Back in May, I wrote a piece entitled, Why did Robert Mueller fail to protect America from William Barr? Repercussions of that failure have been rippling across this country like aftershocks of a 7.0 earthquake.
Mueller may have finished his report and handed it to his boss, as is required of a special counsel, but he also failed to obey what Star Trek fans might call the Prime Directive.
To Trekkies, the Prime Directive is a guiding principle of Starfleet, prohibiting its members from interfering with the internal and natural development of alien civilizations.
Here in America, the guiding principle for people like Robert Mueller is to defend the Constitution and our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Mueller has taken that oath numerous times, beginning with his induction into the U.S. Marines.
On Wednesday, Mr. Mueller will appear before Congress as a reluctant witness. He seems to think that he is above the fray, that he owes America nothing that isn't contained in his report.
Mr. Mueller is wrong. He owes America EVERYTHING. It's time for him to decide if he is going to continue to shield Donald Trump or step up and defend America.
At this point, Mueller is part of the cover up, part of the conspiracy to bury his own work.
If he doesn't do everything in his power to correct the record, to make sure the findings of his report reach the four corners of America, then Robert Mueller is complicit in the cover up of Donald Trump's criminality.
If he allows William Barr, Donald Trump, Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Sean Hannity, etc to control the FALSE NARRATIVE, then Robert Mueller is lending them his voice.
Whether it's arrogance or ignorance that makes him think that his job was done when he handed his report to William Barr, Mr. Mueller needs to obey the oath he took to defend this nation.
Whether Barr is a partisan liar, a shameless sycophant or a paid spokesman is irrelevant. He made his choice, now it's time for Mueller to make his.
Like it or not, duty obligates Mueller to make sure that America knows what's in his report.
Volume I of the Mueller Report lists ONE HUNDRED FIFTY contacts between Russian operatives and members of the Trump organization.
How many Russians do YOU know? How many of your friends, co-workers or associates have contact with Russians and how many of them would lie about it?
How many Russians conspired to elect Barack Obama?
Volume II of the report details TEN instances of obstruction or attempted obstruction of justice. YOU would be in jail for any ONE of them.
The Constitution offers a pathway to impeachment for unspecified high crimes and misdemeanors. Impeachment being a political process, though, all crimes are not impeachable and impeachment does not require a crime.
Obstruction of justice, however, is a clearly defined crime and NO ONE is exempt from prosecution. Especially not the perpetrator of TEN specific and separate instances of that crime.
In his report Mueller stipulates that, A general ban on corrupt action does not unduly intrude on the President's responsibility to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” U.S. Const. Art. II, § 3. To the contrary, the concept of “faithful execution” connotes the use of power in the interest of the public, NOT IN THE OFFICE HOLDER'S PERSONAL INTERESTS.
In other words, charging a president with corruption would NOT interfere with that president's LEGAL duties and obligations.
ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT GIVE THE PRESIDENT FREE REIGN TO ACT IN HIS OWN INTEREST.
When he swore on a Bible to faithfully execute the duties of his office, Donald Trump promised:
(1) Diligent, honest, careful, good faith, and impartial execution of law or office.
(2) A duty not to misuse an office’s funds and or take unauthorized profits.
(3) A duty not to act ultra vires, beyond the scope of one’s office.
Regarding the duties of his office, Trump is ZERO FOR THREE and clearly outside the protection of Article II. The question is, Why did Robert Mueller decide to offer Trump protection to which he is not entitled?
If Mueller thinks he's following some noble, higher road, he's mistaken. He is watching a house on fire and refusing to dial 9-1-1.
The following quote has been attributed to many men and traces back to the 18th Century: For evil men to accomplish their purpose, it is only necessary that good men do nothing.
Mr. Mueller, it's time for you to do SOMETHING.
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