I’m sure all of you know what has been going on in regards to the Mueller probe and supposed “Russian collusion” by President Trump. I’m just going to share my thoughts on the matter in case anyone is wondering.
From the very beginning, I knew that there was no way that Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians in order to win the election against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump doesn’t strike me as an evil mastermind who is secretly running around behind the scenes meeting with foreign countries to steal an election. I mean, let’s be honest here. If Trump has a thought, he either tweets it or says it. I certainly wouldn’t trust him with a secret.
That was my thought from the very beginning of the Mueller investigation and I still hold to that. The only difference between then and now is that there’s actual evidence in a 448-page report that has all of the findings of Mueller and his team over the past 2 years of the investigation.
But before the full report even came out on April 18th, William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States, released a 4 page summary of the Mueller report on March 24th, in which he gave the main findings of the full report. The findings of the report are what most Americans expected:
That pretty much encapsulates it. Barr stated that the investigation had been conducted thoroughly, saying “In the report, the Special Counsel noted that, in completing his investigation, he employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.” I would say that’s pretty thorough. Barr later says that the report does not recommend any further indictments.
Detailing the collusion side of things, Barr directly quoted the Mueller report itself saying, “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” That seems pretty clear.
In regards to obstruction of justice, Barr says that the special council evaluated a “number of actions by the President” under Department of Justice standards and “did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction”. The Mueller report also says that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Of course, the media and the Democrats (one and the same) got wrapped up in the part where it says “it also does not exonerate him.” Of course they did. They will forego all the other evidence that says Trump is innocent and hang on to the one, broadly-worded phrase that really doesn’t mean anything in the end. Context is key, guys. The report literally says a couple words before that it “does not conclude that the President committed a crime.” It doesn’t take a law degree to understand that.
That is the hyper-condensed version of the Mueller report. No collusion, and not enough evidence to prosecute for obstruction of justice. Now we get to the good part of things. From the very beginning, I think most people who believed Trump was innocent knew that the Democrats wouldn’t accept the findings of the report if it came back against what they were hoping for, which was that Trump would be guilty of these things. Let that sink in for a second. The Democrats wanted and still want so badly Trump to be a Russian agent that they are still demanding more answers even though 400+ pages worth of answers are completely available to the public.
They demanded that William Barr testifies before Congress to prove that he was lying when he released his 4 page summary of the full report. Let’s be real here. There was no honest attempt to find the truth by doing this. The Democrats already had their minds made up before Barr even said anything. They were going to call him a liar no matter what he said. The only purpose to have him testify is give the Democratic presidential candidates a chance to virtue signal to their base how evil Republicans are and how much they lie, and also to make it look like they’re “owning” Barr when in reality, they’re just owning themselves. This is all a publicity stunt. Nothing more, nothing less.
Let’s talk more about how Democrats were saying that Barr lied when he released his summary of the full report. If that was actually the case, don’t you think Mueller would have come out and said something publically? After all, he did so when Buzzfeed made a false claim that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. If Mueller and his team, who had said hardly anything publicly about the report, said something when Buzzfeed, a garbage, lowly news outlet, published something false about his report, don’t you think he would publicly say something similar if the Attorney General of the United States summarized your report wrongly? It would seem so to me. But that’s not what happened. Well, sort of.
Instead what happened is that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr on March 27th complaining that the summary Barr released on the 24th “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,”. So this is what the timeline looks like this. On March 24th, Willaim Barr released his own 4 page summary of the Mueller report. A day later, the 25th, Robert Mueller sends the summary that the Special Counsel had prepared to Barr. Two days later, on the 27th, Mueller wrote another letter to Barr complaining about Barr’s summary. About three weeks later, on April 18th, the full report is released. Let’s talk about what Mueller means when he says the “context, nature, and substance” of his report.
What Mueller meant by Barr’s summary not capturing the “context, nature, and substance” is that Barr didn’t include any of the ugly details of Trump’s personal life that were outlined in Mueller’s report that had the potential to constitute obstruction, but Mueller chose not to recommend prosecution so Barr saw no need to include those details, as Ben Shapiro outlines. Plus, Barr knew that he was going to release the full report soon anyway, and that everyone would be able to read it for themselves.
Mueller also wrote in his complaint letter to Barr that there is now a lot of “public confusion” about critical parts of the report. Let’s be clear about one thing here, and that is that the confusion is Mueller’s own fault. He could have recommended prosecution for obstruction of justice for Trump. That’s why he was appointed. He wasn’t appointed to gather a bunch of evidence and that drop it in the lap of the attorney general and then say, “Here you go. You decide.” No. He was supposed to gather the evidence and if there was enough evidence, recommend prosecution. That’s not what he did. Instead, he caused confusion and uproar by making Barr take the fall, even though Barr did the right thing.
But of course, the media and Democrats (again, one and the same) jumped on this to push that Barr was lying even though they couldn’t point to anything specific he was lying about. Another thing that the media jumped on once they got ahold of it is a part of the full Mueller report where it talks about Trump’s reaction to a special counsel being appointed. Trump says, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f***ed,” Trump then asked his then attorney general, Jeff Session, how he could let this happen to him. “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels, it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me,”
But the media took this statement completely out of context (shocker) and honed in on the first part where Trump says “I’m f***ed” and it’s the end of his Presidency to suggest that this surely means that Trump knows he’s guilty of everything. He’s admitting guilt, don’t you see?! Again, for the second time, context is key. If you read only a little farther down in the report, Trump is not admitting guilt. He’s simply saying that if a president gets an independent counsel stuck on him, it’s hard to get things done because that’s all people tend to focus on, which has been exactly right in this case.
I believe that covers everything I was wanting to say on this matter. If you need to remember anything from this two-year long process, it should be that for two years and counting, the media and Democrats have lied and lied about “Trump collusion and obstruction.” Yet, even when the full report came out, Democrats and members of the media still clung to this bizarre notion even though the report says otherwise.
I’m fully convinced that these people will never move past the fact that Trump is the legitimate President of the United States. He didn’t collude, he didn’t obstruct. But they need something to rely on so that they can continue to make excuses for why they’re so terrible, no matter how untruthful it is.