You can always count on New York Times columnist Charles Blow to repeat whatever liberals have been saying for the past week, in case you missed any of it.
On Monday, Blow insisted, as Democrats and the news media have been doing, that President Trump and political allies “are executing a strategy of wholesale obstruction, refusing to comply in any way on any front.”
And with that, the tired narrative that Trump has so far refused to comply with the ridiculous, endless Russia investigation was put to bed. There’s nowhere to go after Blow says it.
The claim that Trump has refused to “comply” would be laughed at if the Times op-ed page weren’t always so predictably fact-free. Mueller’s probe included interviews with 500 witnesses, the execution of as many search warrants, and the issuance of nearly 3,000 subpoenas. It was concluded with an unlimited budget, unlimited time frame, and with the help of 20 lawyers and 40 FBI agents.
Don McGahn, the lawyer for Trump during the investigation, sat for 30 hours' worth of interviews with Mueller’s team and submitted written answers on behalf of Trump to the investigation.
This, according to Blow, is “wholesale obstruction, refusing to comply in any way on any front.”
I gather than Democrats and liberals in the media want to keep the party going now for the same reason they demanded the investigation to begin with — to maintain an indefinite cloud over Trump’s White House that hampers his effectiveness. If it weren’t solely a political maneuver, this wouldn’t be the 50th time that Blow has called for impeachment, not because it would go anywhere but for the political damage it would do.
At some point, enough is enough. That point was on April 18, 2019, when Attorney General William Barr released the Mueller report with minimal reductions to the public.
Anyone outside of Washington who wants to know what’s in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report can read it. But don't trust the media as to its content, or you might fall prey to lines like this from Blow: “There is no doubt whatsoever that Trump broke the law by obstructing justice, as he sought to end investigations into him, his campaign and his administration. The Mueller report makes that abundantly clear. Special Counsel Robert Mueller refused to state declaratively that Trump committed a crime because of Department of Justice guidelines issued by the Office of Legal Counsel that are against indicting a sitting president.”
This is not true in any way. Blow is either deliberately misleading his readers or he didn’t read the actual report, which stated neither of these things.
An honest reading shows that Mueller explicitly stated there was a lot of doubt about whether Trump had broken any obstruction law. It noted that there was no underlying crime (conspiracy with Russia) to have obstructed the justice of and that there was “substantial evidence” that the intent behind Trump’s actions in questoin were political and not criminal.
Mueller’s acknowledgment of current Justice Department policy not to indict sitting presidents was a legal footnote on process, not a complaint that his hands were tied in what would otherwise be a clear-cut case.
There is nothing left to do here, Just because Democrats and liberals like Blow keep making demands doesn’t mean anyone in the administration needs to volunteer to be dragged around by their neck, lest they be accused of “wholesale obstruction, refusing to comply in any way on any front.”
It's always something: No Russia conspiracy? Then, give us the unredacted Mueller report (which would violate federal law). No? Then, give us your tax returns.
The whole thing is sick. There’s no refusal to “comply.” There’s only a Democratic Party and a liberal news media refusing to face reality.