Two really ethically corrupted “top cops,” Robert Mueller who headed up the FBI from 2001 through 2013 and is currently the Special Counsel overseeing the so-called “Russian” collusion investigations, and his friend and colleague of many years, James Comey, who succeeded Mr. Mueller as FBI Director until he was fired for cause by President Trump, have done inestimable damage to the FBI and the Department of Justice.
Worse is what they have done, and are doing, to the perception of justice on the part of the American public. They are further tearing apart respect for the rule of law, reinforcing the view of the average citizen that there are suggestions for Washington’s ruling class – and laws for everyone else.
They matter, you don’t.
Mr. Mueller and his demonstrably left-wing legal team are in reality the forward scouts in the all-out war to remove Donald J. Trump from office by any means available.
In their enthusiasm, they have directly attacked the Office of the Presidency in such a calculated, coordinated and destructive manner that it is hard to see how there will not be lasting consequences for subsequent presidents.
Having written about the “Russia” investigations, and both Mr. Comey and Mr. Mueller for the past year (read here, here, here and here) I am struck only by the fact that after untold millions of dollars spent by the FBI and other agencies, the Congress, and the bottomless pit of money Mr. Mueller draws from, we know little if anything about the President or his campaign organization that we didn’t already know in February.
It was as obvious then as it is obvious now that the Russian collusion fantasy was invented out of whole cloth as a weapon to force President Trump to resign. There simply is no evidence, even circumstantial, that the Trump campaign or the President himself had any improper interaction with those pesky Ruskies. Period.
What is abundantly clear, however, is that Mr. Mueller, Mr. Comey, Hillary Clinton, and a troupe of their associates cast a dark shadow over Lady Justice. They, unlike President Trump, actually did break the law, skirt the law, and lie repeatedly to the American public. And they’re still doing so.
There is no need to re-plow the field of evidence already in the public domain. By now it is just a tedious recital of both Mr. Mueller and Mr. Comey in succession deliberately turning a blind eye to massive law breaking by both the Obama Administration and then Secretary of State Clinton. From uranium sales, pay-to-play schemes, flagrant violations of the Espionage Act, a secret meeting on an airport tarmac between the investigated and investigator, falsifying FISA requests, unmasking U.S. citizens in intelligence documents, ease dropping on private citizens, helping pay for and promote a completely fabricated dossier, and passing privileged communications to the press – to name but a few.
From the available public information, it is obvious that Mr. Mueller followed by Mr. Comey, in cahoots with former Attorney’s General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, have thoroughly politicized the FBI and the Department of Justice (while the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the former Director of CIA Director, John Brennan, simultaneously politicized the Intelligence system).
The real question now is how to un-ring the struck bell.
It is a dangerous place for the nation. A radicalized press corps and corporate media complex, egged on and funded by the politically fanatical new robber barons of high tech, have presumed for themselves the role of the legitimate governing coalition, directing and prompting the politicians they pay for and control, who act more as stage props than elected leaders.
The dysfunctional Republican Party in turn has demonstrated a greater willingness to indulge the “investigations to nowhere” in a vain attempt to curry favor with the rabidly sick media and pop culture, than to do the job the American people hired them to do. And no small part of them want to see this President and his agenda fail.
It’s the worst of both worlds. Instead of pulling the plug on the investigations and defunding the Mueller expedition, the Republicans will pretend to be outraged, but do nothing. And at the end of the day you have to believe that no one, still, will spend a day in jail. In fact, just the opposite. The bad guys, and there are a lot of them in this drama, will skate trough and be considered heroes inside the Capital Beltway.
The added tragedy for the country is that serious business sits unattended.
Obamacare remains an Albatross around the economy’s neck, and it seems clear that Congress, even if they finally act, has no intention of divesting Washington’s control over healthcare, and turning to genuine free market solutions that serve families and their individual needs, instead of tens of thousands of bureaucrats.
The destructive, job killing tax system that encourages business formation virtually anywhere but in the U.S., sits in the middle of the Congress as powerful interest groups jockey for position. It is not lost on many voters that so far the discussion of tax cuts from both major parties have been “how to pay for them” as though it was Washington’s money to begin with, and there has been zero conversation about massively cutting the waste in Washington, including shutting down redundant, useless agencies.
The average voter knows that if tax reform does pass, their cynicism of the motives of politicians will likely be rewarded.
The immigration system is a disaster, as the nation learned once again on Halloween. The vast majority of citizens want massive change. They want the borders controlled, the numbers of legal immigrants cut and assimilation required. Americans just want neighbors who want to be Americans too. How hard is that? Evidently really hard if you’re in Congress.
Can any of this happen in the poisoned atmosphere of the new Washington, a capital so isolated from its citizens that it laughs and mocks at the promises it made to them to win elections, and rejects – or worse – the President they sent to drain the swamp?
About the only thing we can be sure of at the moment is that the consequences of failure are not going to be pretty.