No Collusion Finding Disappoints Some [OPINION]
Who would be disappointed with the finding that no American, including the President of the United States, colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 elections?
A lot of people, that's who.
To see the reaction of some in the left wing media to the conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion investigation, you would think that the findings were bad news. No Americans conspired with the Russians. None. Zippo. Nadda. Out of 350 million people, not one conspired with the Russians.
For more than two years, we were promised indictments by Democrats, media pundits and cable network analysts. Nothing. The First Family was going to be led out of the White House in handcuffs. Trump was going to be forced from office and in jail before his first term was out, remember? Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California) still claims he has plenty of evidence to prove collusion. Time to present it, no?
Mueller's report did not say that Trump attempted to obstruct justice, but at the same time, he didn't say that he did. Mueller left that to the Department of Justice to determine and it quickly did. The decision by a unanimous consensus of department lawyers and investigators was that there was no obstruction. That includes Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in the first place.
Democrats are demanding the release of the full Mueller report. That cannot happen. Not legally, anyway. There are things that are contained in that report that could compromise national security or where obtained through a secret grand jury investigation. Any release would be heavily redacted. That surely will raise another chorus of outcries from the left.
The left and its media friends will never be satisfied with Mueller's findings, but its time to move on. Time to investigate who raised the specter of collusion and obstruction in the first place and why. This could be an interesting journey.
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.