Special Counsel Robert Mueller is turning February into Indictments Month, and he’s throwing the book at Russians, London lawyers, and anyone else who might have had a hand in spreading mean tweets about Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Truly, our nation is safer now that Mueller is protecting us from the Big Bad Facebook Trolls of Moscow.
But we notice that he doesn’t seem to be doing much in the way of proving, you know, the case he was supposedly brought on to prove. Wasn’t he appointed as Special Counsel because Trump fired Jim Comey? Which meant that Trump was obviously guilty of colluding with the Russians? And Mueller was going to come in, guns a-blazing, and right all the wrongs that have been done to the United States by the evil Trump/Putin Alliance? We don’t remember Adam Schiff going on Rachel Maddow to get all red-faced about (checks notes) the Internet Research Agency or, let’s see here, Alex van der Zwaan. We hate to throw around the word “anticlimactic,” but damn…
Not only is Mueller not coming anywhere NEAR proving that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, everything we’re getting out of his office seems to indicate quite the opposite. The indictments against all the Russians last week specifically said that there was nothing to allege that any of the interference made any difference in the outcome of the election. Furthermore, it said that there was no allegation that any American had wittingly collaborated with the Russians in their social media trolling campaign. Now, we may learn later on that this isn’t the end of the matter, but if Mueller’s endgame is Trump, we would not expect to see that kind of language.
But it goes even further than that. One of Mueller’s first big “gets” was a guilty plea and a show of cooperation from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Supposedly, Flynn lied to the FBI and he plead guilty to that charge. Even though, of course, we have former FBI Director James Comey on record saying that he did not believe that Flynn DID lie to the feds. Be that as it may, this week a new judge in the case ordered Mueller’s team to turn over to Flynn’s attorneys any evidence that might be exculpatory for the general. You can make the inference that he would not have issued that order unless there WAS such evidence and that Flynn has not yet laid eyes on it.
This turn of events has some – including Flynn’s brother – thinking that Flynn might rescind his guilty plea. That would be an extraordinarily rare occurrence, but if there is evidence on the table that Flynn can use to prove that he is not, in fact, guilty of what he’s charged with, this judge could accept it. Where Mueller would go from there, we haven’t a clue. But it certainly feels like this collusion investigation is NOT going the way many on the left had hoped.