We didn’t really get any juicy indictments for Christmas from Special Counsel Robert Mueller as we had hoped for, but the investigation into possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign may still be heating up.
The investigation had already provided some interesting indictments with the indictments of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, associate Rick Gates, the guilty plea from former national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn, and also a guilty plea from a foreign policy adviser to the campaign George Papadopoulos.
With those indictments, Republicans have been pushing for an end to the investigation; however, Yahoo News reported Mueller is still deeply involved in the investigation. They reported:
‘But the sources familiar with the probe say that such a rapid conclusion is – as one put it – “fanciful.” Mueller and his team, they say, are pursuing new leads, interrogating new witnesses and collecting a mountain of new evidence, including subpoenaed bank records and thousands of emails from the campaign and the Trump transition.
They also noted that the senior adviser/son-in-law of Trump Jared Kushner has been searching for a “crisis public relations firm to handle press inquiries.” Delicious, isn’t it?
What is important about Mueller’s path he’s taking is the fact that it will lead to the investigation continuing for months or longer. This, in turn, would cause Trump to go off the deep end and perhaps fire Mueller, which he was already rumored to be preparing for. If Trump were to make that move, it would throw everything into chaos because of how unconstitutional it would be. Yahoo News noted:
‘And if the president does take that step, many lawmakers and legal veterans say, it will cause a political explosion unlike any the capital has seen in decades. “It will be cataclysmic,” said Richard Ben-Veniste, a former Watergate prosecutor who lived through the so-called Saturday night massacre when President Richard Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox. “It will create a constitutional crisis.”‘
Basically, it would be Watergate all over again, and we all know what the end result of Watergate was.
Republicans, however, continue to try to deflect from the investigation by bringing up contributions made to the Hillary Clinton campaign. They’ve also attempted to discredit the investigation after it was found Mueller had fired an investigator for appearing biased due to anti-Trump text messages. Frankly, it’s the stuff conspiracy nuts talk about in their basements while wearing tinfoil hats, so the government can’t listen in on them.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) commented:
‘Everything points to the fact that there was an orchestrated plan to try to prevent Donald Trump from being the next president of the United States.’
However, no one made Donald Trump Jr. sit down with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in hopes of digging up dirt on Hillary Clinton. Also, no one told him to reply back to WikiLeaks over Twitter’s direct messaging system. No one told Kushner or his “assistant” to fudge his security-clearance forms and fail to mention a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Nothing points to an “orchestrated plan” by anyone to prevent Trump from winning the presidency. If anything, the evidence points to an “orchestrated plan” to guarantee the president the presidency.
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