Muftic: Give me a break. The fat lady has not yet sung. |

Muftic: Give me a break. The fat lady has not yet sung.

Felicia Muftic
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This falls into the give me a break category. The Trump White House launched a “wrap it up” campaign; “one year of the Special Counsel Mueller probe is enough, it has found nothing, and he works for us” as the line goes. The fat lady has not even begun to sing in the last act of this historical opera and the White House hopes to shut her up and give her a bad review before the end of the first act. They must fear the rest of the performance will not be music to their ears. There is much of the performance plot they and we the public do not know yet nor do we know what other characters have already sung.

Trump constantly claiming Mueller is on a witch hunt because there is no there-there ignores the witches bagged to date: 20 individuals and three businesses that have either been indicted or admitted guilt and a total of 75 charges, 25 of them against Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, now in jail for witness tampering. Other charges against Manafort include conspiracy and financial crimes. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans do not know about Mueller’s actions per a recent poll. Seventy-five percent of Republicans believe Trump’s slogan that the Mueller probe is a witch hunt, and 53 percent of all voters think the probe is politically motivated. But this is only Act 1.

For the Trump White House to claim Mueller has no proof of collusion (or obstruction, or financial crimes) is premature and empty propaganda coming from the White House mouths, to say the least, since no one yet knows what closed lip Mueller knows and he has not made his reports. Nonetheless, Trump continues the attack on the credibility of the FBI, Mueller, and negative press reports: As he said to Leslie Stahl, “he bashes to press to discredit negative stories.”

It took three years of Watergate probes into Richard Nixon’s cover up, four years of Benghazi Congressional hearings and FBI reports to fail to pin it on Hillary Clinton, and three years from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress for these investigations to play out in the Bill Clinton scandal. A year seems more than a bit short for these kinds of matters, doesn’t it?

The Trump White House mimics the same claim made by Richard Nixon in his State of the Union two years before he was impeached. A year is enough, Nixon said about the special counsel investigation into Watergate, we turned over all documents, and they have found nothing. The break-in occurred in 1971 and after special counsel and Congressional investigations, that impeachment was begun and Nixon resigned in 1974. Three years was way too long for Nixon.

Benghazi happened in 2012 and the GOP House and Senate-dominated hearings kept the issue alive to skewer Hillary Clinton and never could prove she herself was at fault. The final report was issued in the summer of 2016. For the GOP then four years was just fine; it kept questions about her character alive.

Aside from the irony of the Nixon propaganda parallel, the GOP House investigation run by a Trump loyalist, Rep. Devin Nunes, into the Russian connection was a farce and did not call essential witnesses to testify, concluding there was no there-there.

However, the Senate investigation continues and has found there was there-there. In their report May 16, they conclude Russians interfered in 2016 to help Trump’s campaign.

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