WASHINGTON. One month after Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel in May of 2017, a Project Veritas investigative journalist sauntered up to CNN commentator Van Jones. He asked Jones for his opinion of Mueller’s probe into the charge against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Namely that Trump conspired with Russia to steal the White House from Democrat Hillary Clinton. “The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger,” said the affable leftist Jones.
A Mueller out of sorts: the profile of a nothing burger
Wednesday, a confused and at times flustered Robert Mueller confirmed Jones’ rare and lucid observation.
Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, got right to the point questioning Mueller. Regarding the charge that Trump obstructed justice by interfering with the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation, follow this exchange.
Collins: “Was your investigation curtailed or stopped or hindered?”
Next, Collins got to the real wrongdoing behind all that nonexistent obstruction.
Collins: “Is it true the evidence gathered during your investigation did not establish that the president was involved in the underlying crime related to Russian election interference?”
Mueller: “We found… ah… insufficient… ah… evidence of… ah, ah… the president’s culpability… ah…”
Collins: “So, that would be a yes?”
Mueller: “Ah… pardon?”
Collins: “That would be a yes?”
Trump clears his throat and crows
For three whole years, Donald Trump has been under relentless attack by Democrats and the press. The charge being that of treason, President Trump waxed ecstatic. You could hardly blame him for grabbing the closest handheld device and tweeting away.
“NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”
Trump-Russia conspiracy nuts out of sorts
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd later spoke on behalf of Washington’s dejected Democrats. Todd said Mueller’s performance was “a disaster… on optics.” ABC’s Senior National Correspondent, Ryan Saavedra, simply said, “Impeachment’s over.”
Leftist Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe customarily compares Trump to Hitler. Needless to say, after Mueller’s testimony, he was beside himself. Taking to Twitter, a dour Tribe mourned the passing of the collusion and obstruction narratives.
“Much as I hate to say it, this morning’s hearing was a disaster. Far from breathing life into his damning report, the tired Robert Mueller sucked the life out of it. The effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president has been set back, not advanced.”
So the Tribe encouraged die-hard Russia collusion conspiracy enthusiasts – like himself – to take heart anyway.
“The bottom line today is that the Trump presidency is being exposed as the corrupt fruit of Russia’s ongoing attack on our democracy.”
Sure. If only in the fertile imaginations of the tinfoil-hat brigades on the left.
Later, the Washington Examiner provides some context to explain Tribe’s obvious partisan bitterness.
“Tribe has called for impeachment proceedings against Trump on multiple occasions and has been tied to a website known to peddle unfounded conspiracy theories about the president. Tribe authored a 2017 opinion article in the Washington Post that highlighted what he believed to be ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ committed by Trump.
“The legal scholar previously said of Mueller’s investigation, ‘The consequential decision to impeach should not be made lightly. But Mueller’s damning report is an invitation that Congress shouldn’t refuse.'”
But today, it looks like Congress might refuse that invitation after all.
Are Democrats ready to throw in the towel on their impeachment nothing burger?
Hardly a charter member of the Trump cheerleading squad, CNN interviewed a rabid House impeachment fan this morning on yesterday’s Mueller fiasco.
The exchange proved unusually informative.
“Thursday on CNN’s ‘New Day,’ Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, lamented that impeachment was not an option when it came to President Donald Trump.
“‘New Day’ co-host John Berman asked if Schiff’s position on Trump’s alleged crimes was not a contradiction, to which Schiff explained that impeachment could also exonerate Trump.
“‘I would be delighted if we had a prospect of removing him through impeachment, but we don’t,’ Schiff said. ‘And the most attractive thing to me about an impeachment is that it is among the strongest forms of censure that we have. But the same is true of an acquittal for the president. That’s the strongest form of exoneration for him. And that stays my hand.'”
Adam Schiff questioning Mueller:
Trump speaks truth to a corrupt media
Outside the White House, meanwhile, President Trump addressed a dejected White House press corps, including CNN. And typically, rubbed their noses in Wednesday’s harsh reality.
“The Democrats had nothing. And now they have less than nothing. And I think they’re going to lose the 2020 election very big, including Congressional seats because of the path that they chose.”
Where Democrats are concerned, the “nothing burger” of Russia collusion is a dish Trump will serve up cold.
Top Image: Robert Mueller. C-SPAN screen capture.