Well, if the Democrats were only interested in getting to the unvarnished truth, that is, justice untainted by partisan posturing and vitriol, we might agree—make the entire, unredacted report public. But, let’s get serious. Given the persistent and, we believe, politically motivated accusations of the Chairmen of the House Intelligence Committee (Adam Schiff D-CA.) and the House Judiciary Committee (Jerold Nadler D-NY), and the Trump resistance crowd that populates so much of the Democratic Party, we think handing over an unredacted copy of the Mueller Report would amount to little more than throwing red meat in the water to crazed sharks. Worse, it would almost certainly be a gross injustice to those individuals who Mueller investigated and decided not to charge.
The Democrats were counting on the Mueller Report and the spectacle of Trump colluding with the Russians to give them devastating ammunition and plenty of oxygen to see them through the 2020 election. The Mueller Report gave them neither. Nor did the Mueller Report give President Trump the clean bill of health he claims it did. It has, however, taken collusion with the Russians off the table. The sooner the Democrats accept that and stop trying to resurrect the Russian collusion issue the better. If they continue to double down on that issue, 2020 is almost certain to be a disaster for them. We recognize there may be other areas worthy of investigation. Trump’s rather bizarre relationship with Deutsche Bank before he became a candidate for President comes to mind.
As our readers know, we carry no brief for President Donald Trump. We also have lamented the Republican Party’s near total capitulation to the President at the expense of traditional Republican restraint (or at least a pretense of restraint) on runaway federal deficits and debt. We also think the Republicans’ call for Representative Schiff’s removal as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee was nothing more than gratuitous posturing for the media, accomplishing nothing more than giving Chairman Schiff the opportunity to, rather eloquently, air grievances against the President.
Now, Democrats are busy casting aspersions on the thoroughness of Mueller’s investigation. The Republicans, if they are smart, will just get out of the way and let the Democrats self-destruct.
Look, Robert Mueller is one of the most respected, accomplished, truly patriotic, straight-shooting prosecutors in America. Mueller investigated the Russian collusion issue for 675 days during which time he issued more than 2800 subpoenas and 500 search warrants, investigated 230 communications records, interrogated 500 witnesses and indicted thirty-four individuals including a gaggle of Russians and a number of former Trump acolytes and advisors (for felonies unrelated to collusion with the Russians). Some are in jail and others are on the way to jail. When Robert Mueller concludes that there was no evidence that President Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians, well then, the collusion highway is a road best not traveled if one wants to get to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
If the Democrats insist on investigating the investigation or investigating those already investigated, we suggest their committees pay the additional legal bills they impose on the witnesses who Mueller chose not to charge.
There is no reasonable argument to be made that Robert Mueller did not do his job thoroughly or professionally. No one credible has ever described Robert Mueller as being anything other than thorough and professional. Special Counsels have been appointed, from time to time, as far back as the Grant Administration. Their sole purpose is to assure that an investigation can be conducted without interference from within the Administration being investigated. It is to minimize political interference of an investigation and it has worked pretty well over the years. Mueller aggressively pursued every lead regarding the Russian collusion charge. That’s why President Trump complained so often about the Mueller investigation, and that’s why Special Counsel Mueller ignored the President’s complaints.
Robert Mueller has done his job and from what we can see, he has done it thoroughly and well. There are many legitimate issues the Democrats can tee up for the 2020 Presidential campaign. Trump’s supposed collusion with the Russians is not one of them. In their zeal to fall on the collusion sword, they are simply proving that Mark Twain was on to something when he famously wrote, “No Man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
Ms. Pelosi, Mr. McConnell, it’s time for your legislators to begin legislating and, finally, serving the interests of the people.