Special counsel Robert Mueller has been quiet of late as we close in on the November midterm elections. One is tempted to wonder if his lack of public activity while another prominent anti-Trump campaign – the all-out assault on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – has hit fever pitch is more than just coincidence.
No, that couldn’t be, right? The people who swore they would do whatever it took to destroy the Trump presidency wouldn’t be that brazenly orchestrated in their approach, would they?
Be that as it may, an awful lot of people for some reason believe Mueller will do “the right thing” and lay low through the first week of November in order not to unduly influence the electoral process.
“I don’t see Mueller making any big moves before the election,” former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko, who worked with Mueller, told The Hill.
“I know of no Justice Department rule or regulation that limits the timing of an announcement related to an election,” former Assistant U.S. Attorney Renato Mariotti told Politico. “That said … I can’t imagine him taking any action that could be seen as influencing an election.”
But the fact is, this bogus probe has always been designed to thwart, distract, and obstruct President Trump from advancing the agenda the American people elected him to enact. Given that, it seems far more likely that Mueller will attempt to drop something “big” before the election in line with his unofficial mission statement.
Why should this man be counted on to do the “right thing” when the right thing would have been to wrap up this meaningless investigation months ago?
While it would be pure speculation to try to guess what surprise Mueller may be holding back until late October, we know a couple things from developments so far.
The smartest thing Trump did was to not allow himself to be interviewed by Mueller, thus potentially falling into a perjury trap. With that weapon defused, and with no actual evidence of collusion with Russia found despite 16+ months of fishing – er, investigating – one clear tactic remains for Mueller.
His media accomplices have given away the game plan for an obstruction of justice recommendation by Mueller against Trump. The savagely anti-Trump Washington Post lays out what this might entail in an August “Perspective” article – I thought all their so-called reporting was nothing but mere perspective.
The Post argues that fired FBI director James Comey’s claims that Trump demanded loyalty from him and urged an end to an investigation into his first national security adviser Michael Flynn are proof of obstruction. They suggest that Trump being angered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions choosing to recuse himself from the Russia probe is proof of obstruction. And finally, that Trump tweeting negative remarks about the Russia probe is proof of obstruction.
And… you get the point. This is thin soup indeed. But we have had an investigation drag on pointlessly for well over a year. It has been directly aided at every step by a complicit media headlining each “damning revelation” as the beginning of the end for the Trump administration. How can we now expect this circus to suddenly go silent at a time when it would hope to make a maximum impact?
An October “bombshell” may very well be coming, but it will be more in the line of an obstruction of justice fizzle than anything else. When there is no “there” there in your “special investigation,” you come up with whatever you can.