Guest Opinion

Like the Snake he Is, Mueller Wriggles Out From Between a Rock and a Hard Place
 The Predicament Was Not Lost On Mueller's Right Hand Man, Andrew Weissman: Manufacturing a Crime On the President Would Not Be Tolerated Neither By SCOTUS Nor Much Of the Public
 
By: Perry Hicks, Private Investigator (Retired) Senior Writer GCN   5/31/19
 
“Big Case, Big Problem; Small Case, Small Problem; No Case, No Problem.”- Retired Federal Agent

On Wednesday, May 29th, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a news conference where he stated DOJ's long standing opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted, then admitted that he could not prove President Trump had committed a crime, but unprecedentedly went on to announce that neither could he exonerate him.
 
Huh? After 18 months time of hand picked Hillary supporters and millions of dollars expended in the effort to get Trump, Mueller could not prove a crime had been committed but yet he is going to cling to the notion that Trump cannot be exonerated? What the.....

                               (Robert Mueller - Right)

Be mindful that Mueller's right hand man on this team is Andrew Weissmann, an infamous US Attorney known for his win-at-all-cost tactics that gave him a reputation for overturned cases and charges of manufacturing crimes.
 
And Weissmann couldn't concoct any better narrative against the president other than “we can't exonerate.”
 
What happened?
 
Mueller Has No Appetite for Rump Roast, Particularly If It Is His
 
Given America's near 50-50 split along political lines, stats point to the general public's lack of enthusiasm for impeaching the president. Moreover, an attempt to criminalize Trump would lead to an open court battle where even more attempted coup details would be exposed- potentially a trail of law breaking traveling from former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director John Brennan, and former DIA chief, James Clapper, all the way back to Obama's White House. As it is, Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the investigators has a high potential for criminalizing such individuals as Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Comey himself. Fraud committed on the FISA courts resulting in surveillance warrants to spy on the Trump campaign will surely ensnare more Obama officials.
 
The dangers for Mueller treating the president like former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, whose conviction was overturned by SCOTUS with a stinging rebuke to the original trial judge, James Spencer, is great. Furthermore, with William Barr on the hunt for official wrongdoing, Mueller cannot afford to be publically humiliated. It's bad enough that Comey has stated both publically and in writing that he released classified information to the media for the express purpose of triggering the appointment of a special prosecutor. Mueller is Comey's long time friend deeply conflicting the investigation.
 
Fruitcake Legal Theories
 
Mueller's, or should we say Andrew Weissman's, legal theory is that a Constitutional prerogative- a duty even- can be construed as a “crime” based upon the president's political opponents hating him. This would of course paralyze government as future as well as past presidents could be subject to prosecution for any of their actions in the course of executing their office. Does anyone remember Operation Fast & Furious?  How about Benghazi?
 
How about former president Bill Clinton meeting with Obama's attorney general and then the very next day James Comey announces that “no credible prosecutor” would persue Hillary Clinton over her maintaining a private email server on which she conducted government business and not only kept classified documents on it, but indiscriminately distributed said documents, as well. Comey based his reasoning on Hillary's presumed “intent.”
 
Comey's statement “exonerating her” of multiple felonies was drafted without the FBI having even conducted an interview with her. Numerous devices as well as server hard drives were destroyed by her IT staff. She also accessed her personal email server over Russian infrastructure while visiting St. Petersburg in 2012. That access surely exposed her servers and every one of her correspondents to Russian intelligence.
 
Thus, on multiple levels Mueller could not afford to accuse Trump of crimes that he did not commit. The best he could do was to try to taint Trump with innuendo and leave further political action to congress.