Elder Patriot – Earlier this year, respected former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy wrote:
After Flynn pled guilty, I argued that this showed Mueller did not have a collusion case. If he did, he would have forced Flynn to plead guilty to some kind of criminal conspiracy involving the Trump campaign and Russia, and had Flynn implicate his Trump World co-conspirators in the course of allocuting in court. Instead, Flynn pled out to a mere process crime, giving Mueller a scalp but not much else.
McCarthy was giving his reasoned view of why special counsel Robert Mueller was satisfied with a plea of guilty to one count of lying to the FBI from President Trump’s National Security Director, General Michael Flynn.
When Flynn agreed to the guilty plea, in November of 2017, Mueller already knew there was no collusion between Trump and Russia. So WTF is Mueller still looking to accomplish a full year later?
Five days after McCarthy’s article was published, Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced;
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”
Presumably that was Rosenstein’s way of confirming that Mueller had failed to tie Trump to any illegal activity. Yet, here we are 9 months later watching Mueller collect perjury pleas from Trump associates and still without any evidence of collusion.
McCarthy’s conclusion now applies to many more members of Trump’s inner circle than before. The special counsel’s perjury traps may allow him to add pelts to his belt but, even if you accept them as crimes, they all occurred after Trump became president.
To whatever extent you consider the behavior criminal, these guilty pleas had nothing to do with Trump, his campaign, or Russia.
Trump has consistently referred to Mueller’s probe as a witch hunt. It can also be considered opposition research and an early start for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential campaign.
Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn wrote exactly this today:
The pattern and purpose of Mueller’s investigation and the endgame is becoming clear, and yes, it’s clearly get the president at all costs. The team Mueller hired really foretold the story — Andrew Weissmann as the stop-at-nothing pit bull and a group of Democratic-leaning lawyers, including some who have represented the Clintons, had the obstruction of justice charge ready to go on day one.
The investigation, I believe, has come up truly empty on its central charge related to the president — collusion with the Russian government. They are now trying to find someone, anyone who had any contact with Julian Assange with the aim of calling that collusion-lite.
But mostly what Mueller’s team is doing is bludgeoning witnesses on unrelated charges to piece together a case against the president. They are shaping that case through the indictments — and threats of indictments — that are being used to get guilty pleas to make the president seem like an obstructor or co-conspirator. They are literally creating the crimes.
Harvard professor and Constitutional law expert, Alan Dershowitz, added his opinion of what he sees developing:
What's next in the Mueller investigation?
"I think the report is going to be devastating to the president," Harvard Law Professor Emeritus @AlanDersh says. "And I know that the president's team is already working on a response to the report" https://t.co/GlcWTIu29g #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/LtogMZA5rP
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 25, 2018
Dershowitz clarified that comment:
“When I say devastating, I mean it’s going to paint a picture that’s going to be politically very devastating. I still don’t think it’s going to make a criminal case.”
But there’s more reasons behind the special counsel’s probe than simply “getting” Trump.
Trump is actually collateral damage in Mueller and Rosenstein’s unfolding plan to preserve the corrupt construct within the FBI and DOJ… and other similarly corrupted federal agencies/departments.
Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse explains:
♦(1) Create a Special Counsel investigation – By creating the investigation it is then used as a shield by any corrupt FBI/DOJ official who would find himself/herself under downstream congressional investigation. Former officials being deposed/questioned by IG Horowitz or Congress could then say they are unable to answer those questions due to the ongoing special counsel investigation. In this way Mueller provides cover for officials.
♦(2) Use the investigation to keep any and all inquiry focused away from the corrupt DOJ and FBI activity that took place in 2016, 2016, 2017. Keep the media narrative looking somewhere, anywhere, other than directly at the epicenter of the issues. In this way, Mueller provides distraction and talking points against the Trump administration.
♦(3) Use the investigation to suck-up, absorb, any damaging investigative material that might surface as a result of tangentially related inquiry. Example: control the exposure of evidence against classified leak participants like SSCI Director of Security, James Wolfe. In this way Mueller provides cover for the institutions and the administrative state. (my link)
♦(4) Use the authority within the investigation, and the control parameters therein, to keep those involved in the original conspiracy informed about any evidence against them.