Democrats are continuing to push their corrupt agenda of trying President Donald Trump in the court of public opinion without a crime.
They are now riding high on the hope that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday, for three hours before the House Judiciary Committee and two hours before the House Intelligence Committee, will take the wheels off the Trump train.
They have been pouring over the Mueller report, which documented the findings of the FBI investigation lead by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The probe was supposed to investigate whether President Donald Trump and his associates were colluding with Russia to steal the 2016 elections. It later expanded to consider whether Trump was obstructing justice.
Mueller had found no evidence of collusion but inexplicably ‘failed to exonerate President Donald Trump on obstruction of justice.’
Attorney General William Barr, with the assistance of former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, concluded that Mueller didn’t find enough evidence to pursue an obstruction charge.
If there is not enough evidence, there is no crime. This should not be that difficult for Democrats to understand.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) appeared on Fox News Sunday insisting, “The [Mueller] report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and we have to present — or let Mueller present those facts to the American people and then see where we go from there,” he said.
Democrats insist that the evidence of impeachable crimes lie in Trump’s repeated directions to former White House counsel Donald McGahn to fire Mueller and orders from Trump to McGahn to deny that he had made those demands. They are also suspicious of a series of meetings Trump had with former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in which Trump directed him to persuade former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit Mueller’s investigation.
They say it was criminal for Trump to order Lewandowski to inform Sessions that if he refused to meet with him he would be fired. In addition they contend that there was potential witness tampering with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
The president does have the constitutional authority to direct his staffers to fire anyone and the witness tampering claims are baseless but that won’t stop the Mueller inquest from proceeding.
Republicans also have questions for Mueller: when did he know he lacked evidence to charge Americans with conspiring with Russia. Why did he shift his focus to obstruction of justice?
What does he know about alleged bias within the FBI, and the text messages exchanged between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page? Why was his team lead by prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who attended former political rival Hillary Clinton’s victory party? Why were so many lawyers on his team affiliated with Democrats? When did he know that the Russia collusion narrative was based on a dossier of information that could not be verified?
“If they want to debate, or discuss, I should say, this irrelevancy, let them waste the time. But what’s before the American people now is the conduct of this president. And what Mueller found about the conduct of this president and where we go from here,” Nadler asserted.
The investigation’s conclusions have left Democrats fuming in frustration. They want to impeach the president and they thought the 448-page report would provide a blueprint. By now Trump should have been in handcuffs and a new president installed, but the public noted the conclusions of the report and yawned. They have failed to build momentum in the country for impeachment proceedings, even though support is growing among Democrats in the Congress. This leaves them in a politically untenable position.
The President came out swinging with a tweet on March 24: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” Democrats have been struggling to counteract this clear and conclusive messaging ever since. They hope that Mueller will finally convince voters that Trump is indeed a criminal. How he will accomplish this with a report full of inconclusive evidence remains a mystery.