Elder Patriot – Robert Mueller handed down a thirty-seven-page indictment against 13 Russian nations and 3 Russian entities. Mueller based his case on their attempt to influence the outcome of the presidential election specifically because:
- They were foreign citizens
- They were working to influence the election
- They never registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
- They never reported their income to the Federal Elections Commission
That can’t be good news for Christopher Steele, the author of the “salacious” dossier who’s assertions former FBI Director James Comey was never able to verify.
This suggests that an indictment of Steele should be the next shoe to drop:
- Steele is a foreign citizen
- Steele tried to influence the election
- Steele never registered under FARA
- Steele never reported his income to the Federal Elections Commission
Then there’s the fact that Steele lied to the FBI, not because he failed to remember certain details correctly as Michael Flynn was found guilty of doing, but in an intentional attempt to deceive his interviewer.
Steele’s involvement must implicate Fusion GPS as a criminal co-conspirator because Steele was contracted by Fusion GPS to develop the “dossier” for them:
- Fusion GPS knew Steele was a foreign citizen when it hired him
- Fusion GPS paid Steele for his dossier with the intentional of influencing the election
- Fusion GPS knew, or should’ve known that he never registered with FARA
- Fusion GPS never reported the income that it received from the DNC or the Clinton campaign to the Federal Elections Commission
This is where PerkinsCoie, the law firm that served as the conduit for payments to Fusion GPS enters the crosshairs:
- PerkinsCoie knew or should’ve known that Steele was a foreign citizen
- PerkinsCoie knew Steele’s dossier was intended to influence the election
- PerkinsCoie knew or should’ve Steele had never registered with FARA
- PerkinsCoie deliberately disguised payments from the Clinton campaign and the DNC as “expenses,” thereby bypassing reporting those payments to the Federal Elections Commission and essentially laundering it before passing it on to Fusion GPS.
Once the connection to PerkinsCoie has been established, the DNC cannot avoid scrutiny as criminal co-conspirators:
- The DNC knew Steele was a foreign citizen
- The DNC directed PerkinsCoie to pay Steele for the phony “dossier” with the sole intention to influence the election
- The DNC was obligated to know that Steele was not registered under FARA
- The DNC knew or should’ve known that neither its funding, nor the funding from the Clinton campaign to Fusion GPS was reported to the Federal Elections Commission.
The evidence suggests that the DNC and PerkinsCoie deliberately conspired to hide the DNC’s involvement making both part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the Federal Elections Commission and with the intention of illegally influencing the election’s outcome.
Finally, under the theory that Mueller indicted the Russians on, the Clinton campaign cannot escape a similar indictment:
- The Clinton campaign knew Steele was a foreign citizen
- The Clinton campaign directed PerkinsCoie to pay Steele for the phony “dossier” with the sole intention to influence the election
- The Clinton campaign was obligated to know that Steele was not registered under FARA
- The Clinton campaign deliberately conspired with PerkinsCoie to hide its payments to Fusion GPS in violation of the Federal Elections Commission rules
After making the cases for the indictments against Steele, Fusion GPS, PerkinsCoie, and the DNC it would be impossible to ignore the Clinton campaign’s part in the criminal conspiracy to defraud the Federal Elections Commission and intentionally and illegally influencing the election’s outcome.
After all, Hillary Clinton was the single beneficiary of the entire scheme.
Mueller’s theories are novel and based on two untested premises:
- That foreign citizens must be registered under FARA before offering an opinion during an U.S. election cycle
- That anyone who offers an opinion on an upcoming election must register with the Federal Elections Commission and list all of their sources of income and expenditures
Is Hollywood listening? What about so-called journalists? What about the Saudis who gave $20 million to Hillary’s campaign?
No one has to worry, though, because Mueller deliberately sought targets that will never test his theories. That is because they will never brought to any court of competent jurisdiction. Those charged will never be extradited from Russia.
Mueller needed something to save face and to justify continuing on with his witch-hunt. This may have bought him more time but it did nothing to enhance his credentials as a serious investigator.
(H/T) Dan Abrams