Ed. Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his “investigation” of collusion between President Trump and Russia in 2017. Since his appointment by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Mueller has taken his project to remove Donald Trump from the White House down any number of paths, none of them having to do with the actual purpose of the task itself–that is, demonstrating collusion!
As General Michael Flynn faces possible sentencing during the upcoming week for his non-role in the uninvestigated collusion scandal, I thought it wise to refresh everyone’s memory on the TRUE purpose of the independent council in this affair. After all, Robert Mueller has led the American people so far astray in his fruitless efforts to manufacture a crime—ANY crime–sufficiently heinous to remove Trump from power, it may serve interested parties to understand what this liberal Democrat’s job really was to begin with!
Author Scott Johnson begins the trip down memory lane in March of this year.
from Powerline of March 17th, 2018
by Scott Johnson
The Mueller project continues on its inevitable path, yet every day the synthetic Trump-Russia collusion scandal appears more absurd. It appears more absurd every day not only because of the absence of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but also because of the actions undertaken by the administration adverse to Russian national interests. The Frankenstein monster nevertheless lumbers on.
The Mueller project, not to put too fine a point on it, is to remove President Trump from office. Think of it as the Mueller switch project. You’d have to be a fool not to see it. Yet that is far from the only problem with it.
Special Counsel is not a creature of statue; his appointment and jurisdiction is governed by regulations promulgated by the Department of Justice. Unlike many regulations, these are relatively brief and to the point. They are accessible online here. Under the applicable regulation, Special Counsel may be appointed when the Attorney General or his surrogate “determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted,” and that the Justice Department’s handling of “that investigation or prosecution of that person or matter” in the normal course “would present a conflict of interest for the Department” (emphasis added).
In his capacity as Acting Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as Special Counsel. Rosenstein cited the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election as the matter to be investigated. Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller does not comport with the regulations; a counterintelligence investigation cannot form the basis of a matter to be investigated by Special Counsel.
As Andrew McCarthy has repeatedly observed, the FBI counterintelligence investigation doesn’t fall within the scope of the regulations: “a counterintelligence investigation is not a criminal investigation. There need be no suspicion of crime before a counterintelligence probe is commenced.”
Mueller’s appointment lacks a legal predicate. This failure is fundamental.
From it other failures have followed in undue process. McCarthy hands up a devastating indictment of Mueller’s conduct of the investigation and resulting charges in “Mueller’s Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards.”
These departures from law and practice cannot be justified by necessity or the supposed good works of Mueller’s probe. The Mueller investigation remains a continuing affront to due process. As I say, one would have to to be a fool not to see the object of Mueller’s probe. I am not an optimist by nature, but I think one would also have to be a fool to doubt that there will be a day of reckoning.