Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not done going after President Donald Trump.
The man who was in charge of investigating the Russian collusion hoax has penned an op ed for The Washington Post decrying the commutation of the sentence of former advisor to President Trump, Roger Stone.
“I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office. The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” he said in the opinion piece.
The former FBI director gave a history lesson on how the Russia investigation to began, with the idea being to disprove President Trump’s claims that the investigation was a witch hunt.
“We now have a detailed picture of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel’s office identified two principal operations directed at our election: hacking and dumping Clinton campaign emails, and an online social media campaign to disparage the Democratic candidate. We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel — Stone among them. We did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities. The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts,” Mueller said.
The key line in that paragraph is, again, that they did not find any collusion between the Russians and the campaign of President trump.
“Uncovering and tracing Russian outreach and interference activities was a complex task. The investigation to understand these activities took two years and substantial effort. Based on our work, eight individuals pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial, and more than two dozen Russian individuals and entities, including senior Russian intelligence officers, were charged with federal crimes,” he said.
“Congress also investigated and sought information from Stone. A jury later determined he lied repeatedly to members of Congress. He lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases. He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress,” he said.
No one is saying that Stone did not commit a crime but, in fairness, Mueller is verifying what President Trump said to be true.
If not for the investigation, that showed there was no collusion, Roger Stone would have never been convicted of anything because he was convicted of stuff that occurred during the investigation. He was not convicted of conspiring with the Russians to do anything.
“When a subject lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s efforts to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable. It may ultimately impede those efforts.
“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false,” he said.
But the fact is the President of the United States has a legal right to commute Stone’s sentence and he did so.
The president has not acted illegally. Mueller is a decorated war hero and a man who has served the United States for his entire adult life.
No one is making the case that he acted improperly, but there is a mountain of evidence to show that people on his team did have a bias against President Trump.
Did that bias affect their investigation? We will likely never know the answer to that question.