The Hunt for the Red Nothing Burger
"President Trump's campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election, according to a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report submitted to Congress on Sunday," reported the BBC. NPR adds:
"The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russian in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election," Barr writes in his letter to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees delivered Sunday afternoon.
Mueller made a considerable effort: employing 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents, issuing 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 230 communications orders, 50 orders for pen registers, 13 requests to foreign governments for evincing, and interviewing 500 witnesses — yet ultimately finding n0 collusion. Mueller assiduously prosecuted what was presented as a definite contact. Yet after the equivalent of a destroyer captain carrying out numerous active sonar searches, MAD detection sweeps, and a bottom search he found nothing.
But a negative result isn't a total waste. It shows what is not there. While Mueller brought indictments for the ordinary kind of Washington crime against several persons, he found no collusion. Like a patient who after a battery of tests finds he has acid reflux and ulcers but no stomach cancer, a negative result is full of information. The taxpayer paid a lot of money for the equivalent of Mueller's tests and while not everyone may like the negative result, there it is. The rational thing for the Democrats to do is find a good candidate to oppose Trump in 2020 -- or they can keep investing money in finding the phantom sub but with little objective hope of finding it.
Perhaps the most damaging legacy of the 2016 campaign was the Steele dossier. Its authors created their own MacGuffin. They launched their own decoy then fired all their warshots on the noisemaker of their own device. Now all tubes are expended and the sonarman reports "torpedo circling back." Ironically it's the Democrats, not the Republicans, who should be most outraged at the dossier. How the devil did they fire all available tubes at a nothing burger?
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