Mueller Strikes Out [OPINION]
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent two and a half years and $35 million of your money and was still unable to find evidence to prove that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians or attempted to obstruct justice.
"We did not determine whether the president did commit a crime," he said in a press conference yesterday. "We concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime."
In America, that means you are innocent, baby!
Mueller is like the starting pitcher who leaves the game after giving up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning. He hands the ball to his reliever and says "go get 'em kid," as he exits stage left. Mueller couldn't get the job done, so he has handed the ball to the Democrats in the House in hopes they might have more success in striking Trump out.
Mueller's highly unusual statement yesterday offered nothing new but encouragement to the Democrats to proceed with the impeachment process. Mueller was forced again to admit that he'd come up dry and that the only way to dispose of Trump is impeachment.
"The opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing," he said.
But wait, Bobbo, a couple of paragraphs back you stated clearly that you could not determine whether Trump had even committed a crime. So what's all this about accusing a sitting president of wrongdoing? There is no evidence that Trump committed a crime. None. Zero. Zed. Nadda! It's over!
Of course, the man most despised by Democrats just three years ago is now their demigod and they've picked up on his coded dog whistle message about impeachment and will proudly carry the banner going forward. I hope they do, as it would guarantee Trump's re-election in a landslide.
For those of you with Trump Derangement Syndrome who are seeking a silver lining in Mueller's remarks, there is none. A quick translation of what Mueller said is that he failed to find the silver bullet to kill vampire Trump, and now it's up to the Democrats in Congress to figure out a way to remove him from office.
The problem with impeachment is that you have to have a crime to charge Trump with. Mueller found no evidence of a crime so it looks like Trump's detractors are foiled again.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.