Elder Patriot – This is really strange. Exactly 10 months ago on May 17th, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel and his investigation has been floundering ever since.
He’s finally decided to look into the finances of the Trump Organization for evidence of collusion with Russia and has subpoenaed the real estate mogul’s financial records.
This raises a host of questions.
First, why didn’t Mueller simply ask to see all of the financial transactions between Trump and his umbrella organization from the onset? Wouldn’t that have made the most sense? Financial transactions virtually always provide a roadmap worth following.
The answer is simple. Mueller was appointed absent any evidence of an underlying crime. Under what pretext would Mueller be able to justify to a court gaining access to those records?
Second, why didn’t Mueller simply ask to see the records rather than subpoena them? As the New York Times wrote:
“The breadth of the subpoena was not clear, nor was it clear why Mr. Mueller issued it instead of simply asking for the documents from the company, an umbrella organization that oversees Mr. Trump’s business ventures.”
According to the Times, the subpoena officially requested all documents related to Russia and Russian nationals. That’s hardly a broad expansion of his investigation. In fact, it appears to indicate that Mueller is returning to his original charge and may be a sign that his often wide-ranging investigation has turned up nothing.
While some have concluded that Mueller’s move is further evidence his probe is nowhere near wrapping up and could drag on for months, and could possibly be used as a major political issue during the 2018 midterm elections, there are others who think this might be evidence that Mueller is up to something else.
Rush Limbaugh raised this question earlier this week:
“Is Mueller trying to prove that he is conducting a witch-hunt? What in the world does the Trump Organization have to do with the Trump campaign colluding with the Russian government?”
“ … the subpoenaing of documents from the Trump Organization is the first known time “of the special counsel demanding records directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president.”
Frankly, Mueller had gone so far overboard in expanding his investigation that it begs another question; has Mueller flipped and is he working with the Trump administration as part of a plea arrangement?
Imagine anyone on the other side of the aisle from Trump objecting to similar scrutiny at this point.
By subpoenaing the records of an institution associated with a president Mueller has broken new ground. And, now that the subpoena has been granted and Democrats are salivating over the prospects of finding some evidence of wrongdoing, there are no political obstacles preventing Session’s Justice Department from subpoenaing similar records from Hillary Clinton.
After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
Imagine the possibilities that no reasonable person could consider unfair investigative creep. That might include records from the Clinton Foundation or her personal tax returns and bank records, or any of her other financial transactions. This includes an exhaustive examination of her campaign finances that received foreign donations and that funded the disruption of Trump campaign rallies and corrupting the integrity of the vote.
Imagine the parade of criminals that could be called on to testify and no one would be able to cry political foul. Keep in mind that winning in a court of law isn’t even half the battle. Without approval from the unwashed masses, President Trump could be labeled a tyrant and not survive re-election.
And, without President Trump, no one would be remain with the cojones to continue draining the swamp.