So, it’s Miller time for Mueller Time. The sad saga of the most irredeemably corrupt investigation in modern history has come to an end with the person that performed that presidential colonoscopy, Robert Mueller, telling Congress in no uncertain terms that they could “stick it” where the sun don’t shine. He isn’t going to testify. “My report is my testimony.” For the first time in two years someone in the Special Counsel’s office has done something arguably laudable. That being telling the Congress and the press to stick it. The report is a collection of rumor and innuendo, and it most certainly is not laudable.
Of course, Mr. Mueller could not help himself. He took a jab at President Trump by saying that if he could be sure Trump wasn’t guilty of obstruction he’d say so, but he agrees that the President can’t be charged. So, let’s see if I get this right. You can’t charge him because he’s the president, but you can investigate him and no charge him and spill every damning bit of rumor and innuendo while maintaining you don’t want to be political. Right. Got it.
Here’s the most farsical part of this entire circus of the mad. The chain of command goes from the President, to the Attorney General, to the Director of the FBI. The only two people who can tell the Director of the FBI what to do are the President and the AG, and only the President can fire him. The genesis of the entire “obstruction” probe was the firing of the FBI Director, a comically pompous fellow with the worst case of “little man syndrome” shown in recent years. While Comey is out talking about how fair and equitable the FBI has been in its investigations of Clinton and Trump, the rest of the DOJ is preparing to decide whether to charge him with leaking classified information to reporters. But President Trump always had the power and ability to fire Comey. He didn’t even need a reason. But he had several, including the way he bungled the Clinton investigation. So, how can a president legally executing his authority to terminate a non-performing malignant employee be obstructing justice, particularly where it had no impact on the investigation? The answer, of course, is that it cannot be obstruction, and that has been known all along. Comey could have been fired on Day 1, just like Mueller could have been fired on Day 1, because the Constitution makes the President accountable for the actions of the Executive Branch. Now, perhaps it would not have been wise to fire Mueller, because it might have precipitated an impeachment attempt, but there is no question he had the legal authority to do so.
But careful observers now realize why, at this point, Mueller is leaving the public eye. He knows he was used. He knows Comey set him up. He knows he was the intended smoke-screen for the FISA abuse and spying that went on. And he doesn’t want his name blackened any more than it already has been. He is refusing to testify not because he fears the Democrats questions, but because he knows the answers to the Republican’s questions, and if he gives those answers heads will likely roll.
The next few months will be an embarrassingly enjoyable time in American Politics. Call it the Summer of Comeuppance. Get your microwave popcorn ready. Summer’s coming.