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by Ruth Riddle:

The Mueller witch hunt is comparable to the Salem witch trials (1692-1693), which arose from hysteria. History has proven these trials were a travesty of colonial justice. The evidence in the Salem witch trials was concocted and spectral. Even though history has exonerated the defendants, they were wronged (some killed) by the hysterical masses.

The people, politicians and prosecutors of the 21st Century consider themselves immune to the irrational beliefs that put the Salem defendants on trial. The prosecutors of today would never allow the admission of spectral evidence in their courtrooms. They would insist that they are steeped in the constitution and only consider factual evidence.

However, the hysteria of today, commonly termed Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), has resulted in an investigation prefaced on spurious, if not spectral, allegations. The allegations, in part, derive from the Trump Dossier (35 pages), which was compiled by a former British spy, Christopher Steele. The dossier was first funded by a Republican rival during the primaries. Subsequently, the dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. The FBI has been aware of the dossier throughout its history, and it was used in 2016 to support an application to the FISA court for authority to surveil Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser.

President-elect Trump was briefed by the FBI on the dossier in January 2017. BuzzFeed leaked the contents of the dossier on January 10, 2017. At this point, FBI Director James Comey was leading an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was fired on February 13, 2017, after the Washington Post revealed he had lied to Vice-President Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer about meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on December 29, 2016.   Remember, the meeting itself was not illegal.

On May 9, 2017, President Trump fired Director Comey, following recommendations by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. When Comey later testified he had leaked memos of his meetings with President Trump to the New York Times (via a third party), in the hope a special counsel would be appointed, Rosenstein appointed Bob Mueller to pursue the Trump/Russia collusion investigation.

The unsubstantiated, politically motivated dossier is central to the genesis of the investigation. Also, the leaked emails of the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta (Clinton campaign manager) via WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 are alleged to have been passed by the Russian hackers, per the intelligence community. To date, there is no conclusive proof that Russia was the source. There is credible speculation that DNC and Clinton campaign insiders accessed the data. WikiLeaks has never provided its source.

When Trump won the presidential election, TDS exploded among the MSM, the Democrats, RINOs (e.g., John McCain) and the Deep State. After over a year of investigating allegations of Trump/Russia collusion, there is no evidence. However, there is substantial evidence of Deep State collusion, as exemplified by communications among FBI and DOJ officials. People like Michael Flynn have been indicted on charges unrelated to collusion. Lives have been damaged.

The Mueller witch hunt must end.

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