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Deroy Murdock: Mueller's got nothing, so he should wrap up his sorry act and go home

By DEROY MURDOCK
April 19. 2018 11:44PM




NEW YORK — Like Captain Ahab, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has spent months frantically hunting a giant whale. So far, Mueller has harpooned a couple of cod and a few salmon. And Mueller’s voyage is an enormous embarrassment compared to the mass ichthyocide, which was the Watergate investigation, even at its equivalent stage.

The FBI’s Russiagate inquiry began in late July 2016. The intervening 21 months — including Mueller’s subsequent appointment last May 17 — have witnessed:

• Oct. 30, 2017: Donald J. Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, were indicted on 12 counts, among them, conspiracy and money laundering. These charges concern alleged illegality before their work for Trump.

• Oct. 30: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about conversations with Russian contacts.

• Dec. 1: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about diplomatic discussions with Russia’s U.S. ambassador after 2016’s election. However, James Comey reportedly has said that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn believe that he did not lie to them.

• Feb. 16, 2018: Thirteen Russian citizens were indicted for meddling in 2016’s election. As he unveiled these charges, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein declared: “There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity.”

• April 3: Attorney Alex van der Zwann received a 30-day prison sentence for lying to the FBI about his Ukrainian-related legal work in 2012.

While these people either admitted to or are accused of wrongdoing, none has been charged with Trump/Russian collusion.

Now, juxtapose Mueller’s sashimi plate with the fish market that was the FBI’s Watergate probe and ensuing actions by two special prosecutors:

• Oct. 10, 1972: The Washington Post connected the break-in with “a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of the Nixon reelection effort.”

• Jan. 11, 1973: Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt pleaded guilty to burglary, conspiracy, and wiretapping. Federal Judge “Maximum” John Sirica sentenced him to 2.5 to eight years’ confinement.

• Jan. 15: Burglars Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinez, and Frank Sturgis pleaded guilty to wiretapping. Martinez and Sturgis also pleaded guilty to burglary. They each spent between 14 and 16 months on ice.

• Jan. 30: Burglar James McCord and ringleader G. Gordon Liddy were convicted of burglary, conspiracy, and wiretapping.

• March 1, 1974: Nixon’s White House political-affairs aide Charles Colson, domestic-policy adviser John Ehrlichman, chief-of-staff H.R. Haldeman, and Attorney General John Mitchell (all having resigned) were indicted for obstruction of justice. Ehrlichman and Mitchell also faced conspiracy and perjury charges. The same day, President Richard M. Nixon was named an “unindicted conspirator,” placing him at the center of this catastrophe. Five months later, he resigned.

In a humiliating contrast to these legendary law-enforcement victories, Mueller has yet to prove that the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

Rather than announce that he has found bupkis to tie Trump or his campaign to any Russian effort to secure the Oval Office, Mueller and his pack of pro-Hillary prosecutors keep on keeping on.

As this examination creeps like a rising tide into territory many nautical miles from its origin (Stormy Daniels, Cohen’s taxi medallions, etc.), Mueller and his gang of Trump-haters will endeavor to drown Trump.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.


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