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HORIST: Mueller failed to do his job

HORIST: Mueller failed to do his job

Robert Mueller just put the nation through a Kabuki Theater drama for almost two years.  He was more than willing to indict a bunch of Russians and Russian entities for meddling in our elections.  He was a strict prosecutor in charging a number of individuals with lying to investigators about their meetings with Russians – meetings that Mueller determined had NO relationship with aiding and abetting Russia in its efforts to interfere with the election.  The Mueller Report, itself, declared that there was NO evidence of cooperation between Trump, his campaign, and Russians.

Mueller moved aggressively to ensure that a range of unrelated crimes discovered in the course of his investigation was pursued by other investigators.  These include the personal crimes of greed against Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.  And he is leaving it up to the Southern District of New York to investigate the alleged campaign finance violations.

Mueller made it very clear in his Report – as reflected in the letter from Attorney General Robert Barr — that there was no indictment for criminal collusion because there was no evidence of criminal collusion by Trump, by any of those even indicted and convicted for the process crime lying to investigators and by any other American citizen.

On the question of obstruction of justice, Mueller sleazed out.  According to the Barr letter, Mueller could not make a determination on the obstruction accusation.  In that case, he chose to lay out the arguments for indictment and the arguments against – and left it up to the Attorney General to decide.

One can safely assume that the lack of an obstruction of justice claim – even in the face of the inability to indict a sitting President – is exoneration.  In this instance, Mueller comes close to violating Department of Justice rules against slandering someone who is not indicted.  Mueller disgracefully hinted that there was damning information but no reason to indict – making the information ineligible for public disclosure.

Mueller says he could not determine whether a crime had been committed or not.  He said the evidence was not sufficiently compelling to indict – even by a sealed indictment to take effect after Trump leaves office.  Conversely, Mueller claims that he could not exonerate Trump from the obstruction charge.  But he actually did by not even making a case for indictment – even if Trump could not be immediately indicted.

Mueller sleazed out.  He did not do his job.  In a very real sense, Mueller is doing exactly what former FBI Director James Comey did – suggested a person did a lot of improper things without bringing an indictment.  Comey got a rebuke from the FBI Inspector General for that breach of protocol.

Making a determination about criminal collusion and obstruction of justice is what Mueller was commissioned to do.  A special counsel was appointed to take the matter out of the hands of the Attorney General in order to remove even the appearance of bias.  Mueller had no problem indicting people on process crimes – basically lying to investigators about a crime that was never committed.  That level of prosecution does not rest well with most Americans.  Charging someone with obstructing justice when there is no crime involved seems … well … just wrong.

In fact, it is the general practice to not indict someone for obstruction of justice when there is no underlying crime – so why prosecute lies, which could be seen as a form of obstruction.

It seems that Mueller did not wish to exonerate Trump on the obstruction charge and rather than make a decision, he punted.  Mueller also had to know that by not directly exonerating Trump he would trigger an ugly partisan feud that would be launched by the #NeverTrump Democrats.

Mueller put the Attorney General in the position to be politically demonized by the anti-Trump Resistance Movement and the blood-thirsty Democrats in Congress – and will add fuel to the partisan feud that is undermining American political civility.  Thanks a lot, Robert.

It is now time for all Americans to re-focus on one of the fundamentals of our judicial system – innocent until PROVEN guilty.  Even an indictment is not a confirmation of guilty.  That is the purview of judges and juries.  At this moment, President Trump is innocent of any criminal activity … period.

While there are other cases out there being ginned up by partisan prosecutors, based on all the reporting and accusations – you know, all those Democrats, reporters and pundits who declared Trump guilty of collusion, obstruction and even treason – the Mueller probe was the major play because the folks on the left were sure that Mueller would bring forth indictments of Trump family members, charges of obstruction and collusion and the basis for Trump’s impeachment.

Apart from going after the Russians, who were the actual criminals, the Mueller investigation into Trump was a shame and a waste of time and money.  It was launched as a political effort to oust the duly elected President by a number of bad actors in our law enforcement and intelligence communities. They have proven to be more dangerous to the republic than Trump could ever be.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Robert

    I suppose some would consider this facts which they are not only part facts pushing a point.
    The first thing is in many investigations the investigator ends up saying publicly that there were crimes committed but there was not enough proof to charge someone.
    Now this investigation when Campaign spout off that they have Russian connections is no joke in any way, even though no actual help could be proven.

  2. Lowell

    All that and not one word about Obama’s interference in the elections in Germany, France, England and especially ISRAEL!!!

  3. Simon Sobo

    Russia revealed Hillary’s e mails (and not Trump’s) Fair enough to describe that has election tampering That is wrong. But another perspective is that finding out what was in her emails made the election more meaningful. They revealed just how 2 faced Hillary was. Her privately reaching out to Wall Street, explaining that it was just politics that led to her public criticism, was most interesting.

    • SAM

      I readsy to see round two of the investigations starring Hillary Clinton , Obama , Lycnh , Comey , Stroke, and The DNC . Theres going to be a bunch of ratting going on one another when they start reading the charges to them . Better ask yourself this question , “why should I lose every thing over the Clintons , while they roll in money like pigs in mud .” . BETTER GET YOUR STORY CORRECT AND NAMES READY TO NAME !

      • JO

        The American people need the complete story which includes Hillary and the DNC involvement to smear Trump via the dirty salacious Steele dossier smearing Trump paid for by the DNC. How could the FISA Court even approve of it???They need to be investigated for that, too!!! INDICT HER! This broad must not skirt the law one more time. She is responsible for the very lives of people who wee mysteriously killed, whose lives were a liablility to her. The woman is evil.
        Lovk her up before she does any more damage to anyone. Preferably in a mental institutition because clearly she is ill.

    • Franco

      AND your parents failed to do their job
      and give you cojones and a brain!!!!

  4. Raymond Silver

    It’s done,leave it alone
    The President was cleared


    • SAM

      NO , Clinton needs to pay and lose her ass like every one else has . After all she and the DNC started this whole thing , now let them face the facts !

      • JO

        Absolutely! This mess has not been cleared up until we hear from Hillary in a court of law! The Country demands that she fess up.

  5. Richard

    Where are the indictments of the swamp creatures?
    “It was launched as a political effort to oust the duly elected President by a number of bad actors in our law enforcement and intelligence communities. They have proven to be more dangerous to the republic than Trump could ever be.”

  6. Dennis Wall

    And now ANTIFA wants to start a Civil War! All this corrupt so-called “Investigation” did was to fan the flames of the insane Liberal Democrats that didn’t get what they wanted! Which, of course, is President Trump’s demise. Just like the Instigator & Agitator, Barack Obama, that perpetrated the War Against Lawfulness for eight years! There was no ANTIFA, or BLM, or ISIS, or the War Against Police & The Muslim Caliphate until Obama took office! The Democrats are keeping Lawlessness going & spending Taxpayer money like madmen simply because they lost the Presidential Election! They are nothing but cry babies & premeditated baby murderers through abortion! That is my honest opinion!

  7. DAV

    $25-$30 million!??? I would say that this ‘investigation’ was beneficial for somebody!!!
    Remember- The Best Defense Is An Offense. This whole Mueller thing was from the beginning, nothing but a smoke-and-mirrors/ dog-and-pony show to divert Americans attention away from the true collusion/corruption crimes. Mueller’s offense served its purpose even though President Trump is innocent. Now it’s time for the REAL investigation. Regardless of political affiliation, male/female, black or white; do not pass go, do not collect $200…GO TO JAIL!!!!!!!!