Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law
Well, my friends, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr and it is flopping around like a mackerel on a hot sidewalk.The full report has not been released to the public but Attorney General Barr has provided a summary of the Special Counsel’s most important conclusions.
Before we turn to the conclusions, let’s remind ourselves that the Special Counsel was charged with investigating the Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and any other matter that arose directly from such primary investigation. To that end, the Special Counsel indicted twenty-five (25) Russian operatives and social media experts for interference in the 2016 election. Furthermore, his efforts in this direction served to focus attention on the actual, real threat to our Nation, a threat that continues to this day.
CONCLUSION NO. 1 – NO COLLUSION!
The Special Counsel ‘”did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 United States presidential election.”
Not Manafort, or Donald, Jr., or Jared, or Flynn, or Gates, etc. Or the President himself. Apparently the 100+ contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians did not rise to the level of coordination or conspiracy. (Notice the absence of the word “collusion”, which is not a legal term of art.)
CONCLUSION NO. 2 – OBSTRUCTION
The Special Counsel “did not draw a conclusion – one way or another – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction … evidence developed during the investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice offense…”
While the Special Counsel did not find evidence of obstruction of justice on the part of the President, this conclusion certainly leaves the door open for another prosecutorial agency like the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York or the House of Representatives, to pursue any potential obstruction of justice.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
The President has proclaimed the Special Counsel’s investigation a “witch hunt” from Day One, and he is entitled to feel victorious and vindicated. I am certain the outcome will solidify the President’s base support and possibly bring in a few that were on the fence. To the extent he was distracted by the investigation, the President can now turn his full attention to the nation’s business. His re-election odds just went up a lot.
The Special Counsel’s conclusions are a body blow to the Democrats, especially those focused on impeachment. Undoubtedly they will continue their investigations into the various issues such as the Moscow Tower, security clearances, tax returns, etc. in an effort to find something that they can tout as disqualifying. Good Luck with that.
I personally am thrilled it is largely over. Mr. Mueller conducted his investigation professionally and thoroughly within the bounds of the law and his assignment. I applaud him for his service.
Can we now hope that Congress and the Executive Branch will turn their attention back to the needs of the Nation?