Howling at the moon does not change basic Mueller findings

Howling at the moon does not change basic Mueller findings
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This case is closed. While the resistance may resort to howling at the moon over their belief in the criminality of Donald Trump, it will change nothing. Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE has nothing more to add to his conclusion that there was no Russian collusion or obstruction of justice on the part of the president or his campaign. In a farewell press conference to announce that he is closing the office of the special counsel and resigning from the Justice Department, Mueller reiterated the main conclusions in his final report, saying that the written work of his team should speak for itself.

It certainly does speak for itself and loudly. The report makes absolutely clear that neither the president nor any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, despite numerous Russian efforts to enlist their cooperation. It also makes clear that despite an exhaustive effort to seek evidence that the president obstructed justice, Mueller came up empty handed on that front as well.

Contrary to the straw grasping by some Democrats, who insist that there must be some sort of a “cover up” because the special counsel did not confirm the narrative they have been peddling for more than two years, Mueller was emphatic that the findings outlined in his report are the final word. He even warned Democrats that they will be deeply disappointed if they decide to subpoena him, because he has nothing to say beyond what he included, using carefully chosen language, in his report. Mueller went even further than that to debunk the ridiculous conspiracy theories being thrown around by leading Democrats in Congress such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.


These Capitol Hill partisans have tried to make Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Pentagon to place new restrictions, monitoring on foreign military students Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' MORE into their personal whipping boy, accusing him of somehow distorting what Mueller found by accurately reporting its principal conclusions as quickly as possible and then making a lightly redacted version of the full report publicly available. Mueller shot that whole line of argumentation down with just a few words, saying that he and his team “appreciate” the willingness of Barr and his team to release the document and praising Barr for handling the situation in good faith.

Now even impeachment hardliners such as Nadler are being cautious. In response to what Mueller said, Nadler emphasized that he “reaffirmed what was in the report,” then proceeded to detail those key findings in language that tacitly acknowledged the failure of the special counsel to demonstrate wrongdoing by the president. “Given that special counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the president, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies, and other wrongdoing of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE, and we will do so,” Nadler vowed, stopping short of arguing that the House should launch impeachment proceedings.

Nadler should have quit while he was ahead. Mueller did indeed reaffirm the findings laid out in his final report, and those findings completely exonerated the president and his campaign. With Mueller now formally declaring that he has nothing more to add, the case is officially closed. Nadler and company should finally accept that fact. But the Democrats have nothing else. They will keep hunting for something that deep down they know is simply not there. They are like little kids who are still looking for Easter eggs on Labor Day. Howling at the moon may actually be more productive than the impeachment fishing expedition they are chasing.

Mike Huckabee served as the 44th governor of Arkansas and ran as a 2016 Republican candidate for president. He is the host of “Huckabee” on Trinity Broadcasting Network. You can follow him on Twitter @GovMikeHuckabee.