The Cohen plea deal has been interesting. Across the old media pundits have been licking their chops. It’s Mueller Time! Again. We think. Probably? Oh for sure. They got him. The Trump bastard is going down.
Maybe. Maybe THIS time will be the time. Maybe the dreams of the pundits will be realized THIS TIME. Maybe this time Orange Man’s powers won’t work. Maybe this time, with a Democratic Congress on the way they finally got him – for something. Friggen ANYTHING.
But maybe not. In fact, very likely not.
It would be nice if we could get past the Mueller stuff and focus on actual policy. It would be nice to criticize Mr. Trump for his legitimate mistakes rather than have to continue listening to the blathering about Stormy Daniels, or false reports of Manafort meeting with Julian Assange (this was a particularly egregious bit of “fake news” from The Guardian last week) or whatever. There are real things happening. China, Europe, North Korea, tariffs. Lot’s of stuff. But “Orange Man Bad” is all we hear from some news outlets.
Perhaps this time, two years in, Mueller finally came up with something. But as The National Review explained two days ago, “Special Counsel Mueller is building a report, not a case.”
Despite the yearning of the president’s “enemies” Mueller does not appear to have much.
The real flaw was the assumption that Special Counsel Mueller is lining up witnesses and building a criminal case, as prosecutors do.
He is not.
The nine-page charging document filed with the plea deal suggests that the special counsel is using the Moscow tower talks to connect Trump to Russia. But congressional investigators with House and Senate committees leading inquiries on the Russia question told RealClearInvestigations that it looks like Mueller withheld from the court details that would exonerate the president…
Generally speaking conspirators don’t have to cold email the people with whom they wish to conspire.
Indeed things are not looking good for the folks who desperately want SOMETHING, ANYTHING, to come from the Mueller investigation. Cohen’s plea looks to be another nothingburger. And how many nothingburgers is it at this point?