OPINION: An Open Letter to Robert Mueller on the Need to Close His Investigation
Dear Special Counsel Robert Mueller:
On May 17, 2017, you were appointed special counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Your job was supposedly to investigate “any links and/or coordination” between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election cycle.
Your probe was an immediate sensation. Democrats, being the losers in the 2016 election, saw a savior in you who could deliver them from Trump. The Never Trumpers in the Republican Party, who sabotaged Trump at every turn, saw your investigation as an opportunity to exact retribution on the president. The schemers at the top of the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) desperately wanted you to put away Trump, in hope that their malfeasance could be buried forever.
The Russian investigation captivated the nation. The mainstream media breathlessly reported your every move. Americans were told that the Russian collusion was real and that you were getting closer and closer to Trump. Pundits claimed the evidence of collusion was out there, that it was only a matter of time until you found it.
They all were wrong. Ten months in, you have failed to produce any evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin. The cases you have brought so far had nothing to do with Russian collusion.
Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos were charged with knowingly making false statements to the FBI. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were accused of tax evasion and money laundering. The 13 Russians you indicted allegedly conducted a campaign to influence our domestic politics, a charge you will never have to prove.
You and your team of Democrats have spent taxpayers’ money in the millions to investigate Russian collusion, but have nothing to show for it.
But your failure was a foregone conclusion the moment you took the job because there is no Trump–Russia collusion. The Russian probe is a conspiracy against Trump, a duly elected president. It was whipped up by the FBI and the DOJ, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, Sen. John McCain, and their media accomplices.
The key evidence that started the whole thing is the dossier prepared by Christopher Steele, a discredited smear document paid for by the Democrats. Your investigation was built on such a shaky legal foundation from day one. Yet you showed little concern for due process and your own professional reputation. Why? Can it be that you are not seeking truth, but rather fighting for a political cause with zeal?
In the hands of unscrupulous prosecutors, an investigation can easily be turned into an inquisition. A case in point is the Wisconsin John Doe investigation.
In 2010, an investigation into alleged violations of Wisconsin campaign finance laws by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his associates was launched by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat. Walker was accused of illegally coordinating with conservative groups.
Pre-dawn raids were conducted. Armed officers wielding subpoenas demanded files, emails, cell phones, and computers from the bleary-eyed homeowners. The investigation would rage on for five years before it was shut down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which ruled the actions of the prosecutors violated the targets’ First Amendment rights to political speech.
Chisholm failed to nail Walker because there was no illegal coordination. Some of Walker’s former associates, however, were caught in the dragnet. Their lives were turned upside down in the long years of legal battles. Their life savings were exhausted, and some were on the verge of losing their homes. The trauma shook families to their core, and, in their neighborhoods, a cloud of suspicion hung over them.
It was revealed that Chisholm was personally and politically motivated to pursue Walker. The investigations were a textbook case of political persecution masquerading as a legitimate probe and are a warning about the harm that out of control prosecutors can do.
It was reported that you were looking at real estate dealings Trump made long before he was elected president. Rumors have it that you could possibly investigate Trump’s dealings with porn star Stormy Daniels. Can you deny that your probe looks more and more like a fishing expedition, Mr. Special Counsel?
Some suggest if Trump is innocent, he should act like it, meaning tolerating whatever you throw at him. That is a ridiculous notion. It is like telling Giordano Bruno, a victim of the Roman Inquisition in 1600, that he should trust the Inquisition and let it do its job. Bruno was imprisoned and investigated for eight years, before he was declared a heretic and burned at the stake.
Trump may not face the possibility of being burned at the stake, but neither should he, nor anyone, face an endless investigation without limits.
You were showered with lavish praise when you were appointed as special counsel. People said you were a super choice; your honesty and integrity made you uniquely qualified for the probe. Maybe. But I suppose there is a greater quality a special counsel should possess: knowing when to quit.
You have been in the limelight for too long, and may be intoxicated by it. Do you not realize that you have been a source of great division and strife for our nation? You accomplished what the Russians purportedly wanted to do: sowing discord in the United States.
If you have evidence against Trump, then prosecute, indict. You have a carte blanche from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Nobody can stop you. If you don’t, it is time to admit there is no collusion and close your case.