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HORIST: Yes, the Mueller Report vindicates Trump … but not the press.

HORIST: Yes, the Mueller Report vindicates Trump … but not the press.

When a prosecutor investigates a case, they have prosecutorial discretion – but only to bring charges or not.  We saw that in the controversial case of Jussie Smollett in Chicago where charges were dropped in the face of seemingly incontrovertible evidence.

In both criminal collusion and obstruction of justice, Special Council Robert Mueller determined that there was zero evidence that President Trump or any member of his campaign had conspired in the criminal activities of the Russians – and that was after 23 months of investigation by a team containing investigators hostile to President Trump and the expenditure of more than $25 million of taxpayer money.

In the case of obstruction of justice, Mueller determined that there was – in his judgment – evidence of Trump pushing back at what the President considered a bogus investigation — BUT that it did not rise to an indictable criminal offense.  There is no rational reason why Mueller would not have said so if he had the goods on Trump.

Oh yeah.  There is that issue that you cannot indict a sitting President.  That is true, BUT that would not have prevented Mueller from saying that Trump had broken the law and would have been indicted except for the Justice Department rule.  He also could have produced a sealed indictment that would be effective once Trump left office.  He could have also challenged the DOJ rule by proposing an indictment – even if it was subsequently quashed by Mueller’s boss, the Attorney General. The fact that he did none of these things strongly suggests that the evidence – those ten examples on Mueller’s list — did not rise to criminality regarding obstruction.

Democrats are now pursuing an un-American theory that even if there was insufficient evidence to meet the standards of criminality, Trump still committed the crimes of criminal collusion and obstruction of Justice.  I say un-American because it flies in the face of our legal theory that a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty.  In this case, there were not even charges brought.  Therefore, under our system of law, Trump is innocent of all charges … vindicated … exonerated (despite what Muller claimed in the report).

Mueller seems to think that he can file no charges and still suggest the person is guilty.  That is not the job of the Special Prosecutor.  He was commissioned to call legal balls and strikes.  Imagine if a baseball umpire said, “It could have been a ball and it could have been a strike” – leaving it to the partisans of both teams to make the decision.  Essentially, that is what Mueller did.

In his Report, Mueller suggested that further investigation might establish criminality.  Then why did he not continue to investigate until a decision could be determined?  He would have liked to question Trump in person, but, Mueller says, that would have taken a lot more time.  By his own estimation, Mueller closed the case prematurely – but he closed it and made two final determinations.  Trump and Co. were not guilty of criminal collusion and there was insufficient evidence to press charges.  As Trump tweeted, “Game Over.”

Democrats and the corrupt propaganda press are now taking the case into the court-of-public-opinion where there is no presumption of innocence, no rule-of-law, no standards of evidence, no rules against hearsay.  It is a kangaroo court where public passion and political skullduggery hold sway.

It is openly conceded that congressional investigations and impeachment are political operations where the politicians and the propagandists disregard laws, rules, and justice.  While the Constitution permits impeachment and removal from office for “high CRIMES and misdemeanors,” there is no reasonable definition of those terms.  A President can be impeached for ANY reason that produced the required vote in the House.  A history of parking tickets could be enough as long as it convinced the required number of House members to vote to impeach.

There are two factors that tend to prevent such an extreme situation.  Lack of bipartisan support and public reaction.  Americans tend not to like having politicians kick out elected officials they voted into office.

This is where the news media plays a dangerous roll if they abandon the standards and ethics of journalism.  Today, we have a very rabid left-wing media that propagates partisan narratives – and too often false narratives — rather than presenting the facts in a fair and balanced manner.

No matter how much the anti-Trump media tries to reclaim its reputation, Mueller has exposed it as purveyors of propaganda.  Outlets like MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and others have been proffering totally false speculation that Trump was guilty … a traitor … an asset of Russia.  The Mueller Report has put the lie to thousands of hours and thousands of column inches of mendacious reporting by anchors, panelists (impaneled specifically to support the false narrative), reporters, columnists, editorialists, producers and op-ed writers.

And yet, they persist in claiming the accuracy of their reports – but this time with even less credibility.

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. Roy

    Congres should enact a law whereby people like Schiff & Nadler could be SUED for harrassment! Even the media who KNOWINGLY participate in this despicable behavior!

    • Franco

      No matter what they did not find,
      the DEMIs will continue to harass him !
      Never mind helping him????

      Lowest unemployment in 50 years????

  2. arthur helfat

    The democrats will never be satisfied, nor will the media. Trump hopefully will get the backing of the american electorate and succeed. The american people are smart enough to recognize that the democrats are more interested in getting the democratic party back in power than what is important for the country.

  3. Cliff

    I am not one of the fallen angels left thinkers and I am voting again in 2020 for President Trump, we the people’s first real President in decades.

    • MULEY


  4. Jack Schiht

    Knowing that the Russian collusion was a consolation ritual for Hillary, all of Washington DC treated it with the respect of a legitimate investigation. Perhaps Mueller found that he was investigating the wrong side of the collusion aspect and quit to save what little is left of his own integrity and historical significance.
    It’s time for Trump to fight back using something more effective than tweets.
    Trump must find someone who has the courage to prosecute a former first lady and two former presidents.

  5. marlene

    Just wait until Trump’s second term to see what REALLY can do. But we must give him a better congress next time. #ElectToReElect

  6. JoAnn Barr

    Mueller did NOT say he was not guilty.

    He is guilty on so many issues