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The Mueller Probe Was an Unmitigated Success

The scandal is how much corruption it exposed—and how much turns out to have been perfectly legal...

...   So much about the rise of Donald Trump defied reason. But in the spring of 2016, he displayed one habit that I found beyond perplexing: He couldn’t stop praising Vladimir Putin. What made his obsequiousness so galling was that it often came in response to questions that warranted moral disdain: What about the assassination of journalists critical of the Russian government? Are you bothered by the invasion of Crimea? Whereas most of Trump’s policy positions shifted over the course of the campaign, his apologetics for Putin were a rare source of constancy.

As Trump raced to the Republican nomination, I began to search for ulterior explanations for Trump’s adoration of Putin—and the fact that his campaign served as a magnet for so many advisers and consultants with ties to Russian interests. On July 4, 2016, I published a piece in Slate pointing to Putin’s pattern of intervening on behalf of candidates hostile to the Western alliance, and arguing that we were seeing the same sort of interference unfolding in the United States. And I spent much of the next three years trying to understand the nature of that interference...

...   With tonight’s summation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, there will be a temptation among those who loudly trumpeted this scandal to apologize. And without a doubt, some Twitter detectives and journalists made mistakes—and overshot the evidence. They can apologize, but I won’t. Even if the actual Mueller report is anything like the attorney general’s summation of its contents, Russiagate will go down as one of the biggest scandals in American political history.

The Mueller investigation has been an unmitigated success in exposing political corruption. In the case of Paul Manafort, the corruption was criminal. In the case of Trump, the corruption doesn’t seem to have transgressed any laws. As Michael Kinsley famously quipped, “The scandal isn’t what’s illegal; the scandal is what’s legal.”

Lying to the electorate, adjusting foreign policy for the sake of personal lucre, and undermining an investigation seem to me pretty sound impeachable offenses—they might also happen to be technically legal...

...   Matt Taibbi has compared the coverage of the Russia scandal to the media’s gullible reporting about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The accusation is that the media are prone to parrot whatever self-serving conspiracy the national-security state has to offer.

But Mueller has apparently endorsed the fundamental underlying case emanating from the intelligence community: The Russians were actively working to secure Trump’s victory. What makes their interference so horrifying is that it involved the theft of information and the active manipulation of public perceptions...

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/mueller-report/585631/

 

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33 minutes ago, SC_RNDude said:

I can’t wait for Barr to hand the report over to Congress, and then watch the Democrats call for his resignation because by doing so he broke DOJ regulations.

Is that what the talking heads on Fox are predicting?

In the future, comments such as yours really belong in Trump thread.

 

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32 minutes ago, SC_RNDude said:

If this little pep talk to yourself gets you through this grieving over the Mueller report, I’ll tolerate it.  Just cause that’s the kinda guy I am.

In the future, this post really belongs with all the other similar ones in the echo chamber that is the President Donald Trump thread, or maybe the 2020 Election thread.

Personally, I don't care where you think it belongs, dude.

Not at all!

😉

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34 minutes ago, SC_RNDude said:

If this little pep talk to yourself gets you through this grieving over the Mueller report, I’ll tolerate it.  Just cause that’s the kinda guy I am.

In the future, this post really belongs with all the other similar ones in the echo chamber that is the President Donald Trump thread, or maybe the 2020 Election thread.

Not a pep talk at all.

It is the truth.

I'm not grieving, dude.

You see, I understand Trump's troubles are far from over.

NY, VA and Washington, DC, are just ahead.

The midterms demonstrated that most Americans want oversight of DJT and friends.

Most Americans are unwilling to accept regurgitated paplam as truth, the way you are.

And hence, that beautiful Blue Wave, last November.

It is building again.

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52 minutes ago, SC_RNDude said:

If this little pep talk to yourself gets you through this grieving over the Mueller report, I’ll tolerate it.  Just cause that’s the kinda guy I am.

In the future, this post really belongs with all the other similar ones in the echo chamber that is the President Donald Trump thread, or maybe the 2020 Election thread.

I completely understand your buoyed spirits, dude.

After all, your side hasn't had much to celebrate.

DJT is a deplorable person, insulting a dead war hero, while his father purchased DJT's way out of Vietnam.

And of course, his many other deplorable actions.

Drink those White Russians now, dude, rather than later because the good times aren't going to last.

I recall many years ago, when Bill Clinton challenged George HW Bush. It was August, and I was working in a five-person CPA office.

The owner was a bigoted Republican. We all are lunch together.

He announced, by looking at polling numbers, that there was no way Clinton was going to beat Bush.

I recall thinking: You are an idiot. Three months is a long, long, time in political terms.

Of course, I was right!

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2 hours ago, Lil Nel said:

I completely understand your buoyed spirits, dude.

After all, your side hasn't had much to celebrate.

DJT is a deplorable person, insulting a dead war hero, while his father purchased DJT's way out of Vietnam.

And of course, his many other deplorable actions.

Drink those White Russians now, dude, rather than later because the good times aren't going to last.

I recall many years ago, when Bill Clinton challenged George HW Bush. It was August, and I was working in a five-person CPA office.

The owner was a bigoted Republican. We all are lunch together.

He announced, by looking at polling numbers, that there was no way Clinton was going to beat Bush.

I recall thinking: You are an idiot. Three months is a long, long, time in political terms.

Of course, I was right!

Not only am I missing how your story is related to this thread, I’m missing how it relates to anything.

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“[Rachel] Maddow, who has consistently vied for the first or second top-rated cable news program, was sixth on Monday evening, down almost 500,000 total viewers from the previous Monday, as was MSNBC’s second top-rated program in primetime, ‘The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell,’” the outlet reported.”

http://dlvr.it/R1gWfY

 

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59 minutes ago, SC_RNDude said:

“[Rachel] Maddow, who has consistently vied for the first or second top-rated cable news program, was sixth on Monday evening, down almost 500,000 total viewers from the previous Monday, as was MSNBC’s second top-rated program in primetime, ‘The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell,’” the outlet reported.”

http://dlvr.it/R1gWfY

 

Not only am I missing how your post is related to this thread, I'm missing how it relates to anything.

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3 hours ago, SC_RNDude said:

“[Rachel] Maddow, who has consistently vied for the first or second top-rated cable news program, was sixth on Monday evening, down almost 500,000 total viewers from the previous Monday, as was MSNBC’s second top-rated program in primetime, ‘The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell,’” the outlet reported.”

http://dlvr.it/R1gWfY

 

Is there a point to this post?

If so, I am missing it.

Anybody else missing the point here?

Edited by Lil Nel

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2 hours ago, Lil Nel said:

Is there a point to this post?

If so, I am missing it.

Anybody else missing the point here?

I thought it was obvious.  My mistake for not knowing my audience.

Maddow rode the Russia collusion hoax to high ratings.  Now that even her followers realize they’ve been duped, she lost 20% of her viewers over a weekend.

I suspect her ratings will rebound.  Her viewership is so desperate to get rid of Trump, they’ll easily be swayed to tune in again when she makes some outrageous speculations regarding what’s in the report that we’re not seeing.

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4 hours ago, Tweety said:

Not only am I missing how your post is related to this thread, I'm missing how it relates to anything.

My question ti Nel was sincere.  What is the point of that post.  It seems I’m missing something.  Please enlighten me.

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10 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

It's more likely that liberals will campaign on health care and the deficit and other issues which helped them to win the House in 2018. 

Congressional Democrats will likely continue to peel the onion that is the corruption and dishonesty of the Trump administration.

Oops, I forgot earlier.

I forgot the key Democrat election strategies of the future:

- get rid of electoral college

- lower voting age to 16

- flood the country with immigrants

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