Reader: Bickering, grandstanding doesn’t help
In a letter to the Coastal Point on May 23, Mr. Ken Niehaus musters material reflecting his view of the Russian collusion and obstruction matter and concludes the Congressional “case should not be closed.”
Well, by golly, it shall go on if Congress deems it so. Indeed, it is beyond question that Congress has legitimate oversight responsibility concerning collusion by an American president with a foreign country. The rub is that the American public simply lacks a sensible explanation from Congress as to why further investigation is critical to its fulfillment of its oversight role in this matter in contrast to getting on with Articles of Impeachment.
Special Counsel Mueller took almost two years to conduct and conclude his investigation. At the outset, all political parties and national media sighed with relief because such an investigation would surely get to the bottom of all relevant facts and finally and definitively tell the American public what happened.
A team of at least 20 “super” litigators with storied backgrounds in peeling the onion of criminal skullduggery, supported by a cast of thousands in international surveillance, accounting algorithms and you name it, were free to ferret out all relevant information, anywhere inside the Beltway, the nation and yes, the world.
The bowels of Fifth Floor Main Justice are a sobering environment of historic paneled offices occupied by great thinkers, Democrats and Republicans alike, and the mood is often fueled by an unlimited budget for the pursuit of proof — oh, glorious, unvarnished, legally admissible proof.
Can you imagine sitting for an interview before a group of these prosecutors? Dismissed after eight grueling hours and then, oops, they forgot to ask you about something, so back you come. Oops and oops and oops; again and again and again. For White House Counsel Don McGahn, it was a total of 90 hours of unconditional cooperation.
Save one, there was no one the Mueller team didn’t get to talk to on their terms, on their turf, on their time and with building repositories of documents loaded in the ammunition belt ready for a fusillade at any cooperating witness failing to “cross a T.”
Today, right now, Congress can go forward in their legitimate role as constitutional safeguard with Articles of Impeachment based on the Mueller report and all other evidence amassed in this case. Or, they can proceed for the next 17 months engaged in spectacle, charade and media bites wherein they howl and bray to the American public that 90 hours of “waterboarding McGahn” wasn’t enough to slake a thirst that regrettably appears to be rooted in partisan revenge.
All that America has accomplished with this episode of intrigue is the elimination forever of the “Special Counsel” as an effective law enforcement vehicle for the United States Department of Justice to get to the truth. Jack Nicholson, speaking from one penultimate script line from “A Few Good Men,” snarled “All you have done is weaken a country.” Tom Cruise, what say you?