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Special counsel Robert Mueller's two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.

Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller's investigation of an alleged crime.

  1. There was never a crime of collusion. Mueller early on in his endeavors must have realized that truth, but he pressed ahead anyway. It is almost impossible to prove obstruction of nothing.
  2. Trump cooperated with the investigation. He waived executive privilege. He turned over more than 1 million pages of administrative documents. He allowed then-White House counsel Don McGahn to submit to over 30 hours of questioning by Mueller's lawyers.
  3. Anyone targeted by a massive investigation who knows he is innocent of a crime is bound to become frustrated over a seemingly never-ending inquisition.

Trump's reported periodic rages at the Muller investigation are regrettable but not unnatural, given that Mueller expended a huge amount of government resources to confirm what many knew at the outset: There was never any collusion with the Russian government to warp the 2016 election.

Yet Mueller's team went down every blind alley relating to its investigation--except where Obama-era officials were likely culpable for relevant unethical or illegal behavior.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants were integral to Mueller's investigations. But there is no mention of how the FISA court was deceived by not being told that the chief evidence used to obtain the warrants was an unverified dossier paid for in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Former FBI Director James Comey figures into the Mueller report. But there is no curiosity about whether he broke the law in leaking what may well have been four classified memos of private presidential conversations to the press for the purpose of forcing an appointment of a special counsel.

The Christopher Steele dossier likewise makes an appearance in the Mueller report. But for a team investigating the alleged collusion of foreigners in a U.S. election, there is silence about the salient fact that Steele, a foreign national, enlisted other foreign nationals to dig up dirt on Trump to weaken his election chances--with part of the funding for this research provided by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

What bothers many Americans about the collusion hoax is the accompanying sanctimony of the so-called investigators.

Comey wrote a memoir, A Higher Loyalty. Its eponymous themes are Comey's ethics and principles. But Comey may well have misled the FISA court and possibly lied under oath to a House committee. He was not candid with federal investigators and leaked confidential and classified government memos.

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe also wrote a memoir, The Threat. Its argument is that FBI kingpins such as McCabe protect America from dangers such as Donald Trump. But McCabe himself is under criminal referral for lying to federal investigators. His sworn congressional testimony cannot be reconciled with Comey's. McCabe also likely misled the FISA court. And he apparently contemplated staging a near-coup to remove an elected president through the deliberate misuse of the 25th Amendment.

Former CIA Director John Brennan is a paid analyst for MSNBC who often railed about Trump's "treason" and predicted his indictment. Yet Brennan has lied under oath to Congress on two occasions. He likely misled Congress about his role in trafficking in the Steele dossiers. And Brennan's CIA may well have helped the FBI use informants abroad to entrap Trump campaign aides in efforts to find dirt on Trump.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is a CNN analyst who often predicted that a supposedly treasonous Trump would be indicted. Clapper too has lied to Congress under oath. He once denied and then admitted to leaking confidential documents.

The problem with the Mueller investigation, and with former intelligence officials such as Brennan, Clapper, Comey and McCabe, is pious hypocrisy. Those who have lectured America on Trump's unproven crimes have written books and appeared on TV to publicize their own superior virtue. Yet they themselves have engaged in all sorts of unethical and illegal behavior.

The only mystery left is whether our elite investigators actually believe their own delusions. Or were they constantly broadcasting their virtue as a preventive defense against growing evidence of their own moral lapses?

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Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Editorial on 04/25/2019

Print Headline: Driven by pious hypocrisy

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  • pcrasehotmailcom
    April 25, 2019 at 8:33 a.m.

    Preach!

  • Morebeer
    April 25, 2019 at 9:12 a.m.

    Trump didn’t fully cooperate. He refused to be interviewed. The questions he agreed to accept in writing were limited and peppered with “can’t recall” responses. His misleading letter about the Trump Tower meeting made investigators suspicious and caused a larger inquiry. Mueller did find that Trump campaign associates welcomed Russian assistance and shared polling data with Russians (which may have been used to assist the disinformation campaign), but he didn’t find a conspiracy by the campaign to cooperate with Russia. This conclusion was limited in part by the inability to question many of the foreign participants in Russia’s pro-Trump effort.
    It’s completely false to say Mueller found no “actionable” obstruction of justice. He noted several courses of action: impeachment by the Congress and prosecution after leaving office.
    This columnist makes Sean Hannity seem downright sentient. Not sure his ultra partisan views belong in a respectable newspaper.

  • mrcharles
    April 25, 2019 at 9:44 a.m.

    preach it like preaching 1 john 5:7, something that is made up by men who have an agenda to follow, regardless of the truth. Delta123, I know I dont have to tell you about the wrongness of that interpolation to your holy book.

    yet merica still stands, and yes DT still with the full support of the gop and the usual suspects here, believes putin and DT still stands by, merica is not so innocent [ I am now begging to know what we are no so innocent about, asking on bended knee to be enlightened by the usual suspects here of the meaning they support].

    Just because putin speaks highly of DT, and the russian parliment cheered the triumph of DT [ or as they say, the triumph of russia in merica]doesnt mean you of the right do not qualify as hypocrites . Thank you DT for bringing out hypocrisy of the evangelicals and the right wingers. So much BS preached, yes preached , by such pharisees .

    Please ignore muller, except where it serves the right wing mantra. Remember good christians pick and choose which parts of their booklets to follow.

    morebeer, I riddle you this, what is the purpose of the ADG, other than being the media arm of the gop and to satisfy the trumpettes with bits of nonsense in the grand tradition of fox. AFter all what they say is not fake news , you know , like Obama was born in hawaii not kenya , or he is responsible for what his grandfather thought whether he likes it or not, or even that while he denies he won an award by the muslim brotherhood, he used the federal government to accumulate stacks of ammunition to either use against mericans if he decided not to leave office after his second term or that he would hand the ammunition over to his half white half negro army.

    mother russia, you did well, but being fair, not much of an accomplishment really in dealing with a 6 time bankruptcy philander who takes to heart the Whore of babylon ideas [ anyway the whore part he likes]

  • adrink
    April 25, 2019 at 11:34 a.m.

    Turns out that President Trump was the most honest and helpful person in the whole Russia-gate affair. Clapper, Comey, Brennan, McCabe, Hillary, Ohr, Ohr, Baker, and many others as it turns out were the real liars and traitors. They were working with foreign agents to create dirt on Trump and carrying that dirt like they thought it might be truth. What liars. This should be a lesson that America can be taken down with just a little misstep. And the media carried known lies and called President Trump things that they would never have called any other president - not even George W Bush. The media bares a very large part of the blame for the whole affair getting started and dragging on for two years. The swamp fears Trump because he will do what he has promised. If he is successful, much of the swamp will be drained.

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    April 25, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.

    Thank God its OVER

  • WhododueDiligence
    April 26, 2019 at 8:33 a.m.

    "This columnist makes Sean Hannity seem downright sentient."
    *
    They both seem downright mad. Talking-head Hannity talks madly. This think-tanking columnist writes madly. That which Trump madly tweets, they madly preach. And they're madly preaching to Trump's howling mad choir. The mad tweeter, the mad talking head, the mad think-tanking columnist, and the howling mad choir all madly portray themselves as the most innocent of mad victims.

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