Trump Witch Hunt Over: No American Was Even Charged With Conspiring With Russia

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Not a single US citizen was charged, let alone convicted, of conspiring with Russia to influence the election.

Today, Robert Mueller has concluded his Trump-Russia Investigation, handing the report to Attorney General William Barr.

Thanks to Glen Greenwald for the Tweet Chain of the day. It regards the witch hunt which just concluded.

Tweet Chain of the Day

  • The Mueller investigation is complete and this is a simple fact that will never go away: not one single American was charged, indicted or convicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election - not even a low-level volunteer. The number is zero.
  • Compare what cable hosts (let's leave them unnamed) & Democratic operatives spent two years claiming this would lead to - the imprisonment of Don, Jr., Jared, even Trump on conspiracy-with-Russia charges - to what it actually produced. A huge media reckoning is owed.
  • Don't even try to pretend the point of the Mueller investigation from the start wasn't to obtain prosecutions of Americans guilty of conspiring with Russia to influence the outcome of the election or that Putin controlled Trump through blackmail. Nobody will believe your denials.
  • Are we now ready to rid ourselves of the thrilling espionage fantasy that Trump is controlled by Putin and the Kremlin using blackmail? There's no way Robert Mueller would have gone 18 months without telling anyone about this if it were true, right? How could that be justified?
  • Perhaps now we can focus on the actually consequential actions the Trump administration is taking and finally move past the deranged conspiracy theories that have drowned US discourse for 2+ years. A side benefit will be not ratcheting up tension between 2 nuclear-armed powers.
  • Giving up these exciting conspiracy theories about international blackmail & convening panels to decipher all the genius hidden maneuvers of Mueller will be bad for cable ratings, book sales & the Patreon accounts of online charlatans. But it'll be very healthy in all other ways.
  • The desperate attempts to salvage something from this debacle by the Mueller dead-enders are just sad. Yes, the public hasn't read the Mueller report. But we *know* he ended his investigation without indicting a single American for conspiring with Russia to influence the election.
  • Trump, Jr. testified for hours and hours before Congress, including about the Trump Tower meeting. If he lied there, or to Mueller, why didn't Mueller indict him for perjury, lying to Congress or obstruction? Same questions for Kushner. Stop embarrassing yourselves.
  • US discourse has been drowned for 2+ years with conspiratorial, unhinged, but highly inflammatory and unhinged idiocy - playing games with two nuclear-armed powers because of anger over the 2016 election. It's time to stop. Mueller ended his work. We see the public indictments.
  • And to be clear: I've urged a full investigation into these Trump/Russia claims from the start, from before Mueller was appointed, with full disclosure. I still favor that - precisely to end the reckless speculation to which we've been endlessly subjected.

For those who may be wondering, Greenwald is a Socialist Progressive who supports OAC, not of the rabid-Right.

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Huge Media Reckoning Owed

A huge media reckoning is owed, but don't expect one.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock​

Comments (55)
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shamrock
shamrock

Ken Starr didn't have any indictments but Clinton was still impeached.

AWC
AWC

Mr. Mueller must have turned over a rock implicating the Clinton Machine, somewhere in his Witch Hunt, prompting the dropping of that hot potato? Hell, if ya haven't heard a rumor by noon, start one, right?

thimk
thimk

reds under the bed

Blurtman
Blurtman

Does anyone want politicians who were constantly claiming collusion running the country? They have no reasoning capability, are hysterical and vindictive.

ksdude
ksdude

If they were smart they would've waited till now to start this crap and have it hanging over his head during the next election. Dont really matter, the diehard crowd will believe whatever the left tells them and block out the truth regardless.

shamrock
shamrock

Trump only has himself to blame. From the historic miscalculation of firing Comey to obstruct the investigation, followed by 2 years of incessant tweeting and whining to ensure that the Mueller probe was always in the news instead of running quietly in the background, Trump was a true moron.

Cichocki
Cichocki

You are so sensationalist Mish. None of this wasn’t true yesterday.

pgp
pgp

Clearly fake news laws don't apply to the establishment media machine. Forget rule-of-law, welcome to the modern democratic world of rule-by-propaganda.

Greggg
Greggg

Adam Schiff ain't letting this go... he's so angry that his eyes are bulging.

Sechel
Sechel

Too soon to summarize when nobody has seen the report yet. The investigation was important. Russians did interfere with the election despite Trump's denial. We don't know why nobody was charged. Could be lack of sufficient evidence. Could be that there was proof of unscrupulous conduct that didn't rise to the level of criminality. Based on what we do know lots of unseemly conduct occurred.

Sechel
Sechel

Manafort and Stone refused to talk Trump talked pardon. All had a unique defnese sharing agreement. Maybe nothing happened and maybe everyone kept quiet. I have no doubt that Mueller did the best job possible. I'm still waiting on the report. Doesn't feel like we're dealing with boy scouts here.

George_Phillies
George_Phillies

I still think at a minimum the AG need to finish reading the report. At some point one might wonder how Russian spy agencies could know so little about US politics as to be trying to invest in Trump rather than Clinton, who appeared more likely to win.

BillSanDiego
BillSanDiego

The only outcome by Mueller even putativley relative to the election is that Russians made some Facebook posts for the purpose of selling advertising which Mueller and company could pretend was pertinent to the election.

Carl_R
Carl_R

The best quote I've seen on this was from Bill Maher: “Did the Democrats put too must trust in the Mueller report? Because I don’t need the Mueller report to know he’s a traitor. I have a TV".

There you have it. A thorough investigation costing many millions of dollars doesn't matter because of his faith in the entertainment industry.

Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

Can no one see some good from this? Yesterday the President was under this cloud. Today the cloud has been removed. I'd call it a good thing that widely held suspicions were proved wrong. Lord knows the President has enough other clouds to deal with. They should be enough to keep his critics baying at the moon for the rest of his presidency. (I am not a Trump supporter, but right is right..)

Ebowalker
Ebowalker

This whole thing was about setting perjury traps and investigating trumps business dealings. If a nuclear war with Russia became slightly more likely so be it because democratic good and Republican bad... or flip it around it you are on the other side.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“A huge media reckoning is owed, but don't expect one”

Reckoning shmeckoning. The only thing a person CAN do is watch “Citizen 4” the 2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary :

abend237-04
abend237-04

Zero is such a disgusting number when it confounds and undermines one's firmly-anchored worldview. Better to console oneself with thoughts of the billions in revenue from inciting the opposing mobs than confront it. As Churchill said of the truth. "...in the end, there it is..." and utterly indifferent to us all. Move on, indeed.

timbers
timbers

"Russia interfered in the election" is Democrats "WMD in Iraq" moment.

Some Dems saw thru the WMD in Iraq lies. That is why it is so ironic the same folks who told us WMD in Iraq, are believed by Dems when they tell us the lies that Russia interfered in the election only because Dems have been blinded by their hatred of Trump.

You'd think Dems would have learned. But, they fell for the Russia nonsense just like Republicans fell for the WMD in Iraq nonsense.

Reminder:

The original claim that started it all, is that the "Russians" hacked DNC internet and gave Podesta's damning emails to Wikileaks - emails that showed how corrupt Hillary and the DNC is.

The is has been proven to be false. That is not a opinion, it is an incontrovertible fact.

The download speeds of the info downloaded have been analyzed (See Bill Binny) and they can NOT be achieved via internet. They can only be done by direct hookup to the device. These means the it was not a hack but an internal leak by someone within the DNC office. And if you think about it, it's much more likely a disgruntled Bernie supporter saw that Hillary was doing to Bernie what she falsely accused Russia was doing to her...and decided to show us how corrupt Hillary is.

And it's not just downloads. The artifacts on the emails are not consistent with internet downloads but with thumbnail or similar direct hookup downloads.

AWC
AWC

Indictment or not, the Witch hunt continues. Shows to go ya,,,,the judicial process has been assumed by the Fourth Estate.

dtj
dtj

The Russia/Putin/Trump distraction has been going on since November 2016. 28 long months of distracting the American public from the real issues facing them - which is their declining standard of living and the country falling apart all around them.

No need for the Russia story anymore as now Americans will be distracted by the Presidential race, which will drag on until Nov. 2020. That's all you'll hear about in the news until then, 24/7.

Meanwhile, the country will continue to decline and fall apart while the looting and pillaging and corruption continues with no pushback from the people because they are too zombified and distracted by the "news" that is being fed to them.

Sechel
Sechel

it was never a witch hunt. why adopt the stupid mantra trump's been tweeting? would have hoped you'd be more neutral in your descriptions and stick to facts instead of colorful hyperbole.

this is just phase one ending. the real action is happening in the sdny so too soon to celebrate

Mish
Mish

Editor

"it was never a witch hunt."

Of course it was. A two-year investigation in which no one was even charged, let along convicted of colluding with Russia to influence the election is proof enough.