President Donald Trump has told the public from day one that, from every point of communication he has received from the FBI, he is not under criminal investigation. And every time he says this, the media reports it and then…just…kinda…forgets about it. They go right back to reporting the Trump/Russia story as though it will either end with a public statement of exoneration for the president from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or it will end with an indictment against Donald J. Trump filled with charges of treason, collusion, conspiracy, obstruction, and, if such a statute exists, being a plain old mean nasty guy.
So we’re certain the pattern will continue this time around, as we have our latest inside source reporting that says that no, President Trump is not under criminal investigation. According to the Washington Post, “special counsel Robert S. Mueller III informed President Trump’s attorneys last month that he is continuing to investigate the president but does not consider him a criminal target at this point.” The Post went on to say that Mueller made that clear during negotiations with Trump’s lawyers about a possible interview with the president.
This does not mean, of course, that Trump is beyond scrutiny by any means. It only means that there’s no specific crime that Mueller can point to and say: This – this is what I’m investigating the president for.
And really, that speaks to one of the biggest problems with this investigation and points out why Trump is right when he calls it a witch hunt. This is an investigation – IN MUELLER’S OWN WORDS – that is in search of a crime. Based on whose allegations? Some drunk at an Australian bar? That phony dossier? Democrats? Why does this investigation even exist, as far as the Trump campaign is concerned? Because Trump promoted WikiLeaks? This whole thing is absurd, and it is making a mockery of the FBI and the Justice Department, to say nothing of our entire democracy.
“The president and some of his allies seized on the special counsel’s words as an assurance that Trump’s risk of criminal jeopardy is low,” reports WaPo. “Other advisers, however, noted that subjects of investigations can easily become indicted targets — and expressed concern that the special prosecutor was baiting Trump into an interview that could put the president in legal peril.”
Judging by what we’ve seen, we’d tend to side with the latter group. Mueller doesn’t intend to walk away from this investigation empty-handed. A tricky interview would be the perfect venue in which to “catch” Trump in some vague lie or complex trap, leading the way towards invented charges that have little or nothing to do with the supposed point of the investigation. If Mueller has the goods, let him be out with it. If he doesn’t, there’s no point giving him the ammo.