Trump has nothing to fear from Mueller

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The president has nothing to fear from the testimony from Robert Mueller because nothing Mueller could possibly say will change the result of the report he delivered. He conclusively found that there was no collusion with the Russians by the Trump 2016 campaign, and he did not bring any indictments for obstruction of justice against the President or even a referral.

What Mueller left open with regard to obstruction — if at all — was conclusively dealt with by the Justice Department through the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General who found that there was no probable cause to bring criminal charges against the president.

Congress is not bound by the Mueller investigation or its findings. Congress on its own could bring on impeachment proceedings in the House based on the report — if there was evidence contained therein to warrant such actions. Mueller’s testimony will add nothing other than to further politicize an investigation that was supposed to be apolitical.

Mueller reminds me of the patient who decides not to be resuscitated only to find that doctors did so against his wishes.

At best, Mueller is a reluctant witness and at worst — for Democrats — a hostile witness. He made it clear in his press conference months ago that he would like the report to speak for itself and that he would not go beyond his own reporting.

Congress now runs the risk of further being seen as conducting a witch-hunt against the president by calling a witness who clearly has nothing further to add.

If the president were a clear and present danger and had engaged in “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Democrats would burn the midnight oil to conduct impeachment hearings instead of going off — after Mueller’s testimony — on a summer vacation.

Clearly there is no Constitutional crisis.

Democrats have conspired and colluded to use their official powers as a sword to impale and politically weaken a political foe rather than as a shield to protect the Constitution.

Democrats demanded the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the Trump 2016 campaign as well as the president himself with regard to obstruction of justice. When Mueller was appointed, Democrats heralded his appointment and gave statements of high praise and confidence. They even went so far as to say that they would accept his findings and would rely on his judgment. Then when the report came out and it did not fit their predetermined expectations, they turned on Mueller and read into the report findings that clearly were not there. 

Speaker Pelosi has no control of her caucus whether it is “the Squad” or the Trump inquisition. The very thing they accuse a president of doing Pelosi is allowing Democrats to do — that is to use their powers to destroy a political enemy.

Mueller’s testimony will come back to haunt Democrats. He will add nothing and further expose the Democrats’ political efforts to harm the president in a re-election cycle.

I believe Democrats overplayed a hand they should have folded with the Mueller report. It is not enough to hate a president out of office. If you want to beat him, you need to do it at the ballot box — not by impeachment and removal. 

Bradley A. Blakeman was a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004. A principal of the 1600 Group, a strategic communications firm, he is an adjunct professor of public policy and international affairs at Georgetown University and a contributor to Fox News and Fox Business.

Tags Donald Trump Impeachment Obstruction of justice Robert Mueller Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections Special Counsel investigation

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