Pundit: Robert Mueller ‘dropped the ball’ on obstruction charges
After reading Robert Mueller’s final report, it is painfully obvious that the special counsel purposely kicked the can down the road on obstruction to give Democrats something to grasp in their ongoing efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.
While it seems to be clear that Trump did not commit obstruction of justice, Mueller ultimately left the decision to charge the president up to the attorney general — and in a column for the New York Post on Thursday, pundit Andrew McCarthy called the special prosecutor out for reversing “the burden of proof on the issue of obstruction.”
“[Mueller] made no decision, leaving it to Attorney General William Barr to find that there was no obstruction,” McCarthy wrote. “This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof: The constitutional right of every American to force the government to prove a crime has been committed, rather than to have to prove his or her own innocence.”
Obstruction of Justice?
First and foremost, everyone must understand it is very clear there was no collusion with Russia by anyone in the Trump camp — or any American at all.
And with that suspicion squashed, it is perfectly understandable to wonder how the president could have obstructed an investigation into something that never even happened.
This was apparently the opinion of the Trump administration throughout Mueller’s probe.
Indeed, the moves made by Trump that Mueller and his team investigated were not made in an attempt to shut down the investigation, which he could have done at will if he so desired.
Instead, these moves were made out of frustration over the investigation, which was impeding the president from actually doing its job.
Trump provided the Mueller team with mountains of documents, as requested. And while he complained about the investigation time and time again, he never did anything to prevent Mueller from doing his job.
Resolving the Issue
Meanwhile, Mueller himself “punted” on the obstruction issue, McCarthy writes, which is not what the special counsel was hired to do.
One way or the other, Mueller should have made the call. His ambiguous wording on his non-decision is exactly why Democrats in Congress are pitching a fit right now, and laying into Barr so harshly.
Mueller admitted that Trump did not have the intent to commit obstruction, yet he left the door open for others to draw their own conclusions.
This was done by Mueller knowing full well that the final decision would fall in Barr’s hands.
It was also done knowing that if Barr did decide in Trump’s favor, Dems would unleash a wave of investigations that would continue to hamper the Trump administration.
Now, Congress wants Mueller to come in to testify to clarify information in his report. Give me a break.