Special Counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his investigation and submitted his confidential report to presidential lackey Attorney General William Barr. As the investigation transcends from the active phase to the cover-up/whitewash stage, there are a few things worthy of keeping at the forefront of Americans’ attention.
First, federal prosecutors do not issue indictments unless they can prove the guilt of the indictee “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This results in convictions in roughly 98 percent of all cases brought. The fact someone is not indicted does not mean there is not significant reasonable doubt.
If a prosecutor handles a case where he is only 90 percent sure the target of the investigation committed the crime, he will probably decline to indict the individual. It does not mean the person didn’t commit the crime; it merely means the prosecutor could not achieve the standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The special counsel was commissioned to investigate the role of the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and to determine what, if any, coordination occurred between them and members of the president’s campaign. The investigation found mountains of proof about the former, as a multitude of indictments and charges against Russian individuals and organizations clearly show.
The president has been braying “no collusion” for the past two years. It is a deflection. Collusion is not a crime, and there is evidence of collusion between members of the campaign and Russians lying around like beads on the ground after a Mardi Gras parade.
Conspiracy is a crime. The top two officials in the president’s campaign both pleaded guilty to “conspiracy against the USA.” What the special counsel could not do was get to “beyond a reasonable doubt” when trying to connect those conspiracies to anyone else in the campaign. Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, just that he couldn’t get to the standard of proof he needed to indict.
Maybe the reason he couldn’t get to the standard was because of obstruction from the president. Mueller said he wouldn’t charge him, but couldn’t exonerate him either.
But Barr, who said more than a year ago that the president could not commit obstruction (it’s why he was hired), did exonerate the president.
Unless and until the entire Mueller report, and all of its supporting documentation, are released to the Congress and the American people, we will always be left with a reasonable doubt that this president is a traitor.
— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.