to pretend I’m a lawyer?
Personally, I believe Robert Mueller’s objective has always been to provide Democrats with the ammunition to try and impeach Trump.
He and his team of angry Democrats knew long before the 2018 Midterms that Trump didn’t collude with Russia.
But they dragged this out, I think, to ensure a Democrat House majority – and in turn, to ensure the House would impeach.
In other words, I believe what I always believed: Mueller and his team were and remain the American Stasi.
The Democrats and the media are desperate to keep the “Trump is a Criminal” talking point in the news leading into 2020. And Mueller just handed it to them on a silver platter — through innuendo and smears.
Speaking of letting lawyers take this one, here is Robert Barnes’ take.
Mueller admitted today he had no legal authority to accuse Trump of any crime, that it would be unfair to do so, but his team couldn’t clear Trump of a crime they could neither indict nor investigate. Cut through the legalese & you get 1 conclusion: it was a smear job from day 1.— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) May 29, 2019
Mueller lied when he said prosecutors would have said an uncharged person was innocent if they could prove that. Prosecutors almost never publicly clear people they know did not commit a crime. Mueller has never done so before himself. #MuellerSpeaks— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) May 29, 2019
The fact is, no matter what Robert Mueller said in this press conference, the Democrats were going to claim they had even more reason to launch impeachment proceedings against the President.
So the fact that the Democrats are quivering like spastic colons right now doesn’t surprise me in the least.
Part of me wants the Democrats to put up or shut up on impeachment.
As I’ve said before, President Trump thrives in a hostile environment. And add to that the Democrats’ penchant for pushing too hard and too far, I suspect that following through on impeaching President Trump – something the majority of Americans do not want – would not turn out the way the Democrats hope.
In the end, Robert Mueller’s sole purpose today was to muddy the waters, smear the President, and keep the impeachment dream alive on his way out the door.
And, as Robert Barnes says, that, and not investigating collusion, was Mueller’s job from day one.
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