The long-awaited Special Counsel report produced by Robert Mueller was delivered to Attorney General William Barr this past Friday. Donald Trump, his administration and band of supporters are claiming victory that the report did not find him conspiring with the Russia government during the 2016 presidential election.
But, did the Mueller report really clear him? As predicted, Trump and his pundits which have flamed throughout media have misstated the conclusions reached by claiming he has been totally exonerated.
“Mueller did not find Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia, also did not exonerate him on obstruction”
While team Trump spins the news that they have been absolutely vindicated by the report, a closer evaluation shows a much different summary. Prior to Robert Mueller being pulled in to investigate allegations against Trump, for the most part his life was private, especially those related to his financial dealings.
No report would have been necessary…….
Once he summarily fired James Comey, he inadvertently triggered the investigation as we know it. During that period of countless tweets, threats and other commentary never seen before by a United States president became an unfortunate side show.
Unfortunately for Trump, yes Mueller did not find a conspiracy with the Russian government. But what Mueller did find and was crafty enough to move from his specific mandate, was uncover a long history of Trump behavior which have led to criminal investigations. The Mueller report has completed and those actions will not be handled by the Special Counsel’s office. Instead other jurisdictions have taken the baton which have more freedom in their pursuit of justice and the end result is Trump is now more vulnerable than if the report had not been initiated in the first place.
The bigger picture
So, while Trump’s opponents voiced dismay of the Mueller report not providing the results they were seeking, their thirst for a Trump take-down blindsided many from seeing the bigger picture. Once they awaken from their nightmare of Trump escaping any of the Mueller indictments, they will see he actually did them a huge favor by sending the investigations to other jurisdictions.
Once Trump and his team finish their victory lap and admonishing those who they have defined as their enemies, a gauntlet of criminal investigations await them:
- The hush money investigation
- Trump’s inauguration funding
- Pro-Trump super PAC
- Trump Organization insurance policies
- Trump Organization real estate deals
- The Trump Foundation
- Trump’s taxes
- Trump’s golf club employing undocumented immigrants
- House Intelligence Committee
- House Judiciary Committee
- House Oversight Committee
- House Financial Services
- House Ways and Means Committee
- House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Senate Intelligence