Cue up Dandy Don Meredith. As he used to croon during a Monday Night Football blowout, “The party’s o-ver!”
Or, as Gertrude Stein said of Oakland California, there is no “there” there.
The Mueller report is definitive as in “case closed” — there was no collusion with Russia. That verdict demolishes the faith-based belief that Trump somehow stole the election from the Hildabeast with the able assistance of his fellow autocrat, Vladimir Putin.
“We now know definitively … that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, and a team of very accomplished, mostly Clinton-supporting, prosecutors were unable to find evidence of a conspiracy that had been taken as an article of faith by Trump haters,” writes the one true conservative columnist for the New York Times, Christopher Buskirk.
Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Adam Schiff et al are rolling little iron balls in their hands. But … but … but … what about the attempted cover-up? Obstruction of justice! Obstruction of justice! What’s behind those Magic Marker blot-outs? Tax returns! Tax returns!
Yes, Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn to ask assistant A.G. Rod Rosenstein to fire Robert Mueller. Did McGahn do so? No, he did not. What justice was obstructed? Presumably, the President could have replaced McGahn with a more complaisant A.G. or badgered Rosenstein himself. After all, Nixon did replace Elliott Richardson with someone who did fire the Watergate special prosecutor.
A big nothing burger
“Obstruction of Nothing,” is how the Wall Street Journal headlines this morning’s (04-19-19) lead editorial.
Mr. Mueller essentially reveals a President behaving in predictable Trumpian fashion at being investigated for a crime he didn’t believe he committed—and which even Mr. Mueller now concedes he didn’t commit. There was no underlying crime, and the investigation continued with full White House cooperation. Mr. Mueller knows about these Trumpian eruptions because the White House turned over mountains of documents and allowed him to interview anyone he wanted except the President.
Nothing in the end was obstructed. The FBI probe continued after Mr. Comey was fired, and Mr. Mueller wasn’t interfered with. Mr. Mueller prosecuted those he could find enough evidence to try to turn for state’s evidence, but there was no coverup because there was no collusion with Russia to cover up.
Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler can investigate all they want. Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham should remind them that the U.S. Senate can also investigate. Why, for instance, did federal investigatory agencies take the Hillary campaign-funded Fusion Report and run with it as if it were a signed and witnessed deposition?
Former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey, a Democrat writes “Rather than investigating the President further, Congress needs to investigate how the Department of Justice got this one so wrong. If the President of the United States is vulnerable to prosecutorial abuse, then God help all the rest of us.”
Off with … somebody’s head!
Like those French Revolutionists who decapitated the statues adorning Notre Dame cathedral because they they mistook them for French kings, Trump Haters demand cargo for their tumbrels. New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait argues that Attorney General Robert Barr’s behavior is grounds for impeachment — of the attorney general!
David Leonhardt of the New York Times points out that the Washington Post’s Harry Litman has Barr’s deputy, Rod Rosenstein, in his sights.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe is reduced this morning to feeding on crumbs even the pigeons won’t touch. “Mueller report reveals Sarah Sanders lied to press in 2017.”
A press secretary, bending the truth?! Say it ain’t so, Joe!
The American people are fair-minded. The law of diminishing returns has already kicked in. Stock in the Russian Collusion market is plummeting to the baseline. At some point, even Don Lemon, Chris Hayes, Michelle Goldberg will move on to fresher game.