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The Mueller Investigation

Updated on November 8, 2018
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

After almost two years of investigation, among leaks, and hearings, and secret spying...Robert Mueller has not found any crime so far. What now?

- Nov. 2018

Background

The surprise election win of President Trump in 2016 started our country down this path of an investigation by a special prosecutor. Make no mistake about it. If Hillary Clintoon was elected, you would not hear another word of Russian collusion.

The investigation was initiated under James Comey of the FBI and some of his top lieutenants. The origin was a Russian dossier having leveled some incredible charges against then candidate Trump. This lead to the FISA court to approve secret investigation of some US citizens working in the Trump campaign. The big question was did Trump or any of his top staff members, colluded with some Russian agents to steal or affect the outcome of the election of 2016?

A View From 10,000 Feet

All politics aside, what can we say about this investigation.

There are these observations. The FBI and the DOJ are the key investigation tools here. They have spent almost two years, with many staff and spent a bundle of money... If the top investigative agency cannot find evidence of a crime, what can we conclude?

There are three possibilities.

1. The target of the investigation, Mr. Trump, was so smart and ellusive, he was able avoid getting caught.

2. The FBI and DOJ, with all their top agents and lawyers and resources are unable to find any evidence therefore they are either incompetent or...

3. There was no crime in the first place.

Occam’s Razor.

Occam’s Razor

Occam's razor (also Ockham's razor or Ocham's razor; Latin: lex parsimoniae "law of parsimony") is the problem-solving principle that the simplest solution tends to be the correct one. When presented with competing hypotheses to solve a problem, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions. The idea is attributed to William of Ockham(c. 1287–1347), who was an English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, and theologian.

In this case, you have to ask some basic questions.

How come our top intelligence community cannot find any evidence? The NSA, the CIA, the FBI and other top agencies, with all their secret monitoring of conversations and digital communications, have not produced one incidence of collusion.

Are they so incompetent, or is Trump so smart, or there just is nothing there?

What Has Recent History Taught Us?

There is something to be said about possibilities number 2. These agencies have a history of either willful misconduct or incompetency. The FBI and other intellegence agencies have been politicized in recent years.

A case in point. The investigation into Hillary’s miss handling of confidential information and her private email server.

In this case, there were plenty of hard evidence. There were many players. There were plenty of digital audit trails and bread crumbs. There were whistle blowers willing to testify. Yet, after many investigations and congressional hearings, the FBI director, James Comey, gave a long news conference outlining all the evidence and then proceeded to conclude there was no crime committed and exonerated Hillary Clinton.

When it walks like a duck and talk like a duck...it is a duck. No amount of investigstion would change that opinion.

Time To Put Up or Shut Up...

Now that the mid-term election is over, it is time for Robert Mueller to move forward. He either has the evident to move forward with an indictment or conclude his investigstion with a summary report. All americans should demand this. I want to know what went on. If there is high crime and misdemeanor commited by Trump, I want him impeached. On the other hand, if there was no evidence, I want the report to state so.

We cannot have indefinite investigation going on and on. Our justice system of due process and fairness demands it.

© 2018 Jack Lee

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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      4 days ago from Yorktown NY

      I have and the prosecutor specifically said these indictments have nothing to do with the Russian collusion and have not affected one single vote in 2016. So for you to stretch these inductment to say it is affecting the election is disingenuous.

      Here is the other thing you should know. The people involved with these investigations have been leaking like a sieve. If there was any evidence of Russian collusion, they would have been leaked by now.

      Use your head and not your heart...

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      Kelley Marks 

      4 days ago from California

      The Mueller investigation has indicted numerous Russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election; they used Facebook accounts to spread fake news, designed to support Trump's election. These are facts, Jack. Haven't you been paying attention to the news?!...

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      4 days ago from Yorktown NY

      What evidence do you have the Russians help elected Trump? I am shocked you made this statement so non-nonchalant.

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      Kelley Marks 

      4 days ago from California

      You're right, there's no evidence of collusion - so far. But the Russians definitely helped elect Trump in 2016. Also, the Mueller investigation has busted many people who committed numerous crimes, Cohen and Manafort, in particular, and they haven't finished squealing, so stay tuned. The Mueller investigation has been very successful!...

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      10 days ago from Yorktown NY

      I don’t know, maybe they are just corrupt and they did not steal an election.

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      CJ Kelly 

      10 days ago from Auburn, WA

      If they weren't colluding with the Russians, why was everyone lying to the FBI and laundering money? What were they worried about?

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      10 days ago from Yorktown NY

      CJ, if you read my hub, it says on the Russian Collusion, there are no evidence and no indictment. That is what Mueller was charged with investigating.

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      CJ Kelly 

      10 days ago from Auburn, WA

      HI Jack

      Don't you think this hub is a bit premature? Stone and Junior will probably be indicted before the end of the year. Plus, 19 individuals charged along with 3 companies. Five guilty pleas. Much more to come.

      As for the "cost," $16.7 million is peanuts. Ken Starr spent more than $52 million and Iran Contra cost $47 million. Benghazi House Select Committee spent $7 million, found nothing. Not one indictment. A complete farce.

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      breakfastpop 

      10 days ago

      Mueller needs to be investigated. He is not the squeaky clean guy he was made out to be when he was appointed. This nation has had enough of him and his expensive and pointless probe.

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