Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

MUELLER REPORT, ETC.; 04/22/2019

My Muse has not been with me for some time. I believe she (or he) is so tired of the same old story lines re-packaged and re-hashed that a sabbatical was required.  However, some note of the end of the nearly two year Mueller investigation and subsequent report  is worthwhile.

Have I read the entire Mueller Report? N0. I may be a politics/news junkie but I do have a life. Thus, these comments are based on the excerpts I have read and some commentary by various and sundry self-proclaimed experts.

  1. Was it worth the $25 Million? Yes. After all, the Special Counsel indicted more than 30 Russian operatives, military officers, and entities for blatant interference in the 2016 Presidential election. Mr. Mueller, through his investigation and indictments, brought home the extent of the Russian interference more than any other person or organization.  And he also uncovered and prosecuted the crimes by Manafort, Cohen, et al.
  2. Does it lay to rest the allegations that the Trump campaign cozied up to, colluded with, conspired with, dated, the Russians to gain and advantage during the election? Legally, I think so. Politically, of course not. The Democrats, in their ceaseless search for electoral advantage, will re-investigate and spin every action, phone call, email, glance, thought, etc., discussed or hinted at in the Report. The Republicans, in turn, will thunder, point fingers, obstruct, spin back and do all to delay any investigation. End Result: NOTHING WILL GET DONE FOR US!!!
  3. Are there any land mines in the Report? Not directly, but Yes. From the Report, there are 12 sealed indictments for criminal conduct that have not been revealed. Those potential bombshell could  bring into the limelight and justice mis-deeds by other individuals or organizations. And we have no idea who or what. The two that we know about (not included in the 12 sealed indictments) are for Roger Stone and Daniel Craig, former White Counsel counsel. Be on the look-out for news on the Dirty Dozen.
  4. Does the Report make a case for Impeachment? No. Mr. Mueller did not make a judgment on whether or not the President committed acts that constitute obstruction of justice. He lists ten acts that could be obstruction of justice, such as firing Comey, but  makes no determination one way or another. Obstruction of justice certainly is a “high crime” in the legal sense. But, impeachment is fundamentally a political process. While the Democrats could vote articles of impeachment out of the House on a pure party vote, the Senate would never convict President Trump without unimaginable Republican defections.
  5. So, what is this amateur pundit’s conclusion from what he has gleaned from the Report? Simply, the Report reinforces the image of President Trump as a vulgar, crude, insecure, congenital liar bully who has no interest in governing beyond tweeting.  He is like the dog that, after chasing hundreds of cars, finally catches one and has no idea what do do with it.
  6. AMERICA BURNS WHILE CONGRESS DIDDLES.

STAY TUNED!

5 responses to “MUELLER REPORT, ETC.; 04/22/2019”

  1. Gerry Gentry says:

    I’ve read several articles written recently about the Mueller report. Yours is the most concise, thoughtful, and politically insightful analysis yet. Too bad the politicians aren’t listening.

  2. Zora says:

    Thanks, it’s quite informative

  3. DMC5 says:

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a great article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER; 04/01/2019

In an alternate universe, what I am writing might be taken as an April Fools Joke. But, it isn’t.   CRISIS ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER. Yes, there truly is a crisis on our Southern border. And the face of the crisis are asylum seekers, men, women and children fleeing their violence-ridden home countries for refuge… Continue Reading

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THE MUELLER REPORT; 03/24/2019

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… Continue Reading

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THE SOUTHERN BORDER; 03/11/2019

There is a crisis on our southern border. But, it is not what we think it is. Yes, there are people crossing our border in search of work and a better life. Some may not be nice people; some are smuggling drugs (although statistically most of the drugs come across at legitimate border crossings); many… Continue Reading

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RECENT ITEMS OF SOME INTEREST: 03/01/2019

COHEN TESTIMONY: Michael Cohen, the President’s former personal attorney and all-around fixer, testified before the House Government Oversight Committee his past week for some 8 1/2 hours. I was not able to watch it all but did see about 1 1/2 hours plus all the re-runs. The Republicans played the traditional defense counsel role, trying… Continue Reading

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY?; 02/18/2019

First of all, a brief primer on the National Emergency Act. Congress passed the National Emergency Act in 1976 in recognition of the perceived need for the President to have certain powers in the event of an emergency. The NEA terminated all previous national emergencies and formalized the process for the President to declare a… Continue Reading

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TO WALL, OR NOT TO WALL? IS THAT THE QUESTION?; 02/03/2019

To paraphrase from Laurel and Hardy, “This is a fine kettle of fish you have gotten me into!” President Trump and Speaker Pelosi have given a conference committee of Congressional appropriators until February 15th (effectively the 9th) to come up with a formula for funding the 25% of the government that was shutdown for 31… Continue Reading

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JUNIOR HI; 01/23/2019

  “Nancy:  Donnie, I am going to have a party at my House. Everyone will be there. It will be the greatest ever! Will you come? Donnie:   You mean Everyone? Even Chuckie and Steny and Elizabeth and EVERYONE? Of course, I will come to the party at your House. It will be HUUUUGE! Nancy:   Donnie,… Continue Reading

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TEXAS PUNDITRY; 01/22/2019

I believe most of you know I live in Texas. Right after the mid-term election in November, 2018, I ventured some thoughts on the national scene. Here are some observations about my home state For the last 40 years or so, Texas has been the bulwark of Republican presidential elections. You could put Texas in… Continue Reading

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INSTANT ANALYSIS: 01/08/2019

YAWN!! Reminds me of two bull mooses separated by an wall (get it) bugling and challenging each other with full knowledge that nothing was actually going to happen. President Trump attempted to make this a humanitarian, law and order crisis by citing horrible incidents of violence by persons here illegally, as if to say that… Continue Reading

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