By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) President Donald Trump’s legions of defenders who heavily criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe as little more than political exercise aimed at deposing a duly elected president should feel more justified in their conclusion.
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After spending more than $32 trillion and bringing 199 charges against 34 people and three companies, including six of Trumpâ€™s former advisers and associates, over the course of nearly two years, the former FBI director didn’t even issue a final report to the people’s representatives in Congress.
According to POLITICO, Justice Department lawyers noted the absence of a final congressional report in a court filing on Friday.
Specifically, DoJ attorneys said they could not locate any records in Mueller’s files in response to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking reports and compilations “prepared for the eventual consideration of one or more members of Congress, whether or not such records were actually transmitted to any party outside of the Special Counselâ€™s Office.”
POLITICO noted further:
The FOIA request, submitted in November 2018 by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, invoked a grand jury’s submission to the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 of a so-called “road map”to evidence in the Watergate scandal. The point-by-point guide received a spate of fresh publicity in the fall of 2018 afterÂ a judge ordered disclosure of portionsÂ of the nearly half-century-old compendium.
EPIC appeared to be seeking similar records Mueller might have prepared with an eye to sending them to Congress. After getting no response to the request, the privacy-focused group filed suit last March.
According toÂ the court filing Friday, the Justice Department’s initial search turned up no records about actual or potential reports to Congress, but the agency agreed to perform another search after EPIC refined their request. That search also came up dry, Justice lawyers told EPIC on Thursday, the filing says.
While the Mueller lawyers may not have prepared any reports explicitly labeled as referrals or potential referrals to Congress, the final report the special counsel’s team drafted last spring was prepared in anticipation that substantial portions of it would be released to the public, which includes Congress.
Recall, at the time, Democrats lambasted Attorney General William Barr and the White House for failing to make the report public. But that was due to the fact that there were many passages containing classified or otherwise privileged information that the White House realistically believed would be leaked:
The House Judiciary Committee is still battling for access to grand jury secrets in the Mueller report. Last October, a judgeÂ rejected the Trump administration’s argumentsÂ that such information should remain off limits to lawmakers. The Justice Department’sÂ appealÂ of that decision is pending at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
So in other words, after spending all of that money and indicting nearly three dozen people, Mueller and his gaggle of Democrat-donor prosecutors didn’t even draft a report to the people’s representatives that contained non-classified information summarizing findings.
If that doesn’t indicate just how political the investigation was to begin with, nothing will.
If there was legitimate evidence of “Trump-Russia collusion” or any illegal activities on the part of the president and/or people directly tied to his 2016 campaign, Mueller’s team would have found a way to deliver it to Democrats and other political opponents of Trump who wanted him tossed out of office.
They would never have just closed up shop and gone back to their lives.
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