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February 16, 2018

Now That He’s Tackled the ORGANIZATION, When Will Mueller Indict Grandfather Frost?

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Profesor 2 @ 10:19 pm

Today Mueller indicted 13 Russians for “interfering” in the US election.  The indictment would be hilarious, if it weren’t so tragic: for nigh on a year the country has been transfixed and the government convulsed by an investigation that is descending into farce.

So this is the best that a “dream team” (nightmare would be more like it, given the presence of people like Andrew Weissman) of prosecutors can come up with:

August 18, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators sent money via interstate wire to another real U.S. person recruited by the ORGANIZATION, using one of their false U.S. personas, to build a cage large enough to hold an actress depicting Clinton in a prison uniform.

No, really.

The ORGANIZATION. Yeah. Just like the cosa nostra or the Cali Cartel or something. You cannot make up this stuff.

As yet there is no evidence of collusion (which is not a crime, actually), let alone a conspiracy, between anyone in the Trump campaign or administration and any Russian individual or organization. Indeed, the fact that Mueller apparently feels that he can waste his time on such trivialities suggests strongly that there is no evidence of anything untoward, let alone criminal.

Amidst all the harrumphing, all I can say is that if the republic can’t survive such Mickey Mouse efforts as described in the Mueller indictment, it doesn’t deserve to survive.

Deep thinkers like Ben Sasse say that Putin is attempting to raise doubts about American institutions.  That is unnecessary: the institutions are doing a bang up job at that without any foreign assistance.

Further, as I noted in a talk on the forthcoming Russian election at Rice University last week, there is nothing new here. Nothing. The Russians have been doing this (and far worse) continuously since, oh, around November 8, 1917.  They almost certainly did it 99 years later out of habit, rather than conviction, or a sincere belief that it would have any effect.

But it has had an effect, because by obsessing about it the American political class is actually ensuring that Putin and his creatures are succeeding beyond their wildest dreams.  This obsession, moreover, is not driven by the real threat posed by the Russian effort, but by the need of the political losers to excuse their failure, and to destroy the usurper who deprived them of what should have been theirs by divine right.

The indictment is all for show, because the Russians are in, well, Russia, and hence out of reach of US law enforcement. Mueller might as well have indicted Putin–or Grandfather Frost, for that matter–for all the real effect it will have.

But Mueller desperately needs to show that he is actually doing something.  In this he has succeeded. He has shown that he is chasing phantoms, and wreaking havoc in the process.  But since he is accountable to no one, and politically sacrosanct, he will go on and on, to serve the political class and to justify his existence. A perfect illustration of the a-constitutional monstrosity that is a special counsel.

Shut. It. Down.

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  1. Mueller does have a problem. Judge Contreras was recused from the Flynn case (he did not recuse himself; he was recused), most likely because Collyer learned of government malfeasance. The current presiding judge in the Flynn case, Judge Sullivan, has ordered Mueller to turn over to Team Flynn all the evidence. My guess is that Flynn knew about the Mueller problem with the FBI evidence, and allowed himself to be indicted. By indicting Flynn, Mueller invited Flynn the Fox into the hen-house of treasonous chickens. Flynn is certain to be exonerated, which is superior to any pardon.
    But Mueller can’t release that evidence without signing his own confession of treason. So he has asked the court to impose an NDA-of-sorts, that the evidence he surrenders to Flynn cannot be used or even viewed by anyone else. This is not the action of a ‘by the book’ prosecutor. If Mueller had an air-tight case, he would want to publish the evidence on a billboard in Times Square. Why would he want to surpress that evidence? Because he and his conspirators concocted it.
    I would also guess that when this SHTF, later this year or next, a tribunal will demand the doctored evidence et al, and announce to his ‘NDA’, “NDA? NDA? Senor, we are federales. We don’ recognize no stinkin’ NDA!”

    Comment by RW — February 16, 2018 @ 11:19 pm

  2. I know you are not going to agree with everything that follows. You don’t believe in 4D Chess maneuvers I assume. I do, because it is politics and CIA and FBI and if you aren’t playing the subterfuge game, don’t bother showing up to the arena. You will be eaten alive by the lions. You can pretend that everything is what it seems to be on the surface. I am convinced that Mueller is NOT working to find Russia/Trump collusion. Let us start with this. You know the Russia crap it is BS. I know it is BS. You don’t think Mueller doesn’t know that it is is BS? OK, you would argue that he knows that it is BS but he is corrupted by HRC, so he pursues their ruse. He might have something to hide himself so he is going to try his darndest to find anything that he can to bring down Trump. Do you think that he would be able to recruit all of these high priced lawyers to waste 2 yrs of their life going after what all of them know is BS? Do you think Trump and Sessions would allow a snake to lead up such an investigation against them while they are in charge? No, these indictments are all distractions. Flynn? Complete BS. He lied about something that was legal. They just stayed his sentencing. 13 Russians who backed Twitter accounts. Are you kidding me? It is all theatre to lay the groundwork for bigger things. Don’t believe in conspiracy theories? Count how many FBI/DOJ officials have retired/left/demoted.

    Comment by mike dillon — February 17, 2018 @ 12:07 am

  3. What is a “real US person”?

    What is an “unwitting co-conspirator”?

    A friend thought that the indictment was an April Fool’s Day joke. I know it is.

    Agree with everything you say, SWP. Mueller needed to show something for all that money spent.

    DOJ indictments are jazzed up a bit to make them “sexy,” to show the evil use of ill-gotten proceeds – mansions, jets, yachts, race horses, expensive cars and SUV’s, wild parties, etc.

    What they had here was a bunch of rooshans who are long gone, who 1) failed to register as foreign agents and 2) opened bank accounts using false identities and 3) making false statements on their visa applications.

    So they made the indictment “sexy” by claiming that there was a “conspiracy to defraud the US,” that there were “derogatory comments” – GASP, and in the middle of politics yet, DOUBLE GASP – made against various candidates, especially “her,” and they .. actually .. tracked … audience numbers …. and …. content …. on social media. TRIPLE AND QUADRUPLE GASP.

    Oh – and a volunteer for the Trump campaign was bamboozled by someone from the ORGANIZATION to give some pro-Trump signs to the ORGANIZATION. GASP GASP GASP GASP GASP

    Who ever heard of signs during a political campaign?

    There’s a bunch of people all over the world laughing at “stupid Americans” right now, including Putler.

    It’s going to be oh-so-hard to obtain convictions against rooshans who aren’t there to defend themselves.

    In the meantime, shifty Schiffless continues schiffing all over the place, along with other lefties who desperately want to tie this in to Trump somehow.

    I especially got a kick out of paragraph 50 of the indictment, which contains a list of excerpts from political ads (GASP – who ever heard of political ads during a campaign).

    As far as I’m concerned, all of those excerpts are true. Samples:

    Vote Republican, vote Trump, and support the Second Amendment!”

    “Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote”

    Trump is our only hope for a better future!

    We cannot trust Hillary to take care of our veterans!

    GASP, GASP, GASP – it took the rooshans to think of that??????? WHAT MEDDLING! WHAT NEFARIOUS MENDACIOUSNESS!


    Trump Derangement Syndrome continues.

    Comment by elmer — February 17, 2018 @ 10:51 am

  4. The one thing that is absolutely certain to happen? Anyone who associates with Trump or gets close to him will suffer public humiliation. The track record on this is as close to 100% as makes no difference. So, defend DJT if you must, but don’t ever come whining or bitching when he sells you down the river as he surely will.

    Comment by Simple Simon — February 17, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

  5. “… to raise doubts about American institutions. That is unnecessary: the institutions are doing a bang up job at that without any foreign assistance”: just so. I suppose the grown-ups left the scene when Slick Willie beat Bush the Elder. Since then my view of the US – as distinct from my view of Americans I have known – has plummeted. The Constitution is just a historical relic. The FBI and other federal gun clubs can murder with impunity. US Presidents have the right, apparently, to kill individuals – including US citizens – all round the world. But the borders remain unprotected.

    Comment by dearieme — February 18, 2018 @ 7:19 am

  6. And, worst of all, Heilary Clinton came within an ace of being elected President.

    Comment by dearieme — February 18, 2018 @ 7:46 am

  7. What I would like to know is how a group of Russian hackers attempting to influence the US election is evidence of collusion. The two issues could be linked, but are not necessarily so. The only collusion I have seen, and obviously I am not privy to everything, is the reasonably tight relations between the Clintons and their Russian clients — but that is not collusion to undermine an election, only to line their pockets. However, there does seem to be evidence of a conspiracy emerging that reached possibly into the Oval Office in the run-up to the US election — and that was to ensure that Trump did not win or, if he won, to derail his presidency. Surely that ought to draw Mueller’s attention.

    In any event, we all know that powerful countries regularly try to influence elections or referenda in other countries. Obama, for example, tried to influence the vote in Israel (against Netanyahu) and in the UK (against Brexit). If it is criminally wrong to do so against the US, is it also wrong for the US to practice the same? Are there laws against doing that?

    Comment by Dandalo — February 18, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

  8. Is this the same ORGANIZATION that was in the 1967 Al Marvin film “Point Blank”? ([email protected] flick, btw.) The end of that movie left you wondering if the whole story was really a fever dream of a dying man, and Mueller is most definitely an unreliable narrator, so that must be it. Where’s my $93,000?

    Comment by M. Rad. — February 18, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

  9. I wonder if there is joy in “her” camp – “her” was not named as an “unwitting co-conspirator” and Rosenstein said no Americans were involved.

    Comment by elmer — February 18, 2018 @ 8:46 pm

  10. is the indictment plagiarized?

    The comments under the article are great:

    $10 million and I didn’t even get a t-shirt

    Turns out the Russian meddling was inconsequential child’s play compared to the interference from the media and the illegal shenanigans of the cabal of meddlers who occupied high positions in the FBI, and DOJ- NSD.

    Five years from now, what will we remember about Maxine Waters, Joy Behar, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Scarborough, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, Little Dickie Durbin, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, Michael Moore, et al? What we’ll remember is that they were barking lunatics, howling at the moon, unable to process reality and so completely consumed by sanctimonious political hate they’re willing to overthrow their own government. Who remembers Alan Grayson? Or Harry Reid, for that matter?

    Hate is like drinking poison and hoping somebody else will die. Me, I’m an optimist. America will survive this contagion of mental illness — I’m hard pressed to call it anything else — those guys, maybe not.

    I’m gonna go make myself some popcorn.

    Comment by elmer — February 20, 2018 @ 8:57 am

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