Beating a Dead Horse

Bill Neinast

A century ago, Will Rogers was the premier humorist.  Politics was one of his favorite topics.

When he had the spotlight, you would hear things like, "Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous.”

That observation is frequently restated as, “The only time the country is safe, is when Congress is not in session.”

How things have changed in a hundred years.  Congress is currently in recess for six weeks, but the threats continue unabated.

Maybe it is the 24 hour news cycle and the new social media that needs material around the clock, but the only thing to read, hear or watch are the latest murders around the country and the ridiculous effort of Congress to redo the last national election.

The Socialist-Democrats in the House of Representatives are livid that Bob Mueller did not hand them an implacable offense on a platter.  Even Mueller’s highly partisan group of 19 attorneys could not provide them with credible evidence of an offense like  obstruction of justice.

In this regard, a basic question is never addressed.  The Mueller committee was appointed to investigate whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russians in the 2016 election.  How, then, did they spend much of their time investigating obstruction of justice claims?

Obstruction of justice is defined in section 1503 of the federal criminal code as an act that "corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.”

Section 1505 applies that Act to proceedings before Congress or federal administrative agencies.

There is ample evidence that our President wanted to fire or replace Mueller during the investigation.  He talked about it, but he never pulled the string.  Instead, he cooperated fully with the investigation by not claiming Executive Privilege for members of his inner circle.  

Actually, he provided the committee all the material it requested and submitted his own testimony.  So how could that be Obstruction of Justice?

That question or concept must be too deep for Representative Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and his  fellow Socialist-Democrats on the committee.  They continue to hunt during the recess for some little tid-bit the Mueller Committee overlooked.

For example, they have subpoenaed the private 

E-mails of our President’s daughter and son-in-law.  As authority for the subpoena, they cite another committee’s subpoena of Hillary Clinton’s private E-mails when she was Secretary of State.

They conveniently overlook the difference between the two subpoenas.  Clinton was using her private account for official government communications.  There is no indication, however, that the Kushners used or attempted to use their private accounts for official government business.

Do Nadler and his associates propose opening the E-mail accounts of every citizen to see if there just might be something to hang on the White House?

So here’s the perspective.

If Bob Mueller’s team found specifically that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or any other country, what are the chances of some unhappy, irate congressmen proving them wrong?

If the Mueller team was allowed to complete its investigation and report without interference, including tons of material willingly supplied by the Trump administration, how  can there be Obstruction of Justice?

The answer to both questions is a simple No!

Nadler and his associates continuing this inquiry during the recess  renews the offer made here several weeks ago of a reward for anyone finding a figment of intelligence in their brains.

Keep looking and hoping. 



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