By Jon Dougherty
The lamestream media is all a-flutter over the intentional ‘maybe obstruction, maybe not’ bread crumbs special counsel Robert Mueller intentionally spread throughout his 448-page report on suspected “collusion” between then-GOP president candidate Donald Trump and Mother Russia.
After two years of lying to Americans about ‘collusion’ — which was always nothing more than a fabrication of the Obama administration and its Deep State, Democrat-aligned hacks — Mueller gave the Left-wing establishment media commentariat and their congressional allies a new angle to lie about heading into the 2020 elections: The presidentÂ obstructed justice and thereforeÂ still should be removed from office.
Only, he didn’t.
The probe he was supposed to have obstructed never ended. Never even got delayed. No one on Mueller’s team was fired (except those people he let go himself, like Peter Strzrok). No one in Mueller’s orbit was replaced by POTUS (except former AG Jeff Sessions, who paved the way for Mueller to be named in the first place).
And the president even gave Mueller and his Democrat donor lawyers written answers to some of their questions.
But evenÂ Fox News is buying into the notion that some of the things POTUS Trump did or suggested in the early days of his administration and shortly after Mueller was appointed are ‘evidence’ of ‘obstruction’:
After two years of suspense, Special Counsel Robert Muellerâ€™sÂ report was releasedÂ into Washingtonâ€™s partisan scrum ThursdayÂ showing investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia â€“ as Attorney General Bill Barr declared last month â€“ but revealing an array of controversial actions by the president that were examined as part of the investigationâ€™s obstruction inquiry.
This included President Trump allegedly telling hisÂ White HouseÂ counsel in June 2017 to inform the acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and “must be removed.” The report said Trump also fumed over the original appointment — lamenting it would mean the “end of my presidency” — first telling then-DOJ leader Jeff Sessions he should resign, and later trying to get Session to take back control of the probe.
â€œOn June 17, 2017, the president called [White House Counsel Don] McGahn at home and directed him to call the Acting Attorney General and say that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and must be removed. McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,â€ the report stated, referencing the Watergate scandal.
The network reported further:
The report also revealed that when the media reported of the presidentâ€™s request for McGahn to have Mueller removed, the president directed White House officials â€œto tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed.â€
â€œMcGahn refused to back away from what he remembered happening,â€ the report said.
The report went on to explain that two days after the initial request to McGahn, the president made another attempt to â€œaffect the course of the Russia investigation.â€
â€œOn June 19, 2017, the president met one-on-one in the Oval Office with his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, a trusted advisor outside the government, and dictated a message for Lewandowski to deliver to Sessions,â€ the report said.
â€œThe message said that Sessions should publicly announce that, notwithstanding his recusal from the Russia investigation, the investigation was â€˜very unfairâ€™ to the president, the president had done nothing wrong, and Sessions planned to meet with the Special Counsel and â€˜let [him] move forward with investigating election meddling for future elections.â€™â€
Lewandowski, according to the report, said he understood what the president wanted Sessions to do.
â€œLewandowski did not want to deliver the presidentâ€™s message personally,â€ the report said, â€œso he asked senior White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver it to Sessions.â€
Dearborn ultimately did not follow through with the task.
The report also said â€œsubstantial evidence indicates that the catalystâ€ for the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was his â€œunwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation.â€ But the report said the evidence â€œdoes not establish that the termination of Comey was designed to cover up a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia.â€
The report stated that while the areas the special counsel investigated â€œinvolved discrete acts, the overall pattern of the Presidentâ€™s conduct towards the investigationsâ€ shed light on the â€œnatureâ€ of his acts. The special counsel determined that the actions investigated are divided into â€œtwo phases,â€ which they said reflected â€œa possible shift in the Presidentâ€™s motives.â€
If we’re supposed to believe that this is what amounts to “obstruction” and other nefariousness, let’s step back from the hoopla of the moment and consider a few things:
— The presidentÂ knew all along that there was no “collusion” with Russia or anyone else for that matter. So put yourself in his position; how out of the ordinary is it, then, to push back against the claims and, as head of the Executive Branch agencies, seek to counter what you know to be an investigation taking place under false pretenses?
— Trump knewÂ nothing about the ‘way Washington really works’ before he was inaugurated. So it makes sense that he would make “rookie mistakes” when trying to find his way out of a gathering storm. As a corporate leader, he was used to demanding that things get done and that people under him carry out those demands, no questions asked; things aren’t that simple when you’re president.
— As for Comey, he was in on this scheme from the beginning. There can be no denying it at this point; and for Mueller toÂ not have known that is a stretch. So those facts should be taken into consideration when reading Mueller’s report. If Comey would have had evidence that POTUS and Russia worked together to ‘steal the election from Hillary,’ he would have turned it over toÂ Obama’s AG Loretta Lynch, and got the ball rolling before the November 2016 election had even taken place.
Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh noted some of this on his program Thursday.
“This report is just the latest installment of the ongoing effort to convince as many Americans as possible that Donald Trump is illegitimate, that his election was illegitimate, that heâ€™s a bad guy and that he doesnâ€™t deserve to be president. He may not have colluded with Russia, but he sure as hell tried to get in the way of our investigation,” he said.
“This wasnâ€™t an investigation. It was an attempt at a coup. It was an attempt to throw Donald Trump out of office and nullify the election results of 2016. It was disguised as an investigation,” he said, adding:
How about looking at it from Trumpâ€™s perspective. He knows heâ€™s being set up here. He knows that he didnâ€™t do what all of this is alleging day in and day out four or five times a day for two years in every media outlet in this country. He knows he didnâ€™t do it. He knows theyâ€™re trying to run him out of office. He knows that in their term heâ€™s innocent. What would you do in this circumstance?
There is nothing “controversial” about POTUS Trump expressing frustration over a bogus allegation and fake ‘investigation’ or wanting to do something to make it go away so that he doesn’t get thrown out of office — after just having spent two-and-a-half years and hundreds of millions of dollars to get there.
Only the partisan media and their Democrat allies would think otherwise. But then they have to; 2020 is coming and they are fresh out of lies about this president to tell voters.
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