Card-carrying members of the #Resistance have been hoping and praying for the day that Robert Mueller storms the Oval Office, slaps a pair of handcuffs on President Donald Trump, and perp-walks him to a black sedan since the day the special counsel was appointed. They don’t care what the charge is – obstruction of justice, the fictional “crime” of collusion, whatever. All they want is to win, and to them, winning means putting the duly-elected president in prison. That’s how deranged they are.
According to Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, though, even Mueller’s team has admitted that it is not possible for them to indict a sitting president.
“All they get to do is write a report,” Giuliani told CNN. “They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling – they acknowledged that to us.”
This isn’t news to anyone who has followed the case; not only have Mueller and Rod Rosenstein repeatedly informed Trump (though not the public) that the president is not a target of the investigation, it has been a longstanding judgement of the Justice Department that it is not possible to put the President of the United States under indictment. That hasn’t kept the Resistance from weaving their tales of fantasy, of course, but it’s good to know that Mueller understands the law has its limits. That part of it, actually, IS news, because we were beginning to wonder.
As CNN points out, the special counsel’s lack of authority in this matter doesn’t “necessarily mean the president is in the clear.” Mueller could refer Trump’s case to the House of Representatives, who would then be free to pursue charges of impeachment against the president. That’s not going to happen as long as Republicans are in control because they know there’s no evidence that Trump conspired with the Russians. They also know that it was within his legal purview to fire Jim Comey. But if Democrats were to take back the House in November, it’s an open ballgame. Democrats will use even the flimsiest case of impeachment against Trump; the true crime, after all, was winning the election in the first place.
According to CNN’s report, Trump’s lawyers pressed Mueller’s team to answer the indictment question as part of the negotiations regarding the possibility of a presidential interview. On the Trump side, they argue that Mueller has no authority to subpoena the president, seeing as how there is “no crime to justify” it. This is blatantly obvious if you follow the logic: The DOJ can’t file an indictment against Trump, therefore there’s no relevant crime on the table.
All of this gives us the feeling that Mueller’s case – more than a year in the making – is getting ready to wind down in a “letting the air out of a balloon” fashion. He’s got nothing, all of this was a ginned-up sham from the start, and the Democrats are going to go into the midterms with egg on their faces. They deserve to lose – and lose bigly – for putting the country through this nonsense, but how often is true cosmic justice ever served? Still, we can hope.