Robert Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr on March 24th, concluding there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Attorney General also concluded that there was not sufficient evidence that any form of obstruction occurred.
This investigation, regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, lasted over two years and is reminiscent of other year long investigations— the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Benghazi investigations. During the 2016 election, Democrats argued that these investigations exonerated Hillary Clinton. Many people even claimed the investigations only existed as an attempt for Republicans to waste taxpayer dollars, and spur controversy.
Democrats can’t use that talking point in relation to Hillary Clinton anymore— unless they also conclude that the Mueller investigation exonerated Trump. If your standard is agreeing with the Justice Department, then Clinton and Trump are innocent. If your standard is innocent until proven guilty, years of investigations should set you at ease.
There should be no simple rule in place for these types of circumstances. But for years, the Democratic party has used those arguments against Republicans. The only way to draw a well reasoned conclusion is a full examination of the facts and the law.
Mueller’s investigation concluded with six Trump advisers being indicted. All six of these men were indicted for lying to investigators. Crimes were committed by the indicted individuals, but none of the evidence linked the crimes to the President.
Was Trump responsible for hiring terrible people? Absolutely, but there is no evidence he was responsible for any of the crimes examined by Mueller.
The Clinton investigations, however, tell a much different story. Then FBI director, James Comey, confirmed during the email investigation that then candidate Clinton lied about the existence of classified emails. The investigation also concluded that they were “extremely careless” with the handling of emails. James Comey points out gross negligence alone is a crime.
There is also a compelling case for an obstruction of justice indictment against Clinton during the Benghazi investigation. On March 4, 2015, records were subpoenaed from Hillary Clinton’s private server. More than twenty days later, the 30,000 emails were deleted by a staffer using the program bleachbit.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”- James Comey
Even the former FBI director acknowledges laws were broken by Hillary Clinton. This is substantially more evidence than any investigation has yielded against Trump. But, as legal experts have pointed out, just because an investigation doesn’t find something doesn’t mean it did not happen. It is entirely possible both Clinton and Trump committed terrible crimes that should result in significant jail time. The crimes actually discovered, however, pile up higher for Clinton than the President.
My issue here is not with Hillary Clinton. Had she been elected President, these investigations and prosecutions would have been incredibly important to learn the truth., but we don’t live in a world where Hillary Clinton is president. The issue here is with the hypocrisy.
The people who, for years, claimed our President was being controlled by Putin have already transitioned to saying he is guilty in the Southern District of New York case. Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand and the rest of her party are already doubling down on the Mueller report. These are not people who want genuine investigations into our politicians. These are not people that accept the conclusions reached from investigations.
The culture of high profile political investigations has to end for the health of the country, whether that means these investigations happening behind closed doors without leaks or a reduction in the number in these investigations. The direction we go in will change the face of politics.
The worst thing to be in politics is a hypocrite.
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