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Trump's Golden Parachute - Dissecting the Mueller Report

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His stern visage is now probably now one of the most recognized in America and beyond. Robert Mueller in his signature G Man suit went from relative obscurity in the mainstream to near pop star level celebrity as his quiet investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russia led to sporadic and explosive indictments. Mueller carefully and methodically "worked his way in" as investigators do, patiently starting with parties on the periphery and through their ties to the main subject, slowly closed in.

In spite of his stoic demeanor and bland dress, Mueller became a larger than life character. A straight laced Bruce Wayne style superhero of the 'resistance" who served as the perfect nemesis of the Joker in the White House.

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We tuned in day after day to see what legal grappling hook Mueller might find to finally ensnare Trump. Trump like all evil villains, fired back, his twitter rants as colorful as the lines of any comic book foe. And as Trump tried through various mechanisms to thwart and derail the efforts against him, we saw Comey, Rosenstein, Sessions and former allies like Cohen, suffer his blows "BAM!" "POW!" and at times Trump appeared to be winning. Watching Trump toy with the power to terminate Rosenstein was like watching Robin, tied up and slowly heading for a certain ghastly death by giant circular saw.

It was all very dramatic. But I wasn't interested in drama. Preferring law books to comics, the investigator in me was more interested in the product, not the optics. What often seems like an "open and shut" case, obvious on its surface turns out to be media hype not based on evidence.

But in spite of the Trump''s denials, it was hard to believe this was all a nothingburger, especially as more indictments rolled in and stories changed so many times it was hard to keep track of what version/lie we were operating under. Of course concealment is not proof of guilt, but it does cause one to wonder why someone would try so hard to stop an investigation which could not prove anything. Actions speak louder than words, and hiding a gun used in a murder doesn't mean you shot the victim but it certainly is proof you had reason to want the gun hidden.

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I've heard Robert Mueller described in many ways in the press. Trump often referred to the investigation as a "witch hunt" as "baseless" and called Mueller's team "angry Democrats". While liberal mainstream media like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow hung their nightly broadcasts on the fruits of Mueller's work, with liberal print media describing him as a 'man of great integrity'. Some on the progressive left, like Comedian and Internet Journalist Jimmy Dore a fierce opponent of "Russiagate" said "Let's not forget, Mueller was the man who gave us the "weapons of mass destruction" lies that took us into Iraq".

But there was one word no one ever used to describe Robert Mueller - sloppy. He has always been a man with all his ducks in a row, whether he was marching us to war or meticulously deconstructing Trump's lies, he is a man with the capacity to focus, like a laser.

Having spent many hours in criminal law classes and working in the security industry for 13 years, I had conducted many investigations and interviews and could make out the methodology that was being employed. The indictments and guilty pleas seemed to suggest that progress was being made slowly. Some like Maddow jumped on the indictments as "proof" and assured the public that Gotham was about to be saved. While others focused on the seemingly unrelated nature of the indictments, as Fox Pundits like Hannity would say Mueller was "throwing spaghetti at a wall to see what would stick"

When the Mueller report was about to be released the frenzy in the media was at an all time high. People had built their reputations on this event. There was a lot of sh*t talking on both sides and now that sh*t was about to hit the fan.

People were invested. But I only wanted to see the evidence. And despite what the establishment Democrats had to say, Bill Barr's press conference wasn't going to make or break my opinion. I wanted to see what Mueller had been doing for the last two years and decide for myself.

I downloaded the Mueller Report on audiobooks because it would have taken me forever to read it and I wanted to know what it said front to back.

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The 448 page report took 19 hours to listen to from beginning to end. The narrative of events was familiar to what we heard in the news, but the report was like going behind the scenes. Pulling back the media curtain, taking off the Fox OR MSNBC glasses and getting a look at the raw events unfiltered.

Robert Mueller was meticulous. As he conducted his interviews, cross referenced the stories of participants, examined the factual evidence to support each version of events when there were discrepancies in the accounts. He lays out the events for us, scandalous secret meetings and conversations, attempts to hide or change evidence, lies to the press to create an official narrative, all forensically reconstructed.

The Trump Tower meeting for example. That event like so many others played out in the media as a series of stories. First, there was no meeting, then there was a meeting but Don Jr. had simply forgotten because it was so "insignificant". It was about adoptions of Russian children. Nothing to see here folks. Then finally, when hard evidence prevented the continued lies, it was a meeting, with Russians about getting"dirt" on Hillary. That's what it was from the beginning, and there was no "memory" issue or "confusion" it was lies, all lies.

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The public, the media and Democrats breathlessly anticipated the long awaited release of the Mueller report. Its release only left us with more questions and a deepe understanding of the level of corruptuon and deception this White House is capable of. So the real question is, what now? Of course Trump's supporter who I would bet have not read a single word of the report for themselves, proudly march about proclaiming Trump's 100 percent absolution. Their lazy, mindless devotion is nothing new, but in light of such blatant and obvious evidence showing Trump to be the seedy, childish, manipulative, lying, wanna be mob boss that the rest if us know him to be, only makes the divide greater.

Mueller's report was everything it was expected to be. It deliverd in a meticulous, dilligent and evidentiary way that Trump and his closest allies have no repsect for the checks and balances within the government and truly believe themselves above the law. So now what? Democrats in fear for their own political sustainability struggle to decide if they should impeach Trump.

Our country has always had serious moral and ethical issues but the fact that a large portion of the country are totally supportive of a commander in chief who acts like a mob boss, and the other half too intimidated to reign him in, I fear our democracy is in true danger.

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Thank you for your careful "dissection" of the Mueller report. Surely no one can still really believe that it exonerates the President and that is why there is such fear by Trump and his supporters of having Mueller testify in Congress about the findings of the report.

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Thank you for your comment. I could barely wait until I was through with the report to start writing this becase as you read it your rage just grows and grows. And then for it to just fall flat, to have Barr signaling Trump's base to start victory laps was unbearable. It took me several days to grt the article rhe way I wanted and I have since heard other people saying the same thing

Anyone who is parroting the nonsense that Mueller's report found nothing just hasn't read it and chooses to live in the fantasy world where Trump is a good man fighting evil


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I look forward to reading your further articles as the situation unfolds!

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I'd call it long past time to look most carefully into the origins of the report, that has caused Americans to overlook so many tangible horrors that need stopping, and examining those who truly influenced the Trump election, starting with the Trump family ties to Israel. I find these things in detail on other sites, consistent with anything I can envision as reality, but can't post many of them here for fear of being tarred with the lunatic brush of "anti-Semitism." The razor edge line on this isn't worth the headaches. Not to mention promoting doing this instead of ignoring or dissing Tulsi Gabbard, whilst reviewing Sander's capitulation to Clinton, turning 180 degrees the wrong way and misleading his untold tens of thousands of advocates, myself included.

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DONALD JUDAS TRUMP is the Greatest Genius Billionaire Family Man.

His adult children love to play board games on the floor, like Bankruptcy

(a/k/a Monopoly), Hooks and Ladders, and Par Cheesy, a golf war game

for families.

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I watched Mueller testify. Trump is a disgrace. And why he is not reigned in is beyond me. I'm so over this country. And our warring wars, and Citizens United (dis-united would be more accurate now) and non-living wages and tax cuts for the wealthy and the Corporations...s***, it's a 3 glasses of wine day...

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Leslie, you are spot on~!!~! I think I will join you. What you said does indeed call for three glasses of wine today. I will pour one now...

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So nothing found then.
Resist!!!

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I will continue to point out that Trump is a reflection of the whole nasty corrupt system. I think part of what drives the Trump hysteria narrative is people don't want to look at what their own government is really all about. It's so much more satisfying to want to eliminate the reminder than to look at it and figure out what needs to be done to undo all of the dirty dealings instead of covering them up which is all that will happen if Trump is impeached and Pence takes his place. I look at this period in our history and see our last chance to transform the human race from its colonial slave making system to one of heightened consciousness and peaceful coexistence with all life on this planet. We are going to have to do more than dump Trump if that transformation is to take place. The Mueller Report will not get us there.

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I agree that simply dumping Trump will not cure the problems corruption because the DNC is just as corrupt. We need a total overhaul of goverment. We all tlhe system has been sick fir a ling time but the Meuller report is like going to the doctor and getting an in depth diagnosis with CT Scans, Blood work the full nine yards and being told EXACTLY how sick the system is. I mean the fact that the Democrats are do8ng everything to skate around impeachment because they are neck deep in corruption themselves is proof that its on both sides .


Just wanted to clarify that I didn't intend to suggest ridding ourselves if Trump is the answer to our situation. Especially not when Pence is right behind him.


Thanks for your comments. Take care.

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