Legal experts split on constitutionality of bills to protect Robert Mueller in Russia probe
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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.
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.
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.
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.