by Wayne Simmes:
Let me start out by saying that everyone has something to hide. I don’t care if you are Mother Teresa, The Pope or President Trump, you have done something in your past that can be construed as evil. So agreeing to be questioned by someone that I believe to be a truly evil person, Robert Mueller is probably not a wise choice.
It might be one thing if this witch hunt had been confined to what we the people believe it was created for, Russian interference in our elections. But that line of inquiry went by the wayside many moons ago. Not one iota of evidence has been produced linking the President of the United States with Russian interference. But that has not sidelined Mueller or his team of ghouls.
Finding nothing concerning Russia to indict anyone on the Trump team with, Mueller proceeded to attack a good man Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI even though the then head of the FBI, James Comey had said that he found no evidence to support that allegation. But that did not deter Mueller. He knew that he needed someone to blame for something and so he convinces Michael Flynn to plead guilty because Mueller could continue the case indefinitely and Michael Flynn could not. It had already bankrupted him by that time. We have some hope that charge may be thrown out as it moves through the court system.
So on to two people that had some connections with the Trump Campaign, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Even though if you look at the headlines, they seem to be linked to Russian meddling, that is not what they were charged with. They are facing 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy against the United States, (whatever that means) being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements and other charges.
As this case moves through the courts and the defense counsel demands discovery of evidence, that probably is tainted by the fruit of a poison tree, these cases may also be dismissed. Of course, that depends on whether the defendants can afford to continue the battle.
So finding no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election Mueller has moved on to maybe they colluded with someone in the middle east. And maybe they colluded with voters in the United States which is more likely. But this goes to show that Mueller will never stop until he has found something damning within the Trump inner circle, with the big fish, The President himself being the prime target.
So why then would the President agree to sit down with who has proved himself to be an enemy of his administration? I believe that Mueller will use this meeting to expand his witch hunt even further afield. Perhaps it will be Trump’s finances that he attacks. Perhaps it might be his tax returns that he zeroes in on. That possibility itself should be enough to strike fear into Trump’s heart. Oh, not because he has knowingly done anything wrong with paying his due share to the IRS. But rather because no matter how he answers questions about his tax returns he might be open to charges of lying to the FBI. Nobody knows what the tax code says. If you were to ask 100 Certified Public Accountants about some facet of the tax code you might easily get 100 different answers. So no matter how the President might answer those questions, Mueller could find enumerable witnesses to testify that what he said was incorrect leading to the charge of perjury.
And even though a sitting President cannot be indicted, they can be impeached, which is what the majority of Democrats and more than a few Republicans want to see happen. Of course, even if Trump is exonerated by Mueller, which is highly unlikely, there is the distinct possibility that if the Democrats win back the House and Senate, this fall that he will face impeachment charges. I know the constitution says that he can only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors but these are not specified. Democrats, reporters, and others have been screaming for his impeachment from even before he took the oath of office.
So back to the original question, should the President meet with Robert Mueller? On one hand, I don’t see an upside. There is little if any possibility that when this meeting is over, the President will come out smelling better than when he went in. So if it was just the President that has something to lose I would say no way. Stay as far from the bloodsuckers as you can.
But on the other hand, it is imperative that Republicans maintain control of both houses this November. And if the President refuses to meet with Mueller, it is bound to be misconstrued as being because he has something to hide. And the Democrats are bound to jump on that in the upcoming campaign. Knowing how gullible the American Electorate is, that might be enough to cause the loss of the House and Senate. If that happens, even if the votes are not there for impeachment, everything the President is trying to accomplish will be blocked.
So it looks to me that he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.