There is a pall hanging over the left side of the internet today. The disappointment is palpable. How is this possible, they’re asking? We were so certain that the president of the United States was a traitor — that Hillary Clinton didn’t lose the 2016 election because she was the worst candidate in modern history, but because Trump and the Russians worked together to steal it.
(Article by Rick Moran republished from PJMedia.com)
It’s like election night, November 2016, all over again.
Once again, leftist delusions have been shattered, this time by a putative ally — special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller turned over every rock, looked in every nook and cranny of the Trump campaign and concluded that no member of that organization — including candidate Trump — worked with the Russians to influence the 2016 race for president.
Thus, the 675 days spent investigating dubious scenario is over. What does Mueller have to show for it? He got various Trump aides on lying to the FBI and sleazeball Paul Manafort on some other crimes unrelated to collusion. But, like any good little bureaucrat, he carefully documented all the work he did: 2800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, more than 230 orders for communication records, 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and 500 witnesses interviews.
All told, Mueller spent around $13 million. In truth, Congress probably spends close to that amount for Kleenex to blow its nose, so in the grand scheme of a $4 trillion budget, it’s a piddling amount.
More to the point was the reason the money was spent in the first place.
Partisans in the Justice Department and FBI were concerned that all these Russians running around Washington during the campaign must be up to something. And some of the people working on the Trump campaign had long-standing ties to Russia, or, in the case of Paul Manafort, Russian-sympathizing Ukrainians. Put two and two together, add in a dash of Trump hatred, a dollop of Democratic partisanship, a pinch of wishful thinking, stir it up, bake well and voila! Collusion was born.
But that’s only half the story. Anti-Trump officials may have talked themselves into believing that collusion was possible, but it was anti-Trump hysteria in the Democratic-Media Complex that ultimately drove this story, kept it front and center for nearly two years, and in the end, made it what it has become: The most epic failure of American journalism in history.
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