Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is done with his report and it’s in the hands of Attorney General William Barr we can expect that he is done with indictments. At least, that’s the sensible reasoning.
Which likely means that the Special Counsel’s office found no evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 Presidential elections. For now, the report is private and being reviewed closely by Barr.
Barr delivered a letter to senior lawmakers regarding the report’s completion to Capitol Hill Friday evening. It was then that the announcement was made that Mueller’s report was done.
Mueller’s report was first delivered earlier Friday to DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation. Rosenstein then delivered it to Attorney General William Barr within minutes, according to Fox News.
The Deputy Attorney General has been criticized by legal experts for his role in overseeing an investigation. After all, he authored the letter authorizing Trump to fire former FBI Director James Comey. After Comey’s firing, Comey leaked his own classified memos to the New York Times through a friend, which accused Trump of obstructing justice. Comey admitted he hoped it would launch a special counsel investigation.
It was then, that Rosenstein called for a special counsel and two years of investigations began.
But what have we really discovered as far as collusion is concerned? Nothing.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, said in a Tweet that “the delivery suggests no more indictments are coming from the Special Counsel. If that’s true, it would mean we just completed two years of investigating “Russian Collusion” without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one.”
“Why? Because there was no collusion,” he added.
The Mueller report delivery suggests no more indictments are coming from the Special Counsel. If that's true, it would mean we just completed 2 years of investigating 'Russian collusion' without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one.
Why? Because there was no collusion
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 22, 2019
In all, Mueller has charged six former Trump advisers, along with 26 Russian nationals. He also charged three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. He will never hear from the Russian nationals – these are charges that can’t be enforced. As for the Trump advisors, five of the six pleaded guilty to charges that range from lying to tax evasion. The majority of these crimes were committed years before any joined or were connected to the Trump campaign.
It will be up to Barr to determine whether or not to release the report, or a summary of the report or not release it at all. President Trump, along with the lawmakers, stated in recent weeks that the report should be made public.
I agree. Full transparency is required and if there are areas of the classified areas in the report Barr can choose to redact it.
What we have discovered in the last two years, however, is that there appeared to be extensive malfeasance and bias within the senior leadership of the FBI and Department of Justice. Investigations in Congress, Senate and the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office revealed extraordinary questionable practices in agencies and departments that Americans entrust to deliver justice.
It will be up to Barr to decide what to do next.
Mueller’s investigation cost tax payers tens of millions of dollars. It uncovered tax fraud, process crimes and charged several people associated with or part of the Trump administration of lying.
It has also held the Trump administration hostage as media reports lobbed accusations at the Trump administration daily. Many of these reports have proven to be false and based on an unsubstantiated dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who openly stated he would do anything to not see Trump elected.
We also know that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC financed the research by embattled research firm Fusion GPS to conduct this investigation into a duly elected president.
Barr, I’ve been told by numerous sources, will do what is right and just.
It will be his duty to balance the scales of justice once again, so Americans can have trust in the institutions that protect us and exemplify our nation around the world.
Read Barr’s letter below:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-SC, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler, D-NY and Ranking Member Susan Collins, D-Maine.
“I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with a “description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General” or acting Attorney General “concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.” 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3).
There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.
The Special Counsel has submitted to me today a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. 600.8(c). I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.
Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.
Finally, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” this notification “would be in the public interest.” 28 C.F.R. 600.9 (c). I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.
William P. Barr