Special Counsel Mueller Speaks Publicly for First Time
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Mueller's Russiagate witch hunt was one of the most shameful chapters in US political history.
Congressional involvement in the sham continues. Release of his report in April and public comments Wednesday ended Mueller's mandate.
His remarks on Wednesday were brief, saying the following:
No evidence suggests Trump or his team colluded illegally or improperly with Russia.
No evidence of obstruction of justice exists. Mueller said "there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy," meaning nothing. If a conspiracy existed, indictments relating to it would have followed. None did.
Mueller spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time "because our investigation is complete," he said, adding:
"The attorney general has made the report on our investigation largely public." Mueller closed his office, resigned from the Justice Department, and returned to private life.
Beyond his brief nine-minute remarks, he wants the report to speak for itself. "We did not…make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime," he said: adding:
"(U)nder longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional."
It's for congressional members to deal with alleged presidential wrongdoing, not the special counsel.
"(W)e concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office's final position, and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president. "
Mueller repeated the long ago debunked Big Lie about Russian US election meddling that didn't happen. Not a shred of evidence suggests it because none exists.
He cited a phony grand jury indictment, falsely accusing Russia of "us(ing) sophisticated cyber-techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign," in Mueller's words, adding:
"They stole private information (sic) and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks (sic)" — bald-faced Big Lies neither Mueller, undemocratic Dems, Republicans, or establishment media will admit.
No evidence suggests the Russian Federation ever interfered in the US political process — what Washington has done against other nations scores of times, including against Russia.
Mueller wishes his Wednesday remarks to end his involvement in the probe, indicating that any further discussion "would not go beyond our report," including to Congress if asked to testify.
He ended his remarks without taking questions. House, Senate and Mueller probes never should have been initiated.
No Trump team collusion with Russia existed. No foreign country aided DJT's triumph over Hillary. DNC/Podesta emails were leaked by a Dem insider, not hacked by Russia, any other nation or individual. No evidence suggests otherwise.
Mueller's report stated the following:
"Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency (sic) and worked to secure that outcome (sic), and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts (sic), the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."
According to Common Cause, "(t)here is no federal law making collusion a crime." US law prohibits "the solicitation or receipt of a contribution from a foreign national" or government.
"Federal law prohibits candidates from cooperating or consulting with a foreign national (that) is spending money to influence a US election."
No evidence suggests Russia contributed to or in any way tried to influence the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election – or any other US elections.
No evidence suggests Trump and/or his team engaged in a conspiracy as defined in US law – meaning an agreement between two or more parties to commit an illegal act, along with intent to achieve a stated goal.
The Mueller report includes 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice by Trump and his campaign staff – short of accusing anyone of this crime because no credible evidence justifies pursuing obstruction of justice charges.
During the period of Mueller's probe, Trump didn't fire anyone, destroy evidence, or order a premature end to the investigation. Nor did he engage in obstructive actions.
He waived executive privilege, ordered his staff to cooperate with Mueller, and withheld no evidence.
There's plenty about him to criticize and hold him accountable for, notably his high crimes of war and against humanity, along with serving monied interests at the expense of the general welfare.
No evidence suggests he or his team engaged in collusion with Russia to triumph over Hillary or obstruct justice in this pursuit.
Mueller's indictment of 34 individuals had nothing to do with his mandate, nothing connected to phony allegations of possible Trump team/Russia collusion.
His report and Wednesday remarks should end this disturbing chapter in US political history but won't.
The politicized show will likely continue as long as Trump remains president. Dems intend using it for political advantage in the 2020 race for the White House.
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