I know I’m late to the party—the Mueller Report came out months ago. And I missed Bob Mueller’s public testimony on the report because I was pedaling a bicycle across Iowa.
But, early in the RAGBRAI ride, on Sunday night, I finished it—I am one of those American citizens who has taken the time to read the redacted Mueller Report.
And Trump and his “best” people are dirty—filthy, filthy dirty. They make the dark Clinton camp look like angels.
Trump’s associates repeatedly tried to get dirt from Russia in order to beat an American political enemy. They didn’t legally conspire, mostly because they were too clueless to violate American election law, which requires the violator know that they are violating the law.
The report states: “The Office ultimately concluded that, even if the principal legal questions were resolved favorably to the government, a prosecution would encounter difficulties proving that Campaign officials or individuals connected to the Campaign willfully violated the law.”
The other elements of the crime are not difficult to show—but there was technically no crime only because prosecutors could not establish that Jared, Donald, Don Jr., etc., have any clear understanding of federal election law.
In other words, they are protected by the brain bone spurs. They could not have done it because they were too ill-informed to do it.
Let’s not forget that the investigation did result in many guilty please and prison sentences, even if Mueller concluded he could not indict a sitting president.
The real chilling part of volume one of the report, however, is the main point that is not talked about—that Russia launched a well-orchestrated cyber campaign to corrupt the American election. We can argue from here to eternity whether that flipped Michigan and Pennsylvania and Florida and gave Trump the presidency—but we know for sure that the Russians are coming. They are already sticking their cyber tentacles into our vast and leaky state-run election systems to influence the next campaign.
And Trump is such a cry baby that he insists he won a great victory on his own, and his party and administration refuse to take action to secure our elections. Democracy is endangered not by whether Trump was aided by Russian disinformation—after all, American idiots are perfectly capable, on both the left and right, of spreading garbage online—but by Russian hacking.
Volume one lays out in excruciating detail that we were attacked by a foreign power in 2016, and we already know it’s underway again in the 2020 campaign. Shouldn’t someone who is upholding our Constitution do something?
America, our democratic republic is on fire, and the firefighters are too busy bullying each other to get organized and do something about it. I would even buy into a grand compromise that put GOP minds at ease over their fake nightmare of voter fraud–tackle both problems. Even if fraud is not real, the appearance that fraud is possible is not acceptable, either.
Volume two is more personal to Trump, and more damning. He is a crook, repeatedly and clearly a crook. He did everything he could to try to obstruct a legal investigation, and still mocks it as a “witch hunt” even as he continues his black-magic verbal gas-lighting.
Trump depends on noise and amnesia. When the investigation was going on, it was a “witch hunt.” When Trump’s toady, Attorney Gen. William Barr, released a slanted summary that seemed to exonerate Trump, suddenly, for about 24 hours, Donald loved Bob.
It was bound not to last, this immature crush. Bob’s not a bloody dictator, and poor Don has a way of picking boyfriends poorly.
It seems clear that the law allows a special prosecutor to investigate obstruction of their own investigation—so labeling the second half of the volume “political” or “illegal” is the Trump team being unable to counter the facts. The president lied, tried to get a long-time Republican respected prosecutor fired and otherwise sought to constantly change testimony by witnesses in his favor.
I don’t know if any of that was clarified by Mueller’s testimony—I suspect not. But he has always said his main points are in the report.
I read it. I don’t understand how anybody could read it and think Donald Trump should continue as president. He is manifestly unfit.
But more than that, again, the larger point is that the election of 2020 is already at risk. And Republicans reject the notion that they need to do anything about it, because these fire fighters are fine with fire, as long as they think they are not the ones getting burned.
Trying to fix our fractured politics was hard enough before Donald Trump. It is not getting any easier. Between Trump and Mueller, if you’re trusting Trump, I don’t want you making any hiring decisions for me.
Because you’re backing the crook.