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Twitchy: Sh*t just got REAL: Sen. Lindsey Graham’s presser on Mueller report should TERRIFY Democrats and the Deep State (watch)
Andrew C. McCarthy: How Long Has Mueller Known There Was No Trump-Russia Collusion?
For sane people paying full attention, it is over … and should never have been in the first place. For the democrats and the Clinton-chained MSM it ain’t over until they say it’s over. Why? Because this entire political hoax was not intended to find an actual nefariousness or crime, or they would have nailed Hillary Clinton and the DNC, in addition to the Obama operatives in the FBI/DOJ. No, this was meant to bloody-up a duly elected president and everyone around him, including his family, in order to force him to resign as some unspoken favor to poor, poor loser Hillary Clinton, and to throw a wall up in his way in the 2020 election. However…
TAS: What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It? – Time for transparency: Mueller effectively indicts the Obama Justice Department and FBI.
Twitchy: MUST READ thread from Kimberley Strassel on the Mueller report and the FBI; BONUS: Lindsey Graham responds to James Comey’s tree tweet
William A. Jacobson: The coup has failed, but continues: The Democrat and media tactics and goal posts are shifting after the Mueller finding of no collusion, but the goal of unwinding the 2016 election remains.
The Mueller Report puts the lie to two years of this attempted coup.
But don’t think it’s going to stop. Already the tactics and goal posts are shifting. Now it’s not Russia collusion that’s paramount, it’s obstruction of justice in the form of Trump allegedly obstructing the Mueller investigation. But Mueller never reached the conclusion that an obstruction crime was committed, and a criminal obstruction charge was rejected as unjustified not only by AG William Barr but also by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Remember, it was Rosenstein who was considered so vital by Democrats to preserve the integrity of the Mueller investigation.
Democrats already are promising more investigations. The goal is to continue the slow-motion coup.
That coup will take place outside D.C. as well, with politically motivated prosecutors examining every aspect of Trumps’ business past looking for crimes:
“Nearly every organization Trump has run over the past decade remains under investigation by state or federal authorities, and he is mired in a variety of civil litigation.”
So Trump survived the coup, but the coup continues.
Liz Shelds: Mueller handed off the obstruction charge to the Democrats…on purpose
On the issue of obstruction of justice, the much more likely issue to cause Trump some trouble since it requires a bit more of a judgment call, Mueller purposely punted to the Democrats’ congressional circus for stage two of our national nightmare. This is not over and the continuation of the Trump sabotage can be found in the report’s assertion that it was unable to determine one way or the other if Trump tried to obstruct justice. This was entirely by design.
But AG Barr was having none of this crap and stepped in so the derp staters in the DOJ can’t leak out that Mueller didn’t clear Trump on obstruction. But now they can say Trump’s hand-picked AG made the call on obstruction. See how that works? Clever.
After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.
I wonder what the Mueller witch hunters consider evidence of obstruction of justice?
Also, Barr made a very smart move to include the inexplicably protected and compromised Rosenstein in this conclusion. But here’s the opening for the deranged media and Democrats to pounce: Mueller didn’t absolve Trump of obstruction and Barr is a Trump appointee so his assessment can be doubted. Let’s roll.
And the democrats and their puppy dog media are all insisting on “transparency”, even though they know full-well the entirety of Mueller’s report has to be weighed against breaching national security and intelligence. But still they persist in the childish bullshit…
AoSHQ: “Adam Schiff-for-Brains and Jerrold Go-Nadler keep insisting that they have all kinds of evidence of collusion. Well, if that’s the case, boys, why did you not voluntarily hand over all your files to Mueller? And isn’t knowingly withholding this evidence considered “obstruction of justice?”
TDW: Democrats Hold Emergency Call On Mueller Report, Turn Down Classified Briefings, Plot Subpoenas
Hillary’s ever loyal henchmen get charred as they continue to push their stained-pants false narrative in the face of the truth…
Twitchy: ‘Does being this stupid come NATURALLY?’ David Corn gets HUMILIATED pushing his clickbait claiming Trump really IS busted
The biggest losers in all of this is the MSM. They dutifully pushed the false narratives/premises and spun the fake news and lies, ignored what and who exactly were at the very core of this from the start, and played the water-carriers for the Deep State that tried their damnedest to unseat Pres. Trump and negate the votes of the millions of Americans who voted him into office to do the work they want done…
Hate Inc – taibbi.substack: It’s official: Russiagate is this generation’s WMD: The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it
Fairly long outline but worth the read time ^^^…
As has long been rumored, the former FBI chief’s independent probe will result in multiple indictments and convictions, but no “presidency-wrecking” conspiracy charges, or anything that would meet the layman’s definition of “collusion” with Russia.
With the caveat that even this news might somehow turn out to be botched, the key detail in the many stories about the end of the Mueller investigation was best expressed by the New York Times:
A senior Justice Department official said that Mr. Mueller would not recommend new indictments.
The Times tried to soften the emotional blow for the millions of Americans trained in these years to place hopes for the overturn of the Trump presidency in Mueller. Nobody even pretended it was supposed to be a fact-finding mission, instead of an act of faith.
The Special Prosecutor literally became a religious figure during the last few years, with votive candles sold in his image and Saturday Night Live cast members singing “All I Want for Christmas is You” to him featuring the rhymey line: “Mueller please come through, because the only option is a coup.”
Mueller, in other words, never stepped out of the bounds of his job description. But could the same be said for the news media?
For those anxious to keep the dream alive, the Times published its usual graphic of Trump-Russia “contacts,” inviting readers to keep making connections. But in a separate piece by Peter Baker, the paper noted the Mueller news had dire consequences for the press:
It will be a reckoning for President Trump, to be sure, but also for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, for Congress, for Democrats, for Republicans, for the news media and, yes, for the system as a whole…
Nothing Trump is accused of from now on by the press will be believed by huge chunks of the population, a group that (perhaps thanks to this story) is now larger than his original base…
Glenn Reynolds: Mueller report: Collusion by the news media, not Donald Trump, but don’t expect apologies
Daniel Greenfield: NY Times Op-Ed: Trump is Guilty No Matter What Mueller Report Says
Some MSM clowns want to know how to close the proverbial barn door after ripping it off the hinges…
The MSM will hopefully suffer the results of their blatantly biased agenda, and have an even lower public opinion than they had even before the 2016 election. But the bigger more important dangling reality is the Deep State operation in all of this, and the politicizing and weaponizing of federal government agencies and departments that should never be involved in such crimes as were played out on then candidate Donald Trump and anyone around him, and then a duly elected sitting POTUS…
Boston Herald: Editorial: In wake of Robert Mueller’s report, don’t celebrate — investigate
The Democrats have been saying that the truth must come to light for two years, now. Let us oblige them. The president has been dogged by this entire situation..
Was the “Russia Dossier” used to get the ball rolling? There is evidence to suggest it.
Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr and Peter Strzok should be at the center of a new probe to determine whether members of the United States intelligence services took part in an effort to compromise the duly elected president of the United States.
Democrats and the media will show little interest in such an investigation but that is of no matter. History will outlive the activists on CNN and it is our responsibility to shed light on the motives behind the machinations to undermine a duly elected president.
AT: The Metaphysics of FBI Bias
Kimberley A. Strassel: Mueller Is Done. Now Probe the Real Scandal: Americans deserve a full accounting of the missteps of Comey and the FBI.
Lots of sweaty palms on the left…
FNC: Trump dossier, Michael Flynn testimony, Michael Cohen in Prague: Stories that fell flat during Mueller probe
DC: 7 Collusion Theories That Died With The Mueller Report
IBD: FBI Officials Wanted To Charge Hillary Clinton — Turns Out, They Should Have
Actually, Bri’s missive is one in the list of bullshit narratives the MSM continue to push. Trump did not ask Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. It was open knowledge she/DNC had been hacked and she had tens of thousands of emails “missing” and unable or unwilling to turn over to the Congressional committee that demanded them. Trump was basically telling the Russians to release those emails their hackers might have possession of.