THE NATION is the progressive left’s premier, liberal magazine/website.
You’ve really got to give THE NATION credit for publishing this:
For more than two years, leading US political and media voices promoted a narrative that Donald Trump conspired with or was compromised by the Kremlin, and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would prove it. In the process, they overlooked countervailing evidence and diverted anti-Trump energies into fervent speculation and prolonged anticipation. So long as Mueller was on the case, it was possible to believe that “The Walls Are Closing In” on the traitor/puppet/asset in the White House.
The long-awaited completion of Mueller’s probe, and the release of his redacted report, reveals this narrative—and the expectations it fueled—to be unfounded. No American was indicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Mueller’s report does lay out extensive evidence that Trump sought to impede the investigation, but it declines to issue a verdict on obstruction. It presents no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with an alleged effort by the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton, and instead renders this conclusion: “Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the [Trump] Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.” As a result, Mueller’s report provides the opposite of what Russiagate promoters led their audiences to expect: Rather than detailing a sinister collusion plot with Russia, it presents what amounts to an extended indictment of the conspiracy theory itself.
Mueller’s report does answer that question: There were effectively no “Kremlin intermediaries.” The report contains no evidence that anyone from the Trump campaign spoke to a Kremlin representative during the election, aside from conversations with the Russian ambassador and a press-office assistant, both of whom were ruled out as having participated in a conspiracy (more on them later).
(Here’s a nifty little way to convert the article into a readable format: https://outline.com/)
It has to be one of the most painful pieces they’ve ever run.
Two and a half years of vicious slander, lies and outright fabrications with the sole purpose of “resistance.”
Rending the social fabric of the country and destroying/altering untold numbers of personal relationships based on nothing but class hatred and an inability to accept that one’s preferred candidate lost.
Regarding the press, even if they tell you it’s raining, you are best off fact-checking by looking out the window.
They were absolutely complicit and many of the outlets, particularly CNN & MSNBC, should be sued out of existence for journalistic malpractice.
Oh, and Robert Mueller knew there was no “collusion” nearly two years ago but kept the witch hunt going to try and entrap Trump into “obstructing justice“:
Some special counsel investigations have taken longer; it is the nature of such probes to drag on and on. But why did Mueller need nearly two years to determine whether the Trump campaign and Russia conspired or coordinated to fix the 2016 election?
He didn’t, it appears. In the wake of the release of Mueller’s report, there are indications that special counsel prosecutors mostly knew by the end of 2017, and certainly by a few months later, that the evidence would not establish that conspiracy or coordination — or collusion, to use the popular term — had taken place. Mueller clearly spent a lot of time on the other half of his report — trying to establish that Trump obstructed justice — but on the most explosive and consequential allegation of the Trump-Russia affair, the conspiracy allegation, the Mueller investigation was essentially over long before it officially ended.
“By early December, [Mueller] had exhausted all of the evidence and the witnesses,” John Dowd, who was the president’s lawyer for the first 10 months of the investigation, said in a recent podcast interview.
This is our ruling class…
Update (Doomberg): The author of the piece in THE NATION, Aaron Maté, launched an absolutely savage takedown of Rachel Maddow after she criticized him for being interviewed by Russia Today.
Start here, and enjoy:
1/ If YouTube were to recommend your show, it'd be recommending the leading purveyor of now debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, falsehoods & innuendo of the last 2+ years. Here's a sample:
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) April 28, 2019