What happened today was not earth shattering, even if they hyped the possibilities all weekend. No. What really happened today was Mueller attempted to justify his Special Counsel’s existence. Never mind that even this flimsy justification falls short.
You can think of it as a turning point or anything else. Up until now we had this Special Counsel, appointed on specious grounds, doing what it does — expand its power and scope. The last thing it wants, needs or can stand is to have its very existence questioned. And that was its first problem.
Backstory: Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates were already under investigation before this. This whole thing went back almost ten years. But new it wasn’t.
But today Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation brought charges against the two individuals and unsealed its case against a little-known member of the campaign. That person was George Popadopolous. That’s right, they found someone even more irrelevant than Carter Page to the campaign. All of a sudden he is a household name. So he gets his 15 minutes plus. Ah, it is because of questioable connections he had and attempts to contact Russia. Well, surely that is not the whole thing. Basically, it is.
They think George Popadopolous is the person who individually justifies Meuller’s investigation. See they had nothing, started with nothing… not even the grounds to investigate. So he badly needed to show something to justify its existence. In their minds anyway, this case of George admitting to lying to the FBI does that. It is something, the something which should justify further investigation.
Forget for the minute that the whole thing seems to point more at Clinton than Trump.
Usually you have an investigation based on something. There is something to substantiate investigating. But in this case, they jumped 10 paces ahead to appoint the Special Counsel and hopefully fill in the why later, when they found something to substantiate their reason to investigate. From the beginning of the Special Counsel this was its primary mission, to justify its own existence first. Whatever that takes.
Meanwhile, just the anticipation of charges coming down sent talking heads like Douglas Brinkley to say: “this is the beginning of the end” of Donald Trump. He suggested this would distract, taint or undermine everything Trump does from now on. Beginning of the end? So confident aren’t they, for people who have not been able to substantiate this investigation till now? I’m not sure how George Popadopolous does it for them.
They needed it unsealed now because of the latest revelations on Clinton, pay to play, and Russian involvement in her “opposition research.” Quick plant a flag.
And on the Democrats’ side is a dirty dossier, a dirty campaign and a dirty candidate.
What’s even as amusing is Mueller appears to be running this investigation the same way Comey ran the Hillary investigation, like the political cabal it was.
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