Democrats still counting on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be the Hero of the Resistance are either kidding themselves or blatantly lying to the American people. Because time and again, Mueller has tipped his cards to show us that when it all comes down to it, he’s got nothing. Nada. Zilch. Not when it comes to proving that President Donald Trump collaborated/colluded/conspired with the Russian government to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. And Roger Stone’s indictment is just another tip of that hand.
Oh, it makes for great theater, no doubt about that. And Mueller knows it. That’s why he tipped off CNN and made sure they were waiting in the bushes when federal agents performed an unnecessary pre-dawn raid on Stone’s house, threw him into shackles, and perp-walked him in front of the cameras.
That whole thing, by the way? Yet another sign of how weak Mueller’s case is. When you’ve got the goods, you don’t need to go to these elaborate lengths to play “gotcha” for the American public. This little display of force on Friday was the act of a desperate man who knows he’s going to have to one day go, hat in hand, to the Democrats and admit that he was unable to give them what they wanted.
Think about the underlying implication in the charges against Stone. Other, smarter legal analysts have already pointed this out, but it’s worth repeating: If Stone was relying on a middleman to figure out what Julian Assange had and when he was going to release it, it stands to reason that he did NOT have any inroads with the actual hackers. That is to say, if Trump administration officials had a direct line to the Kremlin, they would not have been running around trying to communicate secretly with WikiLeaks. The very crimes that Stone is being charged with cast serious doubts as to whether anyone in Trump’s orbit had a backchannel to Moscow.
Which is, by the way, what all of this was supposed to be about in the first place. You’re forgiven for forgetting that amidst all the indictments that have plenty to do with lying to FBI agents, tax fraud, paying porn stars, and Ukrainian elections but absolutely nothing to do with the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
But the fact that Mueller’s case is this weak is really not the big story here. It’s the fact that he KNOWS it’s this weak, and he’s known it for quite some time. Mueller has the goods, all right. He has the inside knowledge that shows, conclusively, that Trump did not collude with the Russians. And yet he insists on continuing this secret investigation and allowing the left to cloak this president under a cloud of suspicion.
People like to say that Mueller is a good, decent, honorable man, but a man with those characteristics would not allow the American president to suffer this kind of character assassination without speaking up.