So Was The “Trump + Russia Collusion” Really A Big “Nothing Burger” After All?
by Scott Faith
“I was promised collusion… and indictments.”
“But… but… muh COLLUSIONZ!!”
“This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning!”
^that’s my summary of the many reactions my friends on the political left had in the immediate aftermath of the announcement by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he has wrapped up his investigation into allegations that President Trump “colluded” with Russia in order to win the 2016 election.
And the big finding after 2 years and $30-$50 million dollars? There was no collusion. At least, not by President Trump.
To be sure, there were 37 people charged, 7 plead out, and one was convicted. But the investigation is now over, and there will be “no more indictments” against anyone, including President Trump. That’s got a lot of people upset.
It’s also important to note that just because there were no indictments, that doesn’t mean that some unindicted individuals, including the President, did nothing wrong. It just means that no one is going to get charged over it. …at least, they won’t get charged federally. Democrats are already making noise about charging people in state court, especially in New York, where they would no doubt find judges and juries more politically malleable.
In another interesting twist to this case, it appears that due to assets seized during the investigation, the Mueller probe might actually make a profit. Paul Manafort alone agreed to asset forfeiture of $42-$46 million dollars, and the probe cost an estimated $40-$50 million. So depending on how much actually ends up coming into the federal coffers, and how much the investigation ended up costing, the Justice Department might end up in the black instead of the red on this investigation. That’s not bad for a nothing burger.
If you want to read the whole report, here’s a link. Maybe you’ll find something in it that a $50 million investigation missed. But maybe there was no evidence of “Russian collusion” on behalf of the President is… because there was none? Maybe this was a big nothing burger after all? Nah, that can’t be it, “Orange Man Bad” and all that.