(National Sentinel)Â Collusion Narrative: Former U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy said in a column published Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s election might by “ugly,” but it is nevertheless on track to “clear” President Donald J. Trump.
“We must remain mindful, though, that Mueller has so far issued three sets of charges: the one against Flynn, another false-statements charge againstÂ low-level Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, and theÂ indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates,” he wrote in the New York Post.
“None of these allege any wrongdoing by President Trump or any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin.”
He further noted that, as many observers now believe, Mueller may be angling for Trump’s impeachment — as McCarthy himself observed earlier this month — but “that is a political remedy, not a legal one.”
McCarthy, who focused on national security when he was a federal prosecutor, noted further that criminal due process protections would not apply in the case of impeachment, and “theoretically,” he said, it would “be easier to prove ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ than ordinary criminal offenses. But it’s a very long shot.”
Therefore, he concluded, “the higher likelihood is that the Mueller investigation, despite all the reasonable suspicions about its partisanship, will end up exonerating the president.”
McCarthy also said that Congress should aggressively investigate any appearance of biased actors within Mueller’s investigation, especially top FBI counterintelligence investigator Peter Strzok and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
“But President Trump,” he continued, “and the rest of us…would be well advised to wait for the facts before drawing conclusions.”
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