According to sources in the Department of Justice, Robert Mueller has released his report to the Department of Justice in accordance to special prosecutor rules. The report went to Assistant Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who then carried it to Attorney General, William Barr’s office. Senior sources at DOJ have said that according to Mueller, he is not recommending any further indictments against any more individuals.
Now, you can take that, as the White House is taking it, to mean that Donald Trump isn’t going to be caught up in any web regarding Russian Collusion. It also should bring to a close a two year investigation that when through the FBI, the DOJ, and both the House and Senate regarding activities of the Republican’s campaign for the presidency in 2016. From day one, though there have been rumors circulating that there was a smoking gun somewhere that would implicate the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton, apparently, as I’ve said on these pages all along, no such animal exists.
Now, it’s up to AG Barr to determine what, if any of the report can be released to Congress and/or the public. And of course, Democrats, sensing that there is at least some meat on the bone have come together to demand the report’s release to the public to insure total transparency.
I’m pretty sure if Donald Trump and his team are half as smart as a tree stump, they probably also would like to see the report issued to the public. Because if there are no further indictments coming from DOJ, at least according to Mueller’s recommendations, then it would be foolish not to release the whole enchilada. And of course, Democrats could end up being on the short end of the stick if the report says after two years and tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money could have gone down the drain while they cried wolf.
Now, there were some folks caught up in this mess. 26 Russians and three Russian owned companies were charged with interfering in the election. Ah, but getting the Russians extradited to the United States wasn’t possible, and to date, those folks that were charged are still alive and well in Mother Russia!
None of the people associated with the Trump campaign were caught colluding with Russia. Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen have all been implicated in some crimes, mostly of lying to the FBI or providing false testimony. None of the charge had anything to do with the actual campaign as Democrats wrongly charged.
Alex van der Zwaan, a London-based attorney, was charged with making false statements, and a guy by the name of Richard Panedo from California was charged with identity fraud last year. Other than that, it’s been a bust of an investigation.
Barr has told both Senators Lindsay Graham and Diane Feinstein, the two ranking members on the Senate Judiciary Committee that they’d probably be hearing about the report from Barr sometime over the weekend. To date, Congress has not seen the report, and neither has the White House.
So we can pretty well close the chapter on this mess….well, at least unless and until Barr decides to release it to the public. Then, as was the case with Ken Starr back in the Clinton era, there’ll be this massive rush to the internet to download the report… and a massive sigh of frustration when people realize there isn’t anything there.
And that’s the way I said it would end up all along!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed…and so is Robert Mueller.