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Mueller Investigation Done – But Expect Legal Fireworks

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Yogi Berra famously quipped “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has closed his 22-month Russia Investigation, no further indictments. The long nightmare is over, right?  Do not count on it.  National Democrat leaders – and the media – are upset.   

Democrats are in political disarray, showing signs of emotional distress.  This was not the ending they wanted.  The Mueller investigation was supposed to prove collusion, obstruction, “high crimes and misdemeanors,” impeachment, delegitimize Trump’s win, vindicate them.  None of that happened.

The disappointment is palpable, cymbals crashing – but no sound.  House Intelligence Committee chair and visceral anti-Trump critic Adam Schiff (D-CA) finds it unfathomable.  Despite Mueller and Barr following the law, Schiff swears to stop them from trying to “bury any part of this report” and vows he will “take it to court.”  No doubt, he will.

Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) offered this tweet:

Surely, Cummings will deploy subpoena power.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will not take any “highly classified” briefing – if one is offered – on this report, wants it all released – presumably along with classified material, private information, names, witnesses, testimony of innocents, anything that will serve as fodder for 2020.  Ditto Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who says releasing the “full report” is “imperative.” 

Many media outlets are on the same track. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews fumes no criminal charges are falling on President Trump or “henchmen,” asking “how could this happen?”  HBO’s Bill Maher declares “I don’t need the Mueller report to know he’s a traitor,” and CNN’s Jim Acosta complains the White House is filled with “glee” – not so much Acosta.

Watch closely.  This is not over.  Democrats will probably demand release of the un-redacted Mueller report, just to see what is in it – although with no legal right to see it.  They may cherry-pick that document for some vindication of their anti-Trump stance.  What else can they do?

They are likely to then seek grand jury testimony and documents, despite the Constitution’s reliance on grand juries and a clear legal tradition of preserving secrecy.  They will push more partisan hearings on Russia collusion, even after two-years and $30 million of Mueller. 

They can be expected to go to court for the secret grand jury material, despite the profound wrongness of that move.  They would – in that case – be willing to unravel America’s grand jury process for their immediate political purposes.  The goal would be a fishing expedition. 

Of course, they will fret, fume and claim congressional oversight requires piercing grand jury secrecy, despite 230 years of contrary history, privacy rights of witnesses and jurors, prerogatives of the Justice Department and Separation of Powers.  What else can they do?

They can ask a judge to put aside Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), which says we “must not disclose a matter occurring before the grand jury.” Likely, they will argue that Congress is special, that these are “special circumstances.”  They will then claim that their congressional hearings are “judicial proceedings,” in order to slide into a formal exception to the rule.  Only, congressional hearings are not “judicial proceedings.”  In fact, there are no articles of impeachment (the only adjudicative role Congress has under the Constitution), no basis for them, and Separation of Powers distinguishes congressional from judicial actions.

Next, they will probably try a clever slight-of-hand.  Grand jury secrecy is challenged on the basis of a suspicious indictment.  Here, there is no new indictment.  In fact, we have the reverse – nothing.  Congress wanted what Mueller denied them, a basis for impeachment.  But they will probably still try to breach the secrecy of the grand jury.

Congressional Democrats may even jump the wire, ignore prevailing law.  They may try redefining grand jury “matters” to be, say, just testimony.  Then they will go after documents, witnesses, juror identities, targets, subjects, dates, and names.  Just watch.  In short, for national Democrats, all the chips were on this square.  There is too much at stake, too many egos in play, to simply accept the Mueller Report and move on.

Failing their assertions of oversight, statutory exception, slight-of-hand and term redefinition, Democrats will look for a sympathetic DC federal judge.  They will want one willing to make-up an exception for them.  Interestingly, a case is before the DC Court of Appeals right now which involves piercing grand jury secrecy – for matters decades old now.  Even there, recent oral arguments seem to tip away from the position Democrats want – so the appellate route would probably box them out, even before they got to the Supreme Court.

In the end, Democrats are furious, fixated and flummoxed.  This was not the unhappy ending they wanted.  Count on attempts to subpoena grand jury witnesses – notably, despite clear laws saying grand jury witnesses are not “compelled to disclose information … in separate proceedings,” even if the subpoenas come from Congress.

As the non-partisan Congressional Research Service has observed:  “Although Congress’s powers to obtain information for legitimate legislative purposes is broad, it is not limitless.” So, if the Democrats were smart – they would pivot away from Russia and over to issues. Average Americans crave normalcy – and deserve more of it.  To paraphrase Yogi:  It ain’t over, but it certainly should be.


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Todd Wingard Taylor
3 years ago

This investigation was a big “nothing burger” to quote Hillary Clinton. It is would be correct to have the $25 million spend on this witch hunt, by the Democrats, paid back to the American tax payer.

Lee McQuillen
3 years ago

If they should be able to open up the grand jury proceedings no one will ever testify before any grand jury again. It would be setting a very bad precedent!

jlc
3 years ago

such a waste…..

Dan
3 years ago

First, the democrats will not be happy until Trump is impeached. No matter that he has done nothing to warrant impeachment. The democrats absolutely demand their way. As a result, perhaps the President should consider charges against the democrats for sedition and/or treason.

Bob K
3 years ago

Things might get worse if the Dems do let this go. They want Trump discredited. As appeared in a Doug Casey report, since the Mueller investigation didn’t do it, the next option is to play the Hoover card. Burst the credit bubble, create a stock market crash followed by a ‘greater’ depression and blame it all on Trump. Shantytowns of homeless won’t be called Hoovervilles, they’ll be called Trump Towers. There are many parallels between Hoover and Trump. After they succeeded in blaming Hoover for the Great Depression, it took 20 years before another Republican was elected President.

Rick
3 years ago

The “dimocraps” have no agenda except impeaching President Trump. Next, they are going
to demonstrate that there is no low, that is to low for them to stoop to, in their quest to
regain power. They must be soundly defeated in 2020!!!!!

Todd Wingard Taylor
3 years ago

Democrats need to stop beating a dead horse and move on. They need to do what is good for the Nation; have they forgotten they represent the people. Nothing they have done the past few years has helped the very people they are called to serve. Trump is Presidents lets move on.

SAN
3 years ago

Excerpt …WSJ 3/24/19 article “Robert Mueller Has a Money Problem’ (by Daniel Huff is a former counsel to the House and Senate judiciary committees)) reveals a “defect in how his investigation was funded. Unless Congress fixes it, any prosecution by Mr. Mueller’s office may be invalid”. Apparently a fund was established in 1987 to pay “independent counsels”, which does NOT include Mr. Mueller’s “special counsel” appears (independent and special are NOT interchangeable)…..”Thus the independent-counsel fund shouldn’t be covering Mr. Mueller’s investigation.” Absent a legislative cure for this problem, his targets may have the ultimate trump card.” I’ll be curious to see what “loophole” Congress comes up with to make it work in the Dems/Libs favor.

Thomas H
3 years ago

This will never end until the (d)s bring down our country.

David G. Reis Sr.
3 years ago

The Demoncraps are a bunch of CRAZIES. Mueller Was there Masia while the investigation was going on but when they didn’t get the results they wanted, they turned on Mueller like a bunch of wolves going for a piece of meat. SHAME ON THEM.

Keith
3 years ago

Just think if we started investigating ALL democrats & all of the lame stream media for ALL the ILLEGAL things that they have done over the last 12 – 15 years. Wouldn’t be many dumbocraps left in office……….

Diane
3 years ago

President Trump was so clever to speak well of Mueller recently. Maybe that will be the last straw and the dems will go after Mueller as they vent their fury. They will continue to attack President Trump, of course, but it will be interesting to see how well Mueller can handle it.

Chic R.
3 years ago

I wonder how transparent the Liberal Democrats would be it this whole thing was about Obama….which it should have been years ago…..now lets see if the RIno’s in Congress will go after all those that started this entire mess…I doubt it.

They should have the ones that started this mess (Hilary and members of the FBI paying for this investigation and not the American people…! I say we need to instruct the Attorney General to start an investigation on all of them and an even stronger investigation on all those connected with the communist party and who’s election campaigns were supported by the communist party, investigated and brought to justice….RIGHT… that will be the day!

Each News paper, radio and TV station should make a public apology to the President, his family, and all those who have suffered at the lying hands of Hillary and her followers. That would also include members of Congress.

Hdrydr
3 years ago

The mueller investigation proved Trump did not collide with the Russians. However, while that “dog and pony show” was going on, evidence was discovered that showed that Hillary clinton and members of the mueller investigation had colluded with the Russians. (Ever heard of the Uranium One scandal?). A 10th of America’s uranium supply was sold to Russia. Who was the “bag man”? None other that Bobby Mueller!!! Why aren’t the perpetrators of this CRIME in jail for TREASON and SEDITION? THAT is a CRIME worth investigating along with the perpetration of an attempted coup against a sitting president!!! All that needs to happen is for one of the co-conspirators to spill their guts for a reduced sentence and the rest of the TRAITORS would be thrown into jail.

PaulE
3 years ago

1) There was never any collusion between Trump, his campaign and the Russians. It was always pure fiction being pushed by the Democrats and the MSM to both try and undermine the Trump administration and explain away Hillary’s loss. So unless Mueller was willing to open himself up to numerous legal violations of the law that would be punishable by substantial prison time, in order to fabricate non-existence evidence to support the phony Democrat narrative, finding Trump and his administration completely innocent of “Russian collusion” was a foregone conclusion. We just spent $35 million taxpayer dollars and almost 2 years of wasted time putting up with this nonsense to pacify the Democrats for nothing.

2) The only real collusion with the Russians was between the Clinton campaign, the DNC and the various people they hired to fabricate a phony dossier and engage Russian operatives in the creation of it. That of course was never investigated by the Mueller probe, because 14 or the 19 lawyers Mueller selected for this Special Council witch hunt were all either lifetime Clinton supporters or long time Democrat operatives with deep ties to the DNC. So this entire effort was not about “Russian collusion”, but rather an organized attempt to unseat a President duly elected by the people because the administrative state preferred his opponent.

3) The GOP and A.G. Barr should NOT be content to simply cheer that Mueller wasn’t willing to lie and that he ended up providing a report that rightfully cleared the President of these bogus claims. The GOP and A.G. Barr need to hold ALL the people who participated in this attempted coup against the President fully accountable for their actions. That means folks like Comey, McCabe, Strok, Page, Brennen, etc. all have to be fully investigated for their part in this conspiracy, arrested where possible and then tried for their illegal actions against the President and the American people. Everything from obtaining illegal wire taps and surveillance to obtaining FISA warrants under false pretenses is on the table. As is a real investigation the Hillary Campaign, the DNC, their third-party firms they funneled $12 million dollars through to create the phony dossier and all their foreign contacts both in the U.K. and in Russia.

Everyone associated with this fiasco needs to be held accountable and brought to justice. The GOP should NOT, I repeat NOT, settle for simply cheering that Mueller concluded that Trump did not do what the Democrats claimed. That would be letting ALL the guilty parties both in the administrative state and the Hillary campaign and DNC off the hook. The GOP needs to demonstrate to everyone that there are real consequences to trying to unseat a President on made-up nonsense and reams of illegal activity. Anything short of that is simply proving the old saying that the MSM has for the Republican Party being the stupid party.

Momcat
3 years ago

I’d like to see the unredacted Slush Fund list.

Carrie P. Teague
3 years ago

Now it is time to turn back the clock and investigate Mueller, Rosenstein, and all the democrats that are involved in this mess. They need to resign it is obvious they have nothing else to do so why are they in Washington? I am so very tired of them whining and spewing their hate for our President. Let’s get with it folks and demand what needs to be done. Why is Hillary, Obama and all of their democrat friends that are pushing this nonsense not in prison? Oh and one more thing why has nothing been done about Obamas friend George Soros? I never thought I would see the day that there our government would have so many corrupt people in it and they all seem to be rich, where are they getting the money? Answers and actions please.

Rob
3 years ago

Trump should pardon all of Mueller’s victims, release all the documents (including the classified collusion crap and FISA warrants), and close the US Mexico border. NOW.

PapaGrouch
3 years ago

A couple things: “National Democratic leaders….” Good one!!: Triple oxymoron! Second: Schumer is NOT the Senate Majority Leader, he is the MINORITY leader. Not quite, Chucky. Now, slither back to your pit. DNC owes the American taxpayers (that is: those of us who work and pay taxes, not the democrat constituency, Hollyweird and MSM excepted) $30,000,000+ whatever it cost us. Cummings, well, he’s just an idiot. “Transparency is the foundation of our Democracy….” “Transparency” is a word that never even existed in daily speak until the Marxists wrecked that term, too, in the 2008 elections, right along with “celebrate diversity,” and “creating awareness…..” and the rest of their tripe. Hey Cummings, Constitutional Freedom is the foundation of our Republic. And Pelosi, diddling around in little circles, demanding the release of a classified briefing, with names and witnesses and all what else. And yet, it was Pelosi who trilled that Obamacare, must first be signed into law so that we can all find out what it says. Uh-huh. And then the MSM, with their “reporting,” of the findings. Calling President Trump a traitor and the White House is filled with glee. Now, THAT is sure some kind of objective news reporting, isn’t it? These slime are the best! …as slime goes, I mean. Spawns of Satan all.
Pray, everyone. Pray a lot.
MAGA/KAGA!
(…cool. A new term that isn’t politically correct: “MAGAKAGA!!”)

Jo Strevel
3 years ago

Why are the Democrats using all the resources, and money to continue these probes into the 2016 elections when it has already been proven some of the Democrats had a hand in tampering. Why aren’t they doing some productive work and trying to get the country unified instead of tearing it apart? Enough is enough, when the Democrats won, you might have heard the Republicans grumble and there might have been some “righteous” discourse about certain issues, but we got over it. I pray everyone pays attention to what is going on and sees how juvenile some of the actions that are going on are. People aren’t being paid for the witch hunts, get off your brooms and do what you were elected to do, serve the people not your injured feelings because you didn’t get your person in office!

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