Now what are the Progressives going to do

Progressives face bleak post-Mueller landscape

BY VICTOR DAVIS HANSON Tribune News Service

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Attorney General William Barr appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on May 1.

Democrats have grown infuriated by Attorney General William Barr’s indifference to their hysteria over the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

Barr recently released a brief summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions that Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians to warp the 2016 election. Barr added that Mueller had not found enough evidence to recommend that Trump be indicted for obstruction of justice for the non-crime of collusion.

Progressives, who for 22 months had insisted that Trump was a Russian asset, were stunned. But only for a few hours.

Almost immediately, they redirected their fury toward Barr’s summation of the Mueller report. Yet few rational people contested Barr’s synopses about collusion and obstruction.

Both the Mueller report and Barr’s summation can be found on the internet. Anyone can read them to see whether Barr misrepresented Mueller’s conclusions.

Again, there have been few criticisms that Barr was wrong on his interpretation that there was no collusion and not enough evidence to indict on obstruction of justice.

But now Democrats are calling for Barr to resign or be impeached for not regurgitating the unproven allegations against Trump. In other words, Barr acted too much like a federal prosecutor rather than a tabloid reporter trafficking in allegations that did not amount to criminal conduct.

The besmirching of Barr’s conduct is surreal. He certainly has not done anything even remotely approximating the conduct of former President Obama’s two attorneys general.

Has Barr dubbed himself the president’s “wingman” or called America a “nation of cowards,” as did former Attorney General Eric Holder?

Has Barr’s Department of Justice monitored reporters’ communications or ordered surveillance of a television journalist? Has Barr used a government jet to take his family to the Belmont Stakes horse race, as did Holder?

Has Barr met secretly on an airport tarmac with the spouse of a person his Justice Department was investigating, as did former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who had such a meeting with Bill Clinton?

The Mueller report ignored the likely illegal origins of the Christopher Steele dossier, the insertion of an FBI informant into the Trump campaign, the unlawful leaking of documents, and the conflicted testimonies of former high-level intelligence officials.

All of those things were potential felonies. All in some way yielded information that Mueller drew on in his investigation. Yet Mueller never recommended a single indictment of any of the Obama-era officials who likely broke laws.

Mueller was instead fixated on possible collusion with Russia. But it is a crime to knowingly hire a foreign national to work on a presidential campaign – in other words, to “collude.” That is exactly what the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee did when they paid British subject Christopher Steele to smear Trump.

Did Mueller argue that the possible crimes of John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and other former government officials – lying to federal investigators, perjury, obstruction of justice, deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, planting an informant into a political campaign, unmasking and leaking the identities of individuals under surveillance – were only peripheral to his investigation?

Not really. After all, Mueller indicted Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, Roger Stone and others for crimes that had nothing to do with collusion and were far less serious than the improper behavior of top Obama administration bureaucrats.

So what really explains the furor now directed at Barr?

One, progressives are terrified that a number of Trump’s critics – Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe – may soon be indicted. They apparently seek to preempt such indictments by attacking Barr, a seemingly no-nonsense prosecutor who will likely follow up on any criminal referrals from any inspector general that reach his desk.

Two, the 2020 progressive agenda – whether defined as the Green New Deal, a wealth tax, Medicare for All or open borders – will not compete well with Trump’s currently booming economy. Impeaching Trump for collusion and obstruction is seen by progressives as the best (or perhaps only) way to return to power. That effort so far is failing, causing even more hysteria.

Three, the Mueller investigation is over, finished after 22 months, $34 million and a 448-page, two-volume report.

There will be no indictments of Trump for either collusion or the obstruction of justice during the investigation of that non-crime. So now what?

Since late 2015, Trump, as the supposed Russian puppet or the Machiavellian obstructer of justice, was nightly cable-TV news fare. Now, such fantasies are shattered. But progressives are not willing to let the Mueller investigation rest in peace and move on with their lives.

Perhaps they feel in the political sense that there is nothing to move on to. And they are probably right.

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and the author, most recently, of “The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern” You can reach him by emailing author@victorhanson.com.


Comments:
  1. On May 9, 2019 at 7:51 am,
    cfs says:
  2. On May 9, 2019 at 8:59 am,
    CaliJoe says:

    Hi Cory,
    Can you bring Trader Vic on your show? I would love to hear what he has to say about Gold and general stock market right now.
    Thanks!

  3. On May 9, 2019 at 9:52 am,
    Chartster says:

    The democrats trying to make AG Barr resign or try to impeach him, is just an obstruction of justice on their part.
    The public sees this, along with sedition, treason, a coup attemp, fraud and multiple other offences. Everyone (even libtards) know this by now. There could be a few cretins that don’t see it, but the court of public opinion will crush the dems when the dam of the swamp gets blown. Trumps demolition team has the dam of the swamp completely wired.
    All the deep state swamp critters are forced to the deep end of the swamp, and Trump is about to hit the detonation switch.
    Historic times watching the self destructive takedown of the deep state. (4-D)

    As Q says: these people are stupid we have Everything!

    • On May 9, 2019 at 10:32 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      Q…..is right about , these people are STUPID……..every demowhit is really stupid…

      • On May 9, 2019 at 10:40 am,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        Hoping all Americans can see through the darkness…..

    • On May 9, 2019 at 11:08 am,
      Al B Korelin says:

      I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE CORRECT

  4. On May 9, 2019 at 9:56 am,
    CFS says:

    Here is what we know so far and WHY THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE AFRAID:

    The Obama Administration with the help of allies ,including the UK spied on Trump, as soon as Trump announced he was running for the Presidential nomination in the 2016 election.
    (There is some, as yet unproven, indication that the Obama Administration has been spying on opposition members including judges, as early as 2014.)

    In order to use dirty tricks against Trump it was decided to produce sallacious opposition research. This took the form of a fake Dossier produced by Christopher Steele, an ex MI6 operative, who had also been paid by the U.S. CIA previously for spying services.

    In order to cover her treason, Hillary Clinton hired the law firm Perkins, Coie to pay for the Steele Dossier using DNC funds.
    (Perkins, Coie was Legal Counsel for the DNC.)

    Involved in the conspiracy are:
    Peter Strzok,
    Lisa Page,
    John McCain,
    James Clapper (operation Hammer)
    James Brennan,
    Susan Rice,
    Loretta Lynch,
    Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton,
    Barack Obama,
    and approx 20 others including McCabe, Bruce and Nellie Ohr.

    McCain hand-carried the fake Dossier from London to the U.S.

    The 35 page Dossier was leaked to Buzzfeed by John McCain and picked up by MSM.

    Prior to the leak of the Steele Dossier to the MSM, Seth Rich, an IT worker for the CNC, also a Bernie Sanders supporter, became distressed at HRC cheating Bernie Sanders out of the nomination as Democrat Pesidential Nominee.

    Seth Rich, who had access to DNC servers downloaded many files, ncluding HRC emails, on to a thumb drive at speeds up to 49 MegaBytes/sec.
    (Speed estimates using file size and time stamps by William Binnie.)
    Seth Rich then handed this information over to Julian Assange.

    During the Campaign for the 2016 election at least three Russian-connected operatives had been introduced to Trump for the purpose of being able to label him as a person guilty of Russian Collusion. (Trump never got involved with them.)

    Perkins, Coie hired Fusion GPS to produce the opposition research.
    The Founder of Fusion GPS was Glenn Simpson who hired his longterm friend Christopher Steele, to generate the dossier.

    After two years of investigation into the 3016 election the Mueller Report announced Trump innocent of any Russian Collusion.
    However, the Democratic Party has deliberately used the Steele Dossier, charges of Russian collusion and the Mueller investigation to effectly partly paralyse the Trump Administration.

    One can see why Trump is trying to get Julian Assange deported to the U.S. in order to get him to testify as to the Democrat conspiracy to impede Trump and falsely allege Russian collusion, when all along it has been the 30 or so Democrat conspirators that have been really colluding.

    • On May 9, 2019 at 11:13 am,
      Al B Korelin says:

      I certainly hope this goes down in history as fact. Thanks for your insigh.

  5. On May 9, 2019 at 11:28 am,
    CFS says:

    I think all the above can be proven.

    The only thing really in doubt is how early the spying started and how extensive it was.
    It is possible it started about 2012 and extended to include spying on Supreme Court Justices.
    This would certainly explain how Obamacare was accepted by the Supreme Court in a unique way.

  6. On May 9, 2019 at 12:40 pm,
    AJ says:
  7. On May 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm,
    cfs says:

    The start of uncovering of the skeletons in the Democrat closet:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM-BpMQ8oGA

  8. On May 9, 2019 at 3:13 pm,
    irishtony says:

    An Oldy, but Goody……Have a look you PUNKS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DGl-4gByV4

  9. On May 9, 2019 at 5:17 pm,
    cfs says:

    Made my Day.

  10. On May 9, 2019 at 5:23 pm,
    CFS says:

    Do you feel Lucky?
    Well, do ya, Punk?

  11. On May 9, 2019 at 5:30 pm,
    cfs says:
  12. On May 9, 2019 at 7:23 pm,
    CFS says:
  13. On May 9, 2019 at 9:11 pm,
    cfs says:
  14. On May 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm,
    CFS says:

    The revelation continued on Hannity tonight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG_UjeZQjvE

  15. On May 9, 2019 at 11:00 pm,
    cfs says:

    Answering the question, “what are progressives going to do”…..

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/text

    This bill, if passed, would allow for a permanent Democrat-controlled Congress.
    Voting by illegals allowed.
    loopholes for cheating allowed.

    • On May 10, 2019 at 5:55 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      The libtards……..will pass it, before they read it……I guarantee , they do not understand it……

      • On May 10, 2019 at 9:27 am,
        cfs says:

        Feinstein is NOT stupid…..Crooked, maybe, but not stupid.
        This Bill was HIGH PRIORITY….the first bill introduced in the House this year.

        • On May 10, 2019 at 9:38 am,
          OOTB Jerry says:

          Maybe not stupid , but an idiot thinking nobody knows what she is doing…..

          • On May 10, 2019 at 9:45 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Wonder why Feinstein ….did not take her husband’s name…..Blum
            Richard Charles Blum is an American investment banker and husband of United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. ….Wonder if she is Askenazi……

          • On May 10, 2019 at 10:28 am,
            cfs says:

            I don’t know what name she uses in private, but if you look at her actual signature on paper one can read the Dianne clearly which is followed by two words which are illegible…..she could actually be using her husband’s name in her legal signature.

          • On May 10, 2019 at 10:54 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Secrets………keep it from the gentiles……

          • On May 10, 2019 at 10:58 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Dang……..look at those names………
            Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (/ˈfaɪnstaɪn/; born Dianne Emiel Goldman, June 22, 1933) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from California. She took office on November 4, 1992. A member of the Democratic Party, Feinstein was Mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

  16. On May 10, 2019 at 9:23 am,
    cfs says:

    From The Federalist:


    Did Robert Mueller Tap Fusion GPS And Christopher Steele To Assist His Anti-Trump Investigation?
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside contractors, including private investigators and researchers, records show, but his office refuses to say who they were.
    Paul Sperry
    By Paul Sperry
    MAY 9, 2019
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside contractors, including private investigators and researchers, records show, but his office refuses to say who they were. While it’s not unusual for special government offices to outsource for services such as computer support, Mueller also hired contractors to compile “investigative reports” and other “information.”

    The arrangement has led congressional investigators, government watchdog groups and others to speculate that the private investigators and researchers who worked for the special counsel’s office might have included Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the private research firm that hired Steele to produce the Russia collusion dossier for the Clinton campaign.