Robert Mueller just announced his departure from the Department of Justice. While doing so, he had this to say about his report:
“If we had had confidence that (Trump) clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so.”
That one sentence shows everything that is wrong about how this ‘investigation’ has been conducted. Our system of justice is based on the idea one is innocent unless proven guilty beyond credible doubt. The statement above, however, assumes that unless Mueller’s team could prove Trump didn’t commit a crime, the presumption should be there was some sort of unspecified wrongdoing somewhere. It is public conviction by insinuation and gossip.
That is a standard of justice none of us would ever want to face. “Well, your honor, the accused has an alibi and lacks a clear motive, but if we were confident they didn’t kill the victim, we would say so.” Forcing someone to “prove a negative” is one of the basic logical fallacies. This latest comment by Mueller is an attempt to revive the dead horse of his report at a time when the circumstances surrounding the start of said report are themselves under increasing scrutiny. Unbelievable.
As a person, Trump is no saint. The electorate who put him into office already took that into consideration, and still decided he was a better option than Her Hillariness. Everything that has transpired since then has been rooted in the fact the Democrats cannot accept that decision. Nor can they accept the fact their increasingly hysterical efforts to overturn a valid election have failed to bear fruit for going on three years now. Their behavior shows they are willing to wreck the Republic rather than concede.
And wreck it they still may. The House Democrats’ flirtation with impeachment proceedings got a boost from a maverick Republican-in-name-only who now publicly agrees with them. Note carefully, however, that nobody has laid out a specific charge against the president that would justify impeachment. This is an emotional appeal, not a reasoned argument. As such, they are spinning up their base. And to the extent they try to go through with impeachment, they will spin up Trump’s base, who are already convinced the Establishment they rejected in 2016 will never yield power or pursue the real interests of actual Americans. So with emotions at fever pitch, let’s say the Democrats pass articles of impeachment in the House. Barring an unexpected revelation, I don’t see the Senate agreeing to convict and remove the president (and, in my opinion, that would be the correct response). So what happens next?
Let’s all pray we don’t have to find out. This clown show has gone on far too long already.