Monday, March 25, 2019

Blumenthal, Mueller and Trump

“The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/ Gang aft a-gley” -- Robert Burns

We can no longer pretend, after the release of Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the findings of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation, that the more important findings mean nothing at all and may be safely ignored.

The leaders of what Victor David Hanson called back in February a “dead coup” will of course seek to minimize the import of the concluded investigation in their rush to continue their coup. However, without scouring the details of the investigation, two things are indisputable: 1) that Mueller’s two year probe is over —future indictments are not in the offing -- and 2) that Mueller did not cite anyone in the Trump administration, including the president himself, with conspiracy, a crime, or collusion with the Putin regime in Russia to win an election against then Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton.

Mueller’s two year investigation has been both exhaustive and exhausting. It unfolded under the dread suspicion, promoted by Democrats, that Trump would try to interfere with Mueller’s efforts, a suspicion that has proven to be a mole hill blown up to mountainous proportions by friends of Hillary Clinton such as Connecticut U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal.

Blumenthal’s affection for Bill and Hillary Clinton reaches all the way back to 1970, when he and the Clintons began their political romance at Yale. Blumenthal was a “strong supporter and surrogate for Hillary Clinton” when she ran for president in 2016, according to a report in CTMirror. Blumenthal said of Hillary that she was “very smart, serious and studious… I don’t think anyone thought she would become president. A Supreme Court justice or cabinet member seemed more likely.” Blumenthal was not alone in supposing that Hillary, the Lucretia Borgia of Democrat mainstream politics, would easily polish off Trump in the general election.

Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men are often torn asunder.

Following the closure of the Mueller investigation, reasonable people may conclude that Clinton’s presidential ambitions were not torn asunder by a Trump-Putin collusion. This is not to say that Putin and his operatives did not seek to “undermine faith in the U.S. election,” a pastime of Russian communists since the days of Joseph Stalin, who found a useful idiot in Henry Wallace, Franklin Roosevelt’s former Vice President, then the leader of the Progressive Party.  Wallace delighted Stalin when he argued in 1948 that “The bi-partisan Marshall Plan, under the guise of a ‘recovery’ program is actually the first step toward the formation of a Western military bloc aimed at Russia.” Truman’s Marshall Plan was designed to assist nations defeated in the war to recover from the battering. Stalin and Soviet Union facilitators, here in the United States and elsewhere, had plans to gobble up stricken nations and pull them into the post war Soviet orbit.

No opposition researcher within the Republican Party has yet accused Blumenthal of being a Putin stooge, but continuing Democrat Party opposition to a fairly won election has surely done more than Putin or his operatives to undermine the faith of Americans in their election process. The operative principle of the “never Trump” gang appears to be that highly speculative narratives may be, like some convincing fictions, more truthful than the truth. If the Democratic house, Lincoln’s house divided, must be burned to the ground to rout a rat and recover the US Senate and the presidential office, so be it. It is the shame of the nation that premier media institutions have agreed to reinforce a largely false Democrat narrative.

Perhaps the most damaging assertion to the never-Trumpers in the Mueller report is that Mueller, after a painstaking two year investigation, FOUND NO EVIDENCE of Trump/Russia collusion. This assertion puts a damper on the notion, now being peddled by the coupists and large-throated media outlets, that Mueller failed to indict Trump because he knew that presidents cannot be prosecuted while in office – when, in fact, Mueller found there was no “there” there. It is very doubtful that Blumenthal, an accomplished tale spinner and opo-research merchant, will find the nonexistent evidence of collusion by scrutinizing the Mueller report. It must be concocted and then spoon-fed to morning Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Two days before Barr advised interested parties that the Mueller investigation had been finished, Blumenthal was asked by Scarborough – who has simply forgotten how to ask hard questions – whether his  frequent guest knew when the report would be forthcoming. Blumenthal shrugged that no one knew the answer to that question. And a day after Barr released his summary of the Mueller investigation, Blumenthal was back at the same propaganda stand. “The public has a right to know all of the findings and evidence that resulted from this investigation,” said Blumenthal. “The public interest is paramount in disclosing not only conclusions, but the facts that led to them. There is no excuse for concealing any part of this report along with its findings and evidence – it would be tantamount to a cover-up.”

Actually, the US Attorney General is barred from releasing to Blumenthal grand jury testimony taken from innocent witnesses who have not been cited for crimes. Saint Blumenthal did not release such information when he was Attorney General of Connecticut pulling the wings off some business butterfly that had been reported to his office by Connecticut’s Consumer Protection Department. His challenge to Barr is an invitation to prison. And, in any case, the artful dodger has moved on to a more fertile field – Trump’s taxes. Conspiracy and collusion were useful foils while they lasted. Time to move on.    

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