With Collusion Collapse, Public Loses Interest in Mueller Theatrics

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Equivocal proof of obstruction in an investigation that was not actually impeded, into a crime that did not actually happen, is not going to grab the public’s interest – not after the collusion let down, not after Democrats and the media have convinced the country that their rabid opposition to Trump is transparently political, and not when the country is dealing with other more pressing matters and the 2020 election is looming. America has moved on. Democrats are at the point where continuing to press the Mueller probe hurts them more than it hurts the president. We’re going through the motions. Loudly, sure, but still just going through the motions.

Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

How can we tell that the former accusers are now terrified of becoming the accused? Because suddenly the usual band of former Obama officials and Trump accusers have largely given up on their allegations that Trump was or is a Russian asset. Instead, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Rod Rosenstein are now beginning to accuse one another of wrongdoing. Even their progressive media handlers are starting to sense the desperation in their new yarns — and the possibility that these hired-gun analysts or guests were themselves guilty of crimes and were using their media platforms to fashion their own defense. The end of the Mueller melodrama has marked the beginning of real fear in Washington.

Trump Is Right To Play Hardball With Dems

“Bipartisanship” can’t be a one-off arrangement; Democrats must recognize President Trump’s legitimacy and debate the details of legislation in good faith, or President Trump is perfectly justified in refusing cooperation with them on infrastructure or any other issue.

When did Mueller know there was no collusion?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

In the wake of the release of Mueller's report, there are indications that special counsel prosecutors mostly knew by the end of 2017, and certainly by a few months later, that the evidence would not establish that conspiracy or coordination — or collusion, to use the popular term — had taken place. It is clear Mueller first looked for collusion in all the obvious places. Failing to establish that it took place, he looked farther to the fringes of the Trump-Russia affair. He failed to establish that it took place there, either. As time passed and the two-year mark for his investigation approached, he finally gave up.

Dear Citizen Collusion Truther—You Own This, Too

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

I know you still have hope that the full Mueller report will contain some far-fetched nugget of collusion evidence to vindicate your gullibility/ignorance/foolishness. You’ve already moved the goalposts to an imaginary crime of obstruction of justice even though there was no underlying crime to obstruct. History will not be kind to the Trump-Russia collusion truthers in Congress, the expert class, Hollywood, and the media. But history also shouldn’t forget the role that you, Citizen Collusion Truther, played in this. No matter how many tweets and Facebook posts you delete, it cannot erase your complicit stupidity in this scandal.

Media amplified Schiff's voice, shouted down the truth

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Lying politicians are not the only ones deserving our contempt and scorn. Merchants of lies in the media deserve even more contempt and scorn. The New York Times and The Washington Post led the way. Dunces at CNN and MSNBC trotted right behind. Used to be that reporters took enormous pride in the depth of their skepticism. They would talk about how finely tuned their “BS-detectors” are. They had a nose for when somebody was peddling lies. All that evaporated in the Age of Trump, when anything goes — so long as it slimes the president.

No Time to ‘Move On’: Trump’s Michigan Triumph

Roger Kimball, American Greatness

The president, to the unalloyed delight of the Michigan crowd, made it clear last night that “moving on” was not part of his agenda. Or, to put it more accurately, move on he would, but not without making sure that those who weaponized the intelligence resources of the United States against him (and, more to the point, against them) were called to account. This is not a matter of vengeance. It is a matter of preserving the central core of our democratic republic, which turns on the integrity of our elections.

The Double Standards of the Mueller Investigation

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The more Mueller searches for hypothetical lawbreaking, the more he is inadvertently underscoring that actual lawbreakers must be subject to the same standard of justice. Ironically, Mueller’s investigation has reminded America that it is past time to call Comey, McCabe, and a host of Obama-era DOJ and FBI officials to account. For over a year, we have had two standards of legality when there can only be one. A reckoning is near.

McCabe: Leaking and Lying Obscure the Real Collusion

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

After nearly two years of digging, there is still no proof of Trump-campaign collusion in Russian election-meddling. But we have collusion all right: the executive branch’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus placed by the Obama administration in the service of the Clinton campaign. To find that, you don’t need to dig. You just need to open your eyes.

Forget Collusion. Can Mueller Prove Russia Committed Cyberespionage?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

After 18 months of investigating, it would be worth putting two simple questions to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who — at least nominally — supervises Special Counsel Mueller: 1) Does the Justice Department believe, contrary to the apparent concessions in the intelligence agencies’ Russia report, that the government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Russia is guilty cyberespionage against the 2016 election; and 2) if not, what is the point of Mueller’s investigation?

Make a Deal with Russia: Neutralize Ukraine, End NATO Expansion

Taking NATO membership off the table would remove Moscow’s incentive to keep the Ukrainian conflict alive. Ukraine could develop economically and politically as it wished. Sanctions could end, encouraging economic integration from Europe through Ukraine onto Russia.

A Bipartisan Dossier of Collusion

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

It’s not clear that there was Trump collusion with Russia, but Trump won, so we’re still hearing about it. Had Hillary won, there would still be collusion with Russia, but we’d be hearing that line that Clinton-administration scandals made an eight-year refrain: Everybody does it!

Kaepernick’s Collusion Claim Is a Likely Loser

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Colin Kaepernick is no longer on an NFL roster because he is a shell of the player he once was. It has been years since he showed he could help a team win, and he is now a major turn-off to a large percentage of football fans. Notoriously, the billionaires who own NFL teams routinely turn a blind eye to grotesque misconduct — or wash it away with a nominal suspension — if it involves star players. Mediocre players do not get that treatment. That is not due to collusion. No one need conspire to exclude someone who is not worth the trouble.

Colin Kaepernick is a deceitful hypocrite, and his defenders have double-standards

Jennifer Kerns, Washington Examiner

The portrait of his life fails to reveal an upbringing that is anywhere close to the plight he claims to feel for inner-city kids today. Nothing could be more deceptive than for a wealthy man who hails from a lifetime of comfortable means to feign that he understands the plight of inner-city kids and worse, to stir up strife among his nation in doing so.

Still No Collusion Evidence

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

There is a quite astonishing variance in the standards of proof applied by Democrats and their media allies. On the one hand, we have damning evidence that Clinton destroyed government files and mishandled classified information. On the other, there is a dearth of evidence that Trump colluded with Russia. Now riddle me this: Who got a complete pass, and who is the earth being scorched to nail?