After two years of Russia collusion propaganda, conservatives are now voicing concerns that even though Mueller’s report has already delivered a no collusion verdict- the full report may be tainted with Bob Mueller’s own personal bias.
The report has been read and discussed by AG William Barr. He has concluded that not only was there no collusion between Trump and Russia- but that Trump was actively and illegally spied on by the FBI under the direction of the Obama administration.
Despite the fact that Mueller himself has said his probe exposed no collusion, Democrats are expected to find tidbits of language that they will be able to interpret as collusion.
Democrats are accusing Republicans of attempting to intercept the report and to use selective redaction and cherry picking to make it read in a way that suits their interests.
Leading Washington Republicans are complaining that Meuller’s special council- made of ranking Democrats- may have weighted Mueller’s evidence in a way that casts doubt on the verdict.
House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes said, “The indictments that were made by the Mueller team are very questionable, and there are pieces of them that read like Russian spy novels.”
“That was done on purpose to create a narrative to make the American people think, as they were indicting these people, that somehow this had to do with collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
The Mueller probe was long, expensive, and dragged many people both inside and outside of politics through the mud.
Independent reporters like Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi were charged on supposed false statements and process crimes. They were dragged through court.
Many had their entire lives destroyed by the brutal law-fare of the Mueller investigation.
These men were charged with perjury for forgetting minor details or for restating simple phrases.
These dubious infractions have been called perjury and obstruction of justice done in the name of President Trump.
These are the kinds of specious charges that Republicans fear will be used to claim that the Meuller probe should continue- that some collusion still remains to be found.
Earlier this month, Senator Diane Feinstein coauthored a letter to Attorney General William Barr accusing him of collaborating with Republicans to “perpetuate a partisan narrative designed to undermine the work of the Special Counsel.”
While both sides press their arguments that the other is working in bad faith, the facts of the report remain undeniable.
It has been shown, for example, that email exchanged between Russian entities and George Papadopoulos discouraged Papadopoulos from meeting with Russians.
In Zero Hedge’s article on this subject they write, “Papadopoulos, acting as a foreign policy adviser, had conversations with representatives from multiple governments, not just Russia, and that his supervisor Sam Clovis, along with campaign chair Paul Manafort, had opposed any trip to Russia for Trump and the campaign.”
But in a complaint to Papadopoulos that Mueller himself signed, those facts were omitted.
CNN was quick to report on the complaint in a way that agrees with Mueller’s omission, saying, “[…] records describe an email between Trump campaign officials suggesting they were considering acting on Russian invitations to go to Russia.”
They called Papadopoulos’ meeting, “the campaign’s clearest connection so far to Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.”
In a letter to Mueller written by former Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley, he writes, “In this matter, the public deserves to have the full context for the information the special counsel chooses to release. The glaring lack of it feeds speculation and innuendo that distorts the facts.”
But there’s more to the Mueller probe than his mishandled facts, harried witnesses, and spurious accusations.
The Special Council was made of 17 prosecutors. 13 of those prosecutors were registered Democrats.
And of those 13 Democrats, a number of them were cited by Papadopoulos as “former top Obama appointees and Clinton donors.”
One, in particular, was prosecutor Jeannie Rhee. Papadopoulos pointed out that not only did she have direct ties to the Clintons, was appointed by Obama- but that she also had a conflict of interest as she held a personal grudge against Papadopoulos. He said Rhee threatened him repeatedly, telling him he was facing a quarter of a century in prison if he failed to cooperate with the investigation.
Papadopoulos eventually pleaded guilty when he was charged with lying because he failed to remember that one Joseph Mifsud had opposition research on Hilary Clinton.
In this way, the Mueller probe has wrongfully tainted many reputations. The fear of Republicans is that the weight of these bad faith prosecutions will unfairly impugn Donald Trump.