The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election. The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin’s Russia is zero.

Some of the Russians’ Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored Donald Trump (as well as Bernie Sanders). Yet Mueller’s team made it clear that the Russians neither colluded with any U.S. citizens nor had any material effect on the election’s outcome.

But from here on out, there will be ironies, paradoxes, and unintended consequences with just about everything Mueller does.

Is it now time to prosecute foreigners for attempting to interfere with a U.S. election? If so, then surely Christopher Steele, the author of the Fusion GPS dossier, is far more culpable and vulnerable than the 13 bumbling Russians.

Steele is not a U.S. citizen. Steele colluded with Russian interests in compiling his lurid dossier about Donald Trump. Steele did not register as a foreign agent. And Steele was paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to find dirt on political rival Trump and his campaign.

In other words, Steele’s position is far worse than that of the Russians for a variety of reasons. One, he is easily extraditable while the Russians are not. Two, his efforts really did affect the race, given that the dossier was systematically leaked to major media and served as a basis for the U.S. government to spy on American citizens. Three, unlike with the Russians, no one disputes that American citizens—Hillary Clinton, members of the Democratic National Committee, and anti-Trump partisan Glenn Simpson and his Fusion GPS team—colluded by paying for Steele’s work.

Mueller’s team has also leveraged a guilty plea from former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for making false statements to FBI investigators. If the Flynn case is now the Mueller standard, then we know that a number of high-ranking officials are vulnerable to such legal exposure.

Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr deliberately omitted on federal disclosure forms the fact that his wife, an expert on Russia, worked on the Fusion GPS dossier.

Steele himself probably lied to the FBI went he claimed he had not leaked the dossier’s contents to the media.

Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills likely lied to FBI investigator Peter Strzok (who had also interviewed Flynn) when they claimed they had no idea that Clinton was using a private and illegal email server until the story went public. In fact, Abedin and Mills had communicated with Clinton over the same server—as did then-President Barack Obama, who likewise denied that he knew about the improper server.

Former FBI Director James Comey likely lied to Congress when he claimed that his exoneration of Clinton came after he had interviewed her. We now know from documents that he drafted a statement about the conclusion of the investigation even before he met with her.

As far as obstruction charges go, Mueller has other possible targets. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch met secretly with Bill Clinton on a jet parked on a tarmac in Phoenix shortly before the Justice Department closed the probe of Hillary Clinton and chose not to pursue charges against her. Comey said Lynch asked him not to use the word “investigation” when discussing the Clinton email probe. Text messages between Strzok and fellow FBI official Lisa Page suggest that Lynch knew in advance about the conclusions Comey would reach in the investigation.

What is going on?

Mueller is under enormous pressure to find collusion between the Trump team and Russia, or to find that the Trump team obstructed justice by trying to hide such collusion. But neither likely happened. Mueller was appointed at a time of national hysteria, brought on by partisan journalism based on a leaked dossier—itself a product of a discredited British agent working with Russian sources while being paid by the Clinton campaign.

Worse still, the effort to hide the origins and the use of that dossier to obtain court permission to spy on American citizens may be a classic case of obstruction of justice.

Mueller’s existential problem has been with him from the start. Due to the shenanigans of his discredited friend Comey and a rabid media, he was appointed to investigate crimes that did not exist. But if they did exist, collusion and obstruction were committed by those associated with the Clinton campaign and even by members of the Obama administration.

Investigating any possible crimes committed by members of the Clinton campaign or the Obama administration apparently is taboo, given the exalted status of both. But every time Mueller seeks to find incidental wrongdoing by those around Trump, he only makes the case stronger that behavior by those involved in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration should be investigated.

If such matters are not treated in an unbiased manner, we are not a nation of equality under the law, but a banana republic masquerading as a democracy.

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He was a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno, and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author most recently of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won (Basic Books).

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98 responses to “The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation

  • You don’t get it. The Deep state, Big Jew is planning to label the alt-right as Russian agents and is planning to round up and extermination white Christian Americans in the name of fighting Russia.

  • We all know its a coup against President Trump. Remember Tray Gowdy saying what a good guy Mueller was. And then quitting congress. Ask yourself ???? why would a good guy just walk away. Answer he wants to keep his family safe. For him it’s God Family Country Who could blame him.

    • Gowdy said he believed he could do more good as a prosecutor. Don’t be surprised if in 2019 we don’t see him back in Washington with the words special in front of it.

  • When the weaponized IRS denied tax exemptions to conservative groups in 2012, we had an illegitimate election and became a babana republic at that point.

    • When Barack Obama was allowed to violate campaign finance law in 2008 (and repeat in 2012) by deliberately disabling valid account and address verification on his donation website, allowing Hamas to raise money for him in Gaza, and he was still allowed to take office, a hot civil war became the only answer.

      • First we try Trump. They better hope Trump is successful.

    • The weaponized government Dem-O-Rats created can, and should, be used against them.

      Turn about is fair play.

      Payback is a bitch.

      Don’t get mad, get even.

  • A perfect explanation of why the ridiculous, bogus and illegal Mueller investigation must be stopped, all its records impounded by the DOJ, and the investigation, done in house as the Constitution demands, be turned on Mueller and Comey with the express instructions that their attempts to hide the criminal wrongdoing of the Obama Administration and the Clinton campaign be the focus. This, admittedly, would take guts, and determination by the President and We the People who support him to simply not let what happened to President Nixon happen again. Swamp-draining is indeed revolutionary. Man up, everybody.

  • I love the old lady in flordia who reposted boris’s rants on facebook and still wont beleive it.

  • This whole sordid affair is beginning to look like the farce of the Wiemar Republic and in the role of National Socialists we have the Democratic Party. The MSM seem to be channeling Joseph Goebbels by repeating the lies often enough they become truths. Instead of Jews, Gypsy’s, Catholics, and the physically and mentally unfit being rounded up as undesirables we have Democrats pushing the notion that Christians, guns owners, and anyone to the right of them qualify as undesirable and must be removed from polite society. Their lives and livelihoods are in danger and our welfare is threatened. This is pure madness that is paid for and sponsored by George Soros and the DNC.

  • Mueller is really just repeating the behavior of the FBI under Comey: hiding the crimes of Hillary Clinton and her campaign. Trump should ask him “Now that your investigations have uncovered clear evidence of the collusion you sought, except by Hillary Clinton instead of by me, are you going to again cover for her like James Comey did? What phoney crime are you going to investigate now, and how can you be sure it won’t again lead back to a Clinton? Be careful.”

  • Well, Hanson lays it all out in neatly organized form — a campaign of disinformation commissioned by the Old Bag to justify espionage on her opponent and smear him with a lurid “dossier.” It couldn’t be more KGB-era.

  • You said it Dr. Hanson, we indeed are well on our way to becoming a large banana republic. Mr. Comey made it very clear in his statement announcing that charges would not be brought against Hillary Clinton….but should anyone else do the same thing…. That absolutely declares that equality under the law is no longer even a goal under our system. In effect we are no longer a nation of law.

  • None of this makes any difference to the flying monkeys of the left. Their truth is their truth and the facts be damned .

  • The Australian Labor Party sent staff and cash to help Clinton. When will Mueller charge them?

  • I agree…the question is certainly, “What the F is going on?”

    Why is the FBI being permitted to obstruct a proper investigation and to slink away without a proper accounting? Why is the oxymoronic “Senate Intelligence” committee so incurious? Why has everything Nunes and Grassley have been trying to do failing to generate republican outrage and, for that matter, suddenly gone radio silent? Why wouldn’t Clinton and Obama and the rest of the cabal be fully exposed? Why, exactly, did Sessions recuse and why is he failing to exert influence to clean up the mess?

    The only question we don’t have is why the forever excusing never-trump-republican-trash don’t have the stomach to investigate and prosecute democrats even though we know with certainty that, were the tables turned, republicans would already be in jail.

    At this point, I’m among those ready to call for Sessions to be replaced. I’ve held out hope there was cleansing happening in the background, but it’s now starting to look like the operation is meant to find a way out of even exposing everything that happened.

    • The problem with any investigation in the swamp is how to do it without getting it all over me. Everyone has something to hide. Ask John Roberts. Once the can of worms is opened on Hillary and Obama, be certain only Jesus Christ himself is free enough from sin to do the investigation. And then there is always Arkancide for the truly intractable investigator. Everyone in DC knows the behind the scenes there too. It could be decades before we know what happened, if ever. I was 12 when JFK was murdered and still don’t know anything for sure.

      • If everyone is corrupt then a couple things follow:
        – The Mueller probe *is* a seditious effort to overthrow the election, which is probably fine with Dems and never-Trumper craphats but is not okay with me;
        – FISA in the hands of FBI and intelligence agencies gives the party in power too much leverage for staying in power (as we’ve seen);

        I would rather think/hope that decent public officials for the most part do have integrity and that the Clinton’s were some sort of power-lusting aberration and Obama was just Chicago-filthy. The rest of the scum around them were just boot kickers who licked their way to their offices and are just smart prostitutes.

        I do think that there is a danger that future Dems would be tempted to retaliate to any attempt to bring Justice to the Obama administration. For this reason, I’m open to the idea of full disclosure of everything and setting the bar very high for any prosecution. Our system would be threatened if every incoming administration found a way to prosecute the previous administration, so that must be avoided.

        But, good grief, surely there is a way to hold corrupt, sleazy politicians and officials to account when then they baldly break the law. Is that really too much to ask of our government? If so, it’s a very sad day in America.

  • As an American citizen, I would welcome the cacophony that an investigation into Steel-Clinton staff and its path to Obama would bring. The silence & fear of ‘going there’ is what political correctness has wrought. Not justice but the absolute collapse of it. This has allowed fictitious ‘morally superiority’ to reign as rule of law falls.

  • This was very funny article because of the way he ends it. He’s still wondering if we are a nation of law. I mean, I love the guy as far as one can love a person one only knows from their work. But this is the same guy living in one of two American sheethoels all his life for nuts. He’s pretty slow on the uptake, it seems. Still, I must reiterate, I love the guy.

  • “If such matters are not treated in an unbiased manner, we are not a
    nation of equality under the law, but a banana republic masquerading as a
    democracy.”

    What do you mean, “if”? There’s no “if” about it.

  • I’m confused. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

    Surely, if I were running for office, it’d be legal for me to try and dig up dirt on my opponent(s) and make said information public, right? That certainly seems to be a longstanding tradition in democratic politics around the world.

    In order to dig up said dirt, I’m legally allowed to pay someone to do so, right? And can’t I pay anyone – other Americans, foreign contractors, etc.? Or are there restrictions? If so, what are those restrictions and why do they exist?

    To me, Hillary paying Steele (via multiple intermediaries) to dig up dirt on an opponent (Trump) seems pretty legit. Which part of it is not?

    Likewise, even if Trump tried to dig up dirt on Hillary, and even if he used foreign agents (Russians, for example), it also seem legit.

    Again, surely digging up dirt on opponents is legit, right? So which part, exactly, of what Hillary did, and Trump might possibly have done, is illegal, and why?

    • The collusion isn’t illegal; lying to investigators and obstruction of justice are. The “interference” issue isn’t clear to me – i.e., Mueller’s indictment of the Russian trolls, and Steele’s dossier, both “affecting” elections.

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