Democrats are already anticipating that Robert Mueller’s report will be a nothingburger.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union on Sunday that the Democrats will do more investigating if Mueller ends up finding nothing to impeach the president.
Dems won’t accept Mueller report
The Democrats have invested high hopes in Mueller to find evidence of impeachable offenses by Trump, but with the investigation reportedly nearing a conclusion some are already preparing to be let down.
Democrats have made protecting Mueller’s investigation a high priority, and put new attorney general Bill Barr through an inquisition to make sure that he promises to release Mueller’s report publicly. Even after they insisted that Barr treat Mueller like an untouchable, unaccountable bureaucrat, Dems are signaling that their confidence in Mueller’s report isn’t very strong.
Bash asked, “We expect at some point maybe soon, maybe not, the findings of the Mueller investigation to finally be completed. If he finds that there was no direct collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, will you accept that?”
“We’re going to have to do our own investigation, and we are,” Schiff said. “We’ll certainly be very interested to learn what Bob Mueller finds. We may have to fight to get that information. Bill Barr has not been willing to commit to provide that report either to the Congress or to the American people. We’re going to need to see it. The American people need to see it.”
Transparency, or political nonsense?
If Mueller is such an expert, why do the Democrats need to do their own investigative work? Because the report may refer to incriminating information that does not rise to the level necessary for a potential conviction.
“We may also need to see the evidence behind that report. There may be, for example, evidence of collusion or conspiracy that is clear and convincing but not proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” Schiff said.
Barr has said that he will make the decision on whether and how much of Mueller’s report to release following normal Justice Department guidelines for protecting the privacy of uncharged parties, but it looks like the Dems are too desperate to oust Trump to follow procedure.
Schiff said that what the Democrats want is “transparency,” as if they’re not just champing at the bit to find anything they possibly can to spin a collusion conspiracy, and that “the American people are entitled to know if there is evidence of a conspiracy between either the president or the president’s campaign and a foreign adversary.”
Dems losing faith?
Bash continued to press Schiff on whether he would accept Mueller’s findings but he dodged the question, replying, “You know, I will certainly accept them in this way, Dana; I have great confidence in the special counsel. And if the special counsel represents that he has investigated and not been interfered with and not been able to make a criminal case, then I will believe that he is operating in good faith.”
Apparently burning to know about every time Trump stayed in a hotel in Moscow, Schiff will be leading a fresh House Intel investigation into his alleged connections with Russia after Republicans found no collusion before losing control of the House. The Senate already determined that there is no collusion after two years of digging, but that’s not good enough for House Dems like Schiff who are dead set on keeping the Russia conspiracy alive for as long as possible.
Ironically, after spending months making Mueller into a messianic figure who will save America’s democracy, Democrats are starting to shift the goalposts and call Mueller’s almighty expertise into question. It’s almost as if finding the truth was never what this Witch Hunt was about.