Mueller's manic 'investigation'

Mathew Walther:
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Has there ever been a better shaggy-dog story than the one about the crooked lobbyist for the Ukrainian government who failed to fill out some forms and cheated on his taxes and then years later advised a TV star who went down an escalator before running for president against someone who refused to campaign in the states she needed to win both before and after her emails got hacked and some D-list political operatives sent some messages asking about the emails after they were in the news and then the guy won the election and an incoming member of his administration engaged in diplomacy? We haven't quite arrived at the punchline yet, but let me go ahead and spoil it for you: Ohio goes Republican again in 2020.

From the very beginning, the special counsel investigation has been a string of anecdotes, compound adjectives ("Russia-linked"), and vanquished dreams in search of a conspiracy. The only crimes of which Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, and the rest have been accused are ones that were alleged to have been committed either well before or long after the 2016 election; in many cases, indeed, they were said to have occurred during the course of the investigation itself — process crimes. None of the charges in question were about colluding with Russia. The only one that has even directly involved the presidential election was a violation of federal campaign finance law.

The findings of the special counsel, if they are ever in fact released to the public in full, are likely to be insignificant. The investigation itself, however, has been one of the most consequential events in recent American history. It has forced the Democratic Party to change its position on Russia from "The '80s called" to clamors for a new Cold War. It has led hard-news television reporters to make comments about anodyne diplomatic proceedings that would have done the John Birch Society proud during the height of McCarthyism. It has led otherwise sensible adults to attempt to make arguments about the supposedly sacrosanct nature of the American election system that they will, I hope, find embarrassing in just a few years. It has prevented the duly elected president of the United States from doing his job, poorly or otherwise.

And all for what? The single most damning thing that has come out of the investigation is that Donald Trump was for a time interested in erecting a building in Moscow. When asked about the timing later, someone was economical with the actualité. If you think that Trump went to all the trouble of winning his party's nomination and being elected president under the least likely circumstances in American history in the hope of maybe having another luxury hotel built somewhere, I have a movie you should watch. And if you think that even the mere possibility of a candidate having financial ties to rich people in other countries — including Russia — renders him or her unfit for office, I hope you wrote in your grandpa on election day.
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Walther gets it, while most of the mainstream media is still bitterly clinging to the false narrative of the third-hand hearsay fantasies Hillary paid for and had dressed up to look like an intelligence report, i.e. the Steele Dossier.  While it is pretty clear the whole thing was an elaborate hoax, it is one that many Democrats can't let go of and promise endless investigations after Mueller fires his report. 

It was a bad faith effort by Democrats and Deep State allies from the beginning and now we have a Democrat House doubling down on their own bad faith effort to continue to try to frustrate one of the most successful presidencies in recent memory.

 Their acolytes in Twitter continue to hurl insults at the President and all who support him.  Some even resort to their own hoaxes alleging attacks by people wearing red MAGA hats.  Trump has managed to drive Democrats crazy like no one I have ever seen.

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