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Worse than Beria? Mueller Could Damage the World

Nearly a year ago Alan Dershowitz said on CNN:

I don’t like criminal investigations to start hoping that you have the target, maybe we’ll find the crime. Maybe we’ll find the statute. If we can’t find the statute we’ll stretch the statute to fit the person. That sounds like Lavrentiy Beria and Joseph Stalin. ‘Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.’ I don’t want to ever see that come to America."

Unfortunately -- through no fault of Dershowitz's, who has done yeoman work -- it has come to that, and then some.  Robert Mueller, unwittingly or not, has revealed himself  to be a loyal follower of Comrade Beria, but unlike the monstrous head of Stalin's secret police, he does his work in the unique, seemingly sanitized American way we call "process crimes."   Mueller's watchword might be "Show me the man and I'll make him so addled I can nail him for lying."  Not as pithy as Beria, but sufficient to put people like Scooter Libby in jail.

And now it's worse than a mere presidential adviser.  As everyone knows, Mueller's current target is the president himself, Donald Trump.  Whoever -- in the unending series of leaks that have corrupted our legal system beyond recognition -- released the 49 questions Mueller putatively intends to ask the president is of tangential importance.  What is important is the nature of the questions themselves -- their deliberate fishing expedition-style vagueness that no one could possibly answer correctly (what were you thinking when you....?) -- and that Mueller has evidently threatened the president with a subpoena if he does not do so.

If only Comrade Beria had had such power.  He would never have dared to subpoena Stalin. But never mind. The frightening part is the timing of this escalation of this endless witch hunt.  (Yes, Trump is accurate in his characterization.)