WSJ: James Comey and Robert Mueller Imperil the Rule of Law

 

There is an excellent analysis in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal illustrating in a chillingly frightening way how the enormously conflicted Comey and Mueller are endangering the American Rule of Law. The author compares it to the insane chase after Scooter Libby in the Valerie Plame case, when the actual blameworthy person had been identified months before the investigation was even opened.

Likewise, there is a frantic search by Mueller and his pack of Obama-Clinton sycophants to find something, anything, on President Trump, considering every business dealing he ever had or any friend of his ever had, or anything any member of his family ever did. Not to mention Comey’s probably-criminal usurpation of the proper role of the Lynch “Justice” Department in declaring, with no legal authority to do so, Madame Secretary’s “innocence” in the e-mail scandal. The author shows a clear pattern of favoring Democrat targets over Republicans.

His conclusion:

Mr. Mueller has adopted scorched-earth tactics in pursuit of Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s presidential campaign from June to August 2016. The special counsel’s team has reached back more than a decade into Mr. Manafort’s financial affairs and conducted a predawn, guns-drawn raid on his home on a day he was scheduled to testify before Congress as a cooperating witness.

One crucial difference distinguishes the probe of Mrs. Clinton from the two Comey-instigated special-counsel investigations of Republican administrations. Mr. Fitzgerald’s multiyear investigation of the Bush administration and Mr. Mueller’s ever-widening scrutiny of the Trump campaign exhibit a tenacious and nearly unconstrained search for persons and crimes to prosecute. In contrast, Mr. Comey’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton reflects a determination not to prosecute systematic and obvious unlawful conduct.

Both excesses threaten the rule of law—but the dogged search for persons and crimes to prosecute poses the graver threat to constitutional government.

Madame Secretary is not the only actor in all of these current scenarios who will forever “smell of the goat.” Mueller and Rosenstein should be terminated immediately and, if he does not act soon, so should Sessions.

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  1. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Our government is a Democrat organization actively pursuing Democrat goals, protecting Democrat operatives and now destroying Democrat enemies.  Rules and laws are interpreted to favor Democrat objectives and to hinder others objectives.  The Blue part of country is at war with the Red and is actively trying to suppress it.

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  2. Valiuth Inactive
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    Moderator Note:

    Unhelpful

    So much [redacted] panic, over something you are convinced has no there there.

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  3. Bob Thompson Member
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    Our elected and appointed Republican officials are worse.

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  4. DocJay Inactive
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    Moderator Note:

    also unhelpful

    Valiuth (View Comment):
    So much [redacted] panic, over something you are convinced has no there there.

    Why don’t you quit acting like such a [redacted] and express yourself maturely.

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  5. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    Valiuth (View Comment):
    So much [redacted] panic, over something you are convinced has no there there.

    Keep rooting for the frog march that will never happen. The winning will happen with you or through you. You lost, get over it.

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  6. I Walton Member
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    I’m conflicted about this.  Perhaps creating this fire storm, a flood of revelations, the kind of thing the Democrats and it’s deep state do from nothing would create an atmosphere where Mueller will feel compelled to go after Democrats and those who cooked up all this to distract from their own corruption.   The DOJ has been a threat to the rule of law from the beginning the peak of which is a special prosecutor which is  totalitarian and should be abolished whether this thing ends well or not.    It’s more important to dismantle the various Federal powers than to use them to go after the crooks.  I guess it turns on whether Mueller et al are just careerist exploiting the left then and now or ideological true believers.  I think it’s the former so he’d use his influence to defend himself by adding to the press frenzy that would follow were he fired, but if there is little to implicate Trump and much to implicate Democrats maybe it’s in his interest to end this thing on a muted note.

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  7. OldDan Rhody Inactive
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    Valiuth (View Comment):
    So much [redacted] panic, over something you are convinced has no there there.

    It doesn’t matter- they have essentially unlimited time and money to manufacture something. e.g.,

    Jim George: the insane chase after Scooter Libby in the Valerie Plame when the actual blameworthy person had been identified months before the investigation was even opened

     

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  8. Cato Rand Inactive
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    Manafort seems a deeply compromised character who Trump should never have gotten into bed with.  His hiring seems like a rookie mistake and Manafort’s sleaziness might well not lead back to Trump, but his proximity to Trump does constitute “smoke.”  Ditto Flynn.

    I’ll give you that there’s no evidence of Trump wrongdoing (at least in the public record).  And I’ll give you that the media has lost its bleedin’ mind, is conducting a witch hunt, and will leap on even the flimsiest of excuses to screech “collusion.”

    But on at least these couple of hires, Trump erred and got in bed with people who on their best day give off a bad oder, and might well be worse.

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  9. DocJay Inactive
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    Cato Rand (View Comment):
    Manafort seems a deeply compromised character who Trump should never have gotten into bed with. His hiring seems like a rookie mistake and Manafort’s sleaziness might well not lead back to Trump, but his proximity to Trump does constitute “smoke.” Ditto Flynn.

    I’ll give you that there’s no evidence of Trump wrongdoing (at least in the public record). And I’ll give you that the media has lost its bleedin’ mind, is conducting a witch hunt, and will leap on even the flimsiest of excuses to screech “collusion.”

    But on at least these couple of hires, Trump erred and got in bed with people who on their best day give off a bad oder, and might well be worse.

    Yep,  narcissists like their sycophants.  In Manafort’s case it will be a 500 million dollar legal bill to nab a slimy guy who evaded a couple hundred thousand in taxes.

    If Comey had gone after Clinton with this much firepower we’d have had president Bernie Sanders.  Maybe I should be happy Comey and Mueller are swamp creatures.

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  10. Old Bathos Moderator
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    The end game that is shaping up is to (a) hang Manafort and whoever else anywhere close to Trump that they can nail; (b) toss in some sleazoid Democratic operatives (Podesta?) and then (c) it will instantly become MSM/DNC dogma to permanently shut the door on further Russia inquiries because to do so would point to serious malfeasance within the Obama administration and even implicates the investigators themselves.  This alleged “balanced” outcome will be sanctified by CNN, the NYT and the WaPo and anyone who notices what a crock this is will be dismissed as a bitter partisan.  The usual suspects in the GOP will line up to declare the matter closed.  The people who orchestrated this ugly fiasco will be unscathed and unpunished.

    The better outcome is to replace Sessions with an AG willing to play hardball, someone with zero ties to the establishment who will open the files, fire all stonewallers and prosecute leakers, liars and criminals and take the obvious step of removing Rosenstein and Mueller because they cannot possibly do a serious investigation related to Russian misbehavior since they are both already complicit in covering it up.

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  11. Valiuth Inactive
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    DocJay (View Comment):

    Valiuth (View Comment):
    So much [redacted] panic, over something you are convinced has no there there.

    Why don’t you quit acting like such a [redacted] and express yourself maturely.

    Okay, if the Democrats have deluded themselves into thinking that Trump and his campaign is part of some Tom Clancyesque political thriller Russian conspiracy to rig and American election. You and the whole Trump lot have convinced yourselves that the government is some kind of Dan Brownesque conspiracy spanning centuries all focused on persecuting Trump. Both of you are deluded and fantastical in your thinking and overly melodramatic in your assertions. If you took a few steps back and stopped hyperventilating you’d probably be a bit more objective about the whole thing.

    The presidents own overreaction to these inquires have created the perception that he has something to hide and only helped to fuel the need and interest in this investigation. I for one am curious to see where it goes. I doubt it will reach to Trump but I bet Russian tendrils will be found all around him and will also be found in the DNC too. Last I heard Muller was looking into the Podesta group too. And we know the Russian were also bribing the Clintons. So yah I think someone should be looking at all these people. But, the Trump crowd doesn’t seems interested in actual answers about the levels of covert Russian influence in our political system, they are just interested in protecting Trump out of partisan tribal instinct. This is precisely the kind of attitude that allows Russia to squirm their way in to the political process and play both sides to their own advantage.

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  12. Cato Rand Inactive
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    DocJay (View Comment):

    Cato Rand (View Comment):
    Manafort seems a deeply compromised character who Trump should never have gotten into bed with. His hiring seems like a rookie mistake and Manafort’s sleaziness might well not lead back to Trump, but his proximity to Trump does constitute “smoke.” Ditto Flynn.

    I’ll give you that there’s no evidence of Trump wrongdoing (at least in the public record). And I’ll give you that the media has lost its bleedin’ mind, is conducting a witch hunt, and will leap on even the flimsiest of excuses to screech “collusion.”

    But on at least these couple of hires, Trump erred and got in bed with people who on their best day give off a bad oder, and might well be worse.

    Yep, narcissists like their sycophants. In Manafort’s case it will be a 500 million dollar legal bill to nab a slimy guy who evaded a couple hundred thousand in taxes.

    If Comey had gone after Clinton with this much firepower we’d have had president Bernie Sanders. Maybe I should be happy Comey and Mueller are swamp creatures.

    I don’t know much about Mueller, but it does seem that Comey compromised himself.  My understanding is that he actually had a reputation for being a man of some integrity.  But I can imagine that working on the Obama/Holder/Lynch Justice Department probably came with some – shall we say – “career pressures.”  That’s no excuse, but it might be an explanation.  Most of us are weak when somebody has us by the short hairs.

    Edit:  By the way, I have zero doubt that Billary were selling national security off to the highest bidder, with the currency being speaking fees and “donations” to a bogus foundation that they used to keep their coterie in their corner while they waited to re-assume power.  Nor do I doubt that that sleazy scheme was the reason for the secret server.  I’m just not sure Comey was a sleaze at heart.  It looks to me like he was a careerist who just found himself in the middle of that swamp and took the path of least resistance.

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  13. DocJay Inactive
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    DocJay (View Comment):

    Valiuth (View Comment):
    So much [redacted] panic, over something you are convinced has no there there.

    Why don’t you quit acting like such a [redacted] and express yourself maturely.

    Okay, if the Democrats have deluded themselves into thinking that Trump and his campaign is part of some Tom Clancyesque political thriller Russian conspiracy to rig and American election. You and the whole Trump lot have convinced yourselves that the government is some kind of Dan Brownesque conspiracy spanning centuries all focused on persecuting Trump. Both of you are deluded and fantastical in your thinking and overly melodramatic in your assertions. If you took a few steps back and stopped hyperventilating you’d probably be a bit more objective about the whole thing.

    The presidents own overreaction to these inquires have created the perception that he has something to hide and only helped to fuel the need and interest in this investigation. I for one am curious to see where it goes. I doubt it will reach to Trump but I bet Russian tendrils will be found all around him and will also be found in the DNC too. Last I heard Muller was looking into the Podesta group too. And we know the Russian were also bribing the Clintons. So yah I think someone should be looking at all these people. But, the Trump crowd doesn’t seems interested in actual answers about the levels of covert Russian influence in our political system, they are just interested in protecting Trump out of partisan tribal instinct. This is precisely the kind of attitude that allows Russia to squirm their way in to the political process and play both sides to their own advantage.

    You talked to me like that in the corruption thread I wrote.   Like I said before, you’re acting poorly here.

    I don’t get up, put on a MAGA hat, and drink Kool-Aid every day young man.  I don’t even remotely like the president as a person in so many ways.  I also don’t think you’d have a tenth of the guts necessary to talk to me like this in person.

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  14. rico Inactive
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    Good work Jim. It looks like Trey Gowdy is on it.

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  15. rico Inactive
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    But, the Trump crowd doesn’t seems interested in actual answers about the levels of covert Russian influence in our political system, they are just interested in protecting Trump out of partisan tribal instinct. This is precisely the kind of attitude that allows Russia to squirm their way in to the political process and play both sides to their own advantage.

    Riiiight. Trump’s political support is driven by tribal instinct, and Trump supporters are responsible for Russia squirming their way into the political process.

    I can tell you one thing. Trump supporters completely shredded the Hillary/Vladimir re$et. How did you help?

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  16. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Time to end this kangaroo court, now.

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  17. Joseph Eagar Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    Our government is a Democrat organization actively pursuing Democrat goals, protecting Democrat operatives and now destroying Democrat enemies. Rules and laws are interpreted to favor Democrat objectives and to hinder others objectives. The Blue part of country is at war with the Red and is actively trying to suppress it.

    As I keep telling people, Ireland left the UK, Yugoslavia collapsed in a bloody civil war and Czechoslovakia had their “velvet divorce.”  The Scots may yet join the Irish outside the UK, and Catalonia may declare independence from Spain.

    If white ethnic groups squabble with each other in Europe, why the hell do we Americans think we are immune?  Blue culture has been in the minority ever since the waves of Irish immigration in the 19th century.  They’ve never recovered from that shock, and the more time goes on, the more manic they’ve become about their inability to change Irish, Poles, Greeks and Italians into English, Germans, Swedes and Danes.

    This is not a stable situation.

     

     

     

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  18. Joseph Eagar Member
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    Valiuth (View Comment):
     

    The presidents own overreaction to these inquires have created the perception that he has something to hide and only helped to fuel the need and interest in this investigation. I for one am curious to see where it goes. I doubt it will reach to Trump but I bet Russian tendrils will be found all around him and will also be found in the DNC too. Last I heard Muller was looking into the Podesta group too. And we know the Russian were also bribing the Clintons. So yah I think someone should be looking at all these people. But, the Trump crowd doesn’t seems interested in actual answers about the levels of covert Russian influence in our political system, they are just interested in protecting Trump out of partisan tribal instinct. This is precisely the kind of attitude that allows Russia to squirm their way in to the political process and play both sides to their own advantage.

    And what is Russia’s advantage here, anyway?  They spent a lot of effort influencing our political process to get sanctions lifted.  It hasn’t happened.

     

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  19. RyanFalcone Member
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    This could end up being one of the greatest political miscalculations in history.

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  20. cdor Member
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The end game that is shaping up is to (a) hang Manafort and whoever else anywhere close to Trump that they can nail; (b) toss in some sleazoid Democratic operatives (Podesta?) and then (c) it will instantly become MSM/DNC dogma to permanently shut the door on further Russia inquiries because to do so would point to serious malfeasance within the Obama administration and even implicates the investigators themselves. This alleged “balanced” outcome will be sanctified by CNN, the NYT and the WaPo and anyone who notices what a crock this is will be dismissed as a bitter partisan. The usual suspects in the GOP will line up to declare the matter closed. The people who orchestrated this ugly fiasco will be unscathed and unpunished.

    The better outcome is to replace Sessions with an AG willing to play hardball, someone with zero ties to the establishment who will open the files, fire all stonewallers and prosecute leakers, liars and criminals and take the obvious step of removing Rosenstein and Mueller because they cannot possibly do a serious investigation related to Russian misbehavior since they are both already complicit in covering it up.

    It certainly appears at this moment that the worm is making a u turn and pointing right back at Clinton and Obama. The salacious “Trump dossier” has now been shown to have been paid for by Clinton and the DNC. This is the document that was used by Comey to establish a reason for the Trump/Russia collusion investigation in the first place. Manafort’s connection to Russia happened well before his short stint as Trump’s campaign manager and during a time when Manafort was working with/for the Podesta group. And now we have an FBI undercover mole who was prevented from speaking at the time but is willing and able to come out publicly with his direct knowledge of Russian spies committing crimes which the FBI/DOJ were aware even as the Obama administration approved Russia gaining control of 20% of our Uranium production. Mueller and Rosenstein were involved in that investigation. Yes indeed, Jeff Sessions would be well advised to first remove the NDA on the informant, send him before the justice committees. Then if confirmation of misdeeds are obtained Sessions should un recuse himself, fire Mueller and Rosenstein, and either investigate using the DOJ or appoint a completely independent…never been to D.C. type… investigator.

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  21. Larry3435 Member
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The end game that is shaping up is to (a) hang Manafort and whoever else anywhere close to Trump that they can nail;

    That’s not how it works.  Mueller is not trying to nail Manafort.  He is trying to flip Manafort, and get him to make accusations (true or false – it doesn’t matter) against Trump.  This is a common tactic by prosecutors; one which, in my humble opinion, should be cause for disbarment or better yet jail time for the prosecutor.

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  22. Bob Thompson Member
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    Larry3435 (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The end game that is shaping up is to (a) hang Manafort and whoever else anywhere close to Trump that they can nail;

    That’s not how it works. Mueller is not trying to nail Manafort. He is trying to flip Manafort, and get him to make accusations (true or false – it doesn’t matter) against Trump. This is a common tactic by prosecutors; one which, in my humble opinion, should be cause for disbarment or better yet jail time for the prosecutor.

    The latest indicates that Manafort likely knows a lot more about Clintons, Podestas, and Russia than about Trump. Even the fictional substance in the ‘Dossier’ comes from the Democrat side. With all this crap accumulating around him, how can Mueller expect to succeed at what you are describing?

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  23. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Larry3435 (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The end game that is shaping up is to (a) hang Manafort and whoever else anywhere close to Trump that they can nail;

    That’s not how it works. Mueller is not trying to nail Manafort. He is trying to flip Manafort, and get him to make accusations (true or false – it doesn’t matter) against Trump. This is a common tactic by prosecutors; one which, in my humble opinion, should be cause for disbarment or better yet jail time for the prosecutor.

    The latest indicates that Manafort likely knows a lot more about Clintons, Podestas, and Russia than about Trump. Even the fictional substance in the ‘Dossier’ comes from the Democrat side. With all this crap accumulating around him, how can Mueller expect to succeed at what you are describing?

    Maybe, but all the FBI and team is interested in is impeaching or jailing Trump or those around him.  The rest can / will be ignored.  Especially anything about Democrats.

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  24. DocJay Inactive
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    Looks like whacky cover up people might be on to something.

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