If you thought even for a second that Robert Mueller’s full and complete exoneration of President Donald Trump would convince House Democrats to use their majority for something wiser than two more years of meaningless harassment, Rep. Jerry Nadler put those thoughts to bed with a tweetstorm on Sunday. The House Judiciary Chairman, Nadler demonstrated to the world that he doesn’t care WHAT the Mueller report says about Trump, he’s going to keep investigating until the wheels fall off the D.C. bus.
Which, frankly, may happen at any time.
“Barr says that the President may have acted to obstruct justice, but that for an obstruction conviction, ‘the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct,’ Nadler tweeted shortly after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Mueller’s findings.
This of course is already a distortion of the facts, seeing as how Barr said no such thing. Indeed, Barr’s exact words were: “In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct.”
So right off the bat, Nadler is lying. Not a great omen for the next two years.
“But Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the President, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts,” Nadler continued.
Nadler is referring to the obstruction charge again. He doesn’t point that out with any specificity for obvious reasons. Mueller indeed declined to reach a definitive conclusion as it pertains to obstruction, leaving it to the Justice Department to determine. He could only say that he did not find proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which is essentially to say that only a fool would go forward with prosecution.
On collusion – the major reason for Mueller’s investigation to exist in the first place – the special counsel was much more clear about his conclusions. And yes, Trump was “clearly and explicitly” exonerated in terms of collusion. No American, said Mueller, collaborated or conspired with the Russians to carry out the DNC hacking crimes that formed the backbone of the election meddling. Not Trump, not Don Jr., not Paul Manafort, not Chris Crispington of Warm Vomit, Idaho. No one.
It was all a hoax from day one.
“In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future,” Nadler concluded.
There were no discrepancies. Mueller reached no conclusion as to obstruction, instead leaving it to the AG. The AG determined that there was not enough evidence to constitute a crime. Would Nadler be complaining about discrepancies if Barr had decided that Trump HAD committed obstruction? Of course not. The only discrepancy is between the outcome Nadler was hoping for and the one the Justice Department arrived at.
This was probably inevitable. The Democrats have too much of their “integrity” (a word we use loosely) wrapped up in making the public believe that the president is a Russian spy. To have that narrative fall apart would unravel their entire 2020 plan, if not invalidate the results of the 2018 midterms. They have to keep pretending as though there might be some there, there.
At least now any halfway-coherent voter has to understand what they’re really up to.