Mueller’s retirement speech will trigger it.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s retirement speech reiterated the findings from his report save for a small statement which has added fire to the impeachment hydra:
And as set forth in the report, after that investigation if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so.
This was phrased within the report as “could not exonerate”, a concept that does not exist in our form of justice. He then followed up with this statement:
We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.
As to the reasoning, he cited a DOJ opinion about indicting a president while in office. The reasoning laid out in the second volume on each instance where obstruction might be probable, all acts could be viewed within legal executive authority under the constitution. Indeed, in most every case there is sufficient reasonable doubt that Trump committed any crime.
As a prosecutor, if one can’t make a determination, the case is closed. However, Mueller adds more fuel to the fire:
And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.
In other words, Mueller believes Trump committed obstruction and his lengthy analysis was merely to muddy the waters as much as possible to not violate department policy. Put in another way, he gave the democrats some more powder for their theatrical fireworks.
His statement will likely force the democrats to pull the trigger on impeachment. The problem they have is that a majority of the public has accepted the report and wants to move on. Sadly, democrats will spend enormous energy and camera time not letting this go, giving hometown challengers some free advertising to use while campaigning in close districts, such as “You said you were going to work on health care but all voters got was this lousy impeachment T-Shirt.”
But Mueller didn’t have to say anything. He could have easily published a statement explaining, “I will not appear before Congress and the report is my testimony.” Instead, he kept it in the forefront and now voters will have to endure democrats not moving on until election day.
The other side is the current investigation as to how this started which could be just as explosive. What happens if it is determined that the Obama administration was involved in a scheme to prevent Trump’s election, and if Trump did win, hamper his ability to govern effectively? Wonder how the media will respond if this comes out?
I will say this: As I continue to travel, I hear more and more liberals frustrated with the democrats in the House. Not a single mention of progress has been made on any issue, with the exception that the economy is getting better and crediting Trump. My Facebook feed was unusually quiet about Mueller’s statement. Some, and the numbers are dwindling, are still focused on the stricter abortion laws in Georgia and other states although very few are getting likes.
Is it possible that voters are now starting to tune out this nonsense? That would bode well for Trump’s re-election, and impeachment would probably seal it.