Mueller’s Failure Exposes the Limits of Prosecutorial Liberalism

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A collection of gift items with Robert Mueller

Historians of the distant future will be puzzled by many events in the Trump presidency, perhaps no more confusing than the bizarre cult that grew up around Robert Mueller, the special adviser who investigated Russian election interference from 2017 to 2019. During those years there were a significant number of liberals who thought Muller was the savior who would rid America of Trump. How The New York Times written down Shortly after the Müller report was submitted, fans of the special advisor “Mr. Müller, a former F.B.I. Director, into an anti-Trump cultural icon, complete with t-shirts, scented candles, and holiday-themed songs like “We Wish You a Mueller Christmas”.

Saturday night live did an ongoing series of skits with Alec Baldwin as crouching Donald Trump who lived in fear of Müller, played by Robert De Niro as a tough, laconic and threatening police officer. Two prominent online resistance liberals, Ed and Brian Krassenstein, published a children’s book That Loud The New York Times, “pictured Müller as a superhero – complete with shirtless, muscular pose. “(The Krassensteins responded to the mockery of their book by claiming it was a” parody “.)

The Müller cult now looks ridiculous – and not just because the special adviser came to the ambiguous conclusion that the Trump campaign welcomed Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, but because there wasn’t enough evidence of a criminal conspiracy. Rather, what makes the Müller cult seem hopelessly naive is strong evidence that the special adviser, far from frightening Trump, was intimidated by the president.

Former prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who helped oversee the investigation against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, reflects on the Mueller team’s failure in his upcoming book. Where the law ends: within the Müller investigation, should be released next week.

How New York Times Reporter Charlie Savage detailsThe new book highlights a number of significant areas in which the Mueller investigation gained its clout, most notably the fact that a silence fund used to pay adult film actress Stormy Daniels received “payments to a Russian oligarch,” according to Weissmann. Another important episode concerns the issuing of secret summons to Deutsche Bank to uncover details of possible Ukrainian funds that have been sent to Manafort. Although the summons were supposed to be secret, news of them went to the White House, which vigorously opposed this line of investigation. The White House appears to have feared that Deutsche Bank loans to the Trump organization could also be investigated. The result of the dispute was that Mueller’s team withdrew from any investigation into Deutsche Bank’s relationship with Trump.

“Had we used all the tools available to uncover the truth, undeterred by the onslaught of the President’s unique powers to undermine our efforts?” Weissmann asks: “I know the difficult answer to this simple question: we could have done more.”

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