Robert Mueller’s investigation into “Russian collusion” has finally concluded. That’s pretty much all that’s likely to ever be concluded on the matter until Trump leaves office. The MSM and the Democrats will never drop it because doing so would be an implicit admission that they were wrong all along. From a rhetorical standpoint, Mueller didn’t actually “exonerate” Trump. Moreover, the legitimacy of his inquisition is being called into question as an additional justification for more of the same.
“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) March 24, 2019
Congressional investigations will go on without fail. The MSM will continue its support. This all has a good probability of working out to their detriment in the 2020 elections. They’re certainly aware of the danger, but it’s way too late to back off. Persisting is the only option. Besides, the canard of “Russian interference” remains a useful justification for censoring online dissent. It’s not being contested by the GOP. Who honestly anticipates that The Alliance for Securing Democracy will just fold up shop?
As for Trump, here’s a reaction that sums his approach thus far: “hopefully somebody is gonna look at the other side. This was an illegal take down that failed, and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side.” Yeah, hopefully.
Lindsey Graham gave a press conference spouting off about how “social media platforms can be co-opted to spread lies to pit one American against the other, if we don’t take that from this investigation that the Russians tried to do it [interfere] and they’re going to keep trying, then we missed a real big point.” Quite a political masterstroke, maintaining that the underlying premise of the hysteria is legitimate just as the GOP has done from the start.
He also echoed Trump’s non-committal language: “I’d like to find somebody like a Mr. Mueller that could look into what happened with the FISA warrant, what happened with the counterintelligence investigation. Am I right to be concerned? Seems pretty bad on its face.” Does this sound like a forceful declaration foreshadowing something decisive or just more ineffectual bluster? Their track record points to the latter. The general public doesn’t care about hot air blown in Congress.
If there was ever to be a counter investigation, now would be the appropriate inflection point. Perhaps the efforts of Rep. Devin Nunes will prove fruitful. However, the Republicans lost their House majority so he’ll be operating under constraints.
Ultimately, none of this changes the perceptions of any significant segment of the population. There are those who don’t care (nearly half of eligible voters didn’t bother in 2016), those who don’t trust the MSM and/or government, those who desperately want to believe, and people who just want Trump gone regardless. Nothing is different for any of these people than it was last week.
The reality here is that Trump could lose far more from what comes next than the Democrats. If he fails to have his fraudulent persecutors investigated, it would be incredibly demoralizing to the MAGApedes who’ve spent over two years getting frustrated with this travesty. By contrast, the Democratic base still believes and can look forward to the prospect of justice in 2020.