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Mueller Investigation Was Driven by Pious Hypocrisy

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year, $30 million,
448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.

Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious
Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case
of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case
to find that Trump obstructed Mueller’s investigation of an alleged crime.

One, there was never a crime of collusion. Mueller early on
in his endeavors must have realized that truth, but he pressed ahead anyway. It
is almost impossible to prove obstruction of nothing.

Two, Trump cooperated with the investigation. He waived
executive privilege. He turned over more than 1 million pages of administrative
documents. He allowed then-White House counsel Don McGahn to submit to over 30
hours of questioning by Mueller’s lawyers.

Three, anyone targeted by a massive investigation who knows
he is innocent of an alleged crime is bound to become frustrated over a
seemingly never-ending inquisition.

Trump’s reported periodic rages at the Muller investigation
are regrettable but not unnatural, given that Mueller expended a huge amount of
government resources to confirm what many knew at the outset: that there was
never any collusion with the Russian government to warp the 2016 election.

Yet Mueller’s team went down every blind alley relating to
its investigation—except where Obama-era officials were likely culpable for
relevant unethical or illegal behavior.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants were
integral to Mueller’s investigations. But there is no mention of how the FISA
court was deceived by not being told that the chief evidence used to obtain the
warrants was an unverified dossier paid for in part by the Hillary Clinton
campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Some of the collusion narrative Muller examined was based on
FBI informants’ unverified stories. Yet strangely, the Mueller team did not
investigate whether it was legal in the first place for the FBI, possibly with
CIA help, to use informants to spy on a presidential campaign.

Former FBI Director James Comey figures into the Mueller
report. But there is no curiosity about whether he broke the law in leaking
what may well have been four classified memos of private presidential
conversations to the press for the purpose of forcing an appointment of a special
counsel.

The Christopher Steele dossier likewise makes an appearance
in the Mueller report. But for a team investigating the alleged collusion of
foreigners in a U.S. election, there is silence about the salient fact that
Steele, a foreign national, enlisted other foreign nationals to dig up dirt on
Trump to weaken his election chances—with part of the funding for this research
provided by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

What bothers many Americans about the collusion hoax is the
accompanying sanctimony of the so-called investigators. The Mueller team could
have helped itself had it just noted that much of the evidence it looked at was
a product of Obama-era officials’ unethical or illegal behavior.

Comey wrote a memoir, “A Higher Loyalty.” Its
eponymous themes are Comey’s own ethics and principles. But Comey may well have
misled the FISA court and possibly lied under oath to a House committee. He was
not candid with federal investigators and leaked confidential and classified
government memos.

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe also wrote a memoir,
“The Threat.” Its argument is that FBI kingpins such as McCabe
protect America from dangers such as Trump.

But McCabe himself is under criminal referral for lying to
federal investigators. His sworn congressional testimony cannot be reconciled
with Comey’s. McCabe also likely misled the FISA court. And he apparently
contemplated staging a near-coup to remove an elected president through the
deliberate misuse of the 25th Amendment.

Former CIA Director John Brennan is a paid analyst for MSNBC
who often railed about Trump’s “treason” and predicted his
indictment. Yet Brennan himself has lied under oath to Congress on two
occasions. He likely misled Congress about his role in trafficking in the Steele
dossiers. And Brennan’s CIA may well have helped the FBI use informants abroad
to entrap Trump campaign aides in efforts to find dirt on Trump.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is a
CNN analyst who often predicted that a supposedly treasonous Trump would be
indicted. Clapper, too, has lied to Congress under oath. He once denied and
then admitted to leaking confidential documents.

The problem with the Muller investigation, and with former
intelligence officials such as Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and McCabe, is pious
hypocrisy. Those who have lectured America on Trump’s unproven crimes have
written books and appeared on TV to publicize their own superior virtue. Yet
they themselves have engaged in all sorts of unethical and illegal behavior.

The only mystery left is whether our elite investigators actually believe their own delusions. Or were they constantly broadcasting their virtue as a preventive defense against growing evidence of their own moral lapses?

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