In THE RIGHT STUFF, a terrific movie about test pilots and their role in the race for space in the middle of the last century, there’s one character that no one else in the story ever wants to see. He’s an old man, a solitary figure dressed in black, and just the thought of seeing him trudging slowly up one’s walk is enough to give anybody the shakes. For when he shows up at your door and removes his hat, it means that tragedy has struck and the worst has come. A plane has crashed, someone’s life is over, and the lives of his loved ones are changed forever.
The man in black takes his official duties very seriously. He’s always somber, like the Grim Reaper, yet somehow despite his sad face he gives the impression that he enjoys his work, perhaps a little too much. After all, his reason for existence is his lonely job, that long trudge up the walk and then the funeral to follow. He lives for death.
He’s tall and lanky, with straight gray hair and a long, craggy face.
He looks a lot like special counsel Robert Mueller.
I’m reminded of Mueller not just because of the physical resemblance, but because he’s in a position essentially to end people’s lives and careers and you get the impression he wants to. (Of course, he gets a lot of help from his longtime friends at the FBI and a huge team of legal attack dogs working at taxpayer expense.) Former Trump campaign communications advisor Michael Caputo has gone public to say he’s having to sell his house and move his family out of their small town because of the staggering cost of simply complying with Mueller’s investigation –- when he’s not a target or even a subject, only a witness. He and his family have also suffered verbal attacks and death threats, I suppose just for being "outed" for helping Donald Trump become President. Caputo has been so intimidated, he says he won’t work on any more Republican campaigns.
Michael Flynn lost his house, too, because of legal costs stemming from an interview he agreed to, not to mention his new job as National Security Advisor. Having nothing to hide, he talked to the FBI without a lawyer. Bad idea –- he had no idea he’d been caught in FISA phone surveillance and unmasked (this was before his name was illegally leaked) and may have gotten some detail wrong. But the two agents who questioned him have said they thought he was truthful. Didn’t matter; the fiction was maintained that he lied to the FBI, and because he was broke and unable to continue the legal fight, he pleaded guilty to something he doesn’t seem to have even done.
Those are just two victims; we all can name more. Of course, the big prize is the President himself –- that’s what this is about. And it doesn’t matter how big a legal mess has to be created, how much of the Constitution has to be stomped on, how many legal precedents have to be disregarded, how many false narratives need to be created, how many leaks and fake stories have to be planted, how many blatant conflicts of interest have to be ignored, how many subpoenas and FISA requests have to go unanswered, and how many obviously guilty people have to be let off when anybody else would get three hots and a cot.
Judge T. S. Ellis figured out this was Mueller’s game, and during a hearing last week about Paul Manafort’s case made it clear that he wasn’t going to be a party to it. He accused them of going after Manafort –- on allegations from years before Trump ran for office –- to get the man to “sing” (maybe “compose”) and target a sitting President, “for impeachment or whatever.” And he’s right. This is how far our “justice” system has sunk.
We’ve talked a lot in recent months, very specifically, about the strategies being used to bring down the President. Sunday’s edition (May 6) of Mark Levin’s new FOX News show, LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN, brings numerous aspects of the discussion together to show just how wrong it all is. One-time independent counsel and former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova –- who would have been on Trump’s legal team if another client at his firm hadn’t posed a conflict of interest –- and former Secret Service special agent Dan Bongino join Levin to address the serious Constitutional problems with what’s happening. The show covers a lot of ground and is a must-see.
But Mueller doesn’t care; he is unfazed. In fact, he just hired yet another attorney. And Trump’s political enemies still dream of him trudging slowly, slowly up the walk to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, ringing the bell and removing his hat, to break the news that the President has crashed and burned.
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