Though Mueller confirmed loyalty to his group, he didn’t present loyalty to his nation. Whether or not he was cognitively impaired (as he appeared to not know the names or positions of a few of his key witnesses, notably the previous Trump marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski) or had merely misplaced his backbone, he seemed to be misplaced. Why the person who confirmed such braveness on the battlefield confirmed such timidity and hesitation Wednesday, requiring members of Congress to learn him a bedtime story as a result of he wouldn’t even learn his personal phrases aloud, is unclear.
Individuals wanted a definitive, plain-language, nonlegalistic assertion from Mueller about one and just one query: Did the President and his henchmen and ladies commit a criminal offense?
Did his participation within the dissemination of data from emails stolen by Russians and leaked by Wikileaks, with Trump’s encouragement, violate marketing campaign legal guidelines? Or was it treason, particularly serving to a hostile overseas energy — our chief adversary over 70 years — assault our bedrock democratic establishment, elections? Did Trump commit any of the 10 counts of obstruction Mueller specified by his report back to cowl up these or some other crimes? And did he commit some other felonies, resembling witness intimidation, as he had clearly indicated within the report?
If the reply to any of these questions had been an unequivocal sure, the Home would have been required beneath the Structure to carry impeachment hearings. If the reply have been indeterminate, the Home may nonetheless maintain hearings to query the witnesses themselves, so it may determine, as the general public watched, whether or not this was a “witch hunt” or a reputable investigation. If the reply have been no, Democrats may disagree, however they might higher spend their time electing a Democrat in 2020.
As a substitute of answering any of the questions we Individuals had employed him to reply, Mueller pleaded “no contest.” This was not a “impartial” political transfer. It offered Republicans good cause to argue that the investigation was a two-year, multimillion-dollar waste of time.
Positive, his investigation put a half-dozen different folks in jail for one crime or one other, however Mueller selected to immunize the one who might be the fulcrum for these crimes, permitting him to stay within the highest place within the land with out a trial.
And positive, different state and federal prosecutors might finally indict Trump, in or out of workplace, or maybe, like Nixon, he’ll face a reckoning a yr or two after he’s re-elected.
However as a taxpaying Democrat, as of this second, I’ve to agree with Republicans that this was a waste of my money and time — not, as they might argue, as a result of the Mueller report made no dedication about “collusion” or obstruction. It was a waste of money and time as a result of we employed a prosecutor who, after agreeing to serve his nation one final time, selected to go lacking in motion.