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Another Take on Mueller: Republican.

Posted on the 28 July 2020 by Martingevans

With the dropping of charges against General Flynn and the Supreme Court’s hearing about the partial release of Grand Jury testimony gathered by Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, we are re-entering a focus on the Mueller investigation. Just how unbiased was Rober Mueller? Robert Mueller, a lifelong Republican, has given great service to his party through his investigation of the Trump campaign and his report (Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election) and his discussion of the report before Congress in July 2019. It is clear that Robert Mueller is not quite such a straight arrow as he is reputed to be. This conclusion is based on four elements:
  • .   The failure to file charges on Finance Law violations (conspiracy with the Russians) following the June 9th 2016 meeting between Trump campaign representatives and Russian operatives
  •      The obfuscation so evident in his discussion of why the President was not indicted on obstruction of justice charges
  •      His delay in correcting Attorney General Barr’s misleading summary of the Mueller report
  •      His strangely inept behavior during his testimony before Congress.

No Campaign Finance Charges From his report, it is clear that he bent over backwards not to indict two members of the President’s family (Donald Jr. and Jared Kushner) and the then manager of his presidential campaign, Mr. Manafort for receiving dirt about Hillary Clinton. Mueller levies no charges because he thought he would have difficulty providing proof of a crime because of the question of whether there was anything of value being offered to the campaign and whether the participants in the meeting knew that they were breaking the law. It was clear that if something of value had been received, it whould have ben reported and that receipt from a foreigner was forbidden. Although the law specifies that value resides in what the participants expect to receive before the meeting took place.He then went on to claim that there was no way to establish the value of what was offered to the Trump team. This despite the fact that before the meeting, the team was told that the information would incriminate Hillary and that it would be helpful to the Trump campaign. Mueller’s second reason for rejecting the idea that something of value was received wass the fact that “no judicial decision has treated the voluntary provision of uncompensated opposition research or similar information as a thing of value that could amount to a contribution under campaign finance law.” We shall see later that Mr. Mueller was not so sensitive to a lack of judicial support. Finally, he argues that he could not lay charges because the Trump representatives might not have known that they were breaking the law in asking for something of value from the Russians. Although ignorance of the law is usually no excuse, with campaign finance law, the potential wrongdoer must do so “knowingly and willfully.” Mueller thought that Trump’s team might be able to activate this defense, but surely that is a decision to be made by the defenders and not to be considered in deciding whether or not there is a case to be made.
Obfuscation on Obstruction of Justice The saddest statement in the report comes in the introduction to the section on Obstruction of Justice. It reads: “Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” There is one reason and one reason only why Mr. Mueller did not draw the conclusion the President was a criminal: Justice Department rulings and memoranda that a sitting president could not be indicted. However. This proposition has not been tested in Court. Mr. Mueller unlike the issue of value accepted the untested position. Clearly favoring the President.
Barr’s summary of the Mueller report On March 22nd. 2019, Robert Mueller submitted his report, just under 500 pages in length, to the Attorney General, William Barr. Two days later, Barr released a four page letter giving his summary of the report and claiming that there was no collusion and no obstruction. On March 29th. Mr. Mueller wrote privately to the Attorney General protesting that Barr’s summary did not take into account the context and detail provided in the report. In other words the report was misleading the public. The information about Mueller’s concerns did not become public until April 30th. This, however, was moot as the redacted Mueller report had been released on April 18th. Thus for over three weeks, the Barr summary was the only information that the public had about what Mueller had found. The Barr misinformation set the frame for subsequent discussion and interpretation. Mueller failed to immediately scotch Barr’s misinformation. He played by the rules being unwilling to challenge his boss publically; the country lost.
Behavior at the Congressional Hearings Mueller repeatedly said he did not wish to appear before Congress. However, as a good soldier, he appeared when called upon. However, his reputation as a sharp, well informed, legal firecracker did not survive his testimony. He was low key. He often appeared confused. He always declined to go beyond what was written in the report, and he never, never engaged in speculation. However, at least one message was clearly delivered: our elections are under attack by Russia and we need to take defensive actions before 2020.

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