Trump’s special counsel to investigate Mueller’s probe can’t undo Russia discoveries: conservative columnist
Trump/Mueller (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)

Before leaving the White House in Jan. 2021, former President Donald Trump issued his own payback for former special counsel Robert Mueller by appointing his own special counsel to investigate Mueller's investigation.

John Durham, the man chosen for the job, appears to be having a difficult time finding any significant problems.

Thus far Durham has indicted an attorney who worked for a firm that also worked for former Secretary Hillary Clinton. While details in the dossier by Christopher Steele are being called into question, the Russia probe, evidence discovered and those indicted are not being questioned.

The reason for that, wrote conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot, is that neither Trump nor conservative media outlets will ever be able to legitimately dismiss the Trump-Russia scandal. The evidence is clear, even if Trump attempts to downplay the seriousness of what Mueller found, any claims of it being "phony" or that Trump was somehow the victim of a "hoax" from the Democratic Party.

"Nice try — but it won't fly," argued Boot. "The Steele dossier is a sideshow. Like many raw intelligence reports, it was full of uncorroborated information — a lot of which doesn't check out. But the Steele dossier did not launch the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and discrediting it does not undermine the evidence that the Kremlin helped Trump win the election with his campaign's eager encouragement and cooperation. You can debate whether this constituted 'collusion,' a word with no legal definition. You can't deny that there was extensive collaboration — at least not without resorting to bald-faced lies."

Mueller's investigation resulted in a report that made clear that there was plenty of interplay between Trump's campaign and Russia. The report then went on to list at least 10 examples of obstruction of justice committed by Trump.

Boot noted that even the bipartisan finding of the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that there was interference by Russia in the 2016 election.

Boot listed off some of the findings and those indicted, convicted or who pleaded guilty based on the Mueller probe.

"Trump and his crew cannot claim they did not know where this stolen information was coming from," wrote Boot. "The report notes that 'Trump and the Campaign continued to promote and disseminate the hacked WikiLeaks documents' even after the intelligence community publicly attributed the documents to a Russian operation."

He cited in the Senate report that the Trump campaign not only refused to work with the FBI to protect U.S. national security, "The Trump Campaign publicly undermined the attribution of the hack-and-leak campaign to Russia, and was indifferent to whether it and WikiLeaks were furthering a Russian election interference effort."

Boot closed by saying that even if the Steele dossier was never published or authored, Trump actively pushed Russia to damage his political opponent in the 2016 ekection, and any denial of that fact would be false.

"There is a very good reason that Mueller documented multiple instances of obstruction of justice by Trump — offenses for which he should still be prosecuted. The former president had plenty to cover up," he said.

Read the full column at the Washington Post.

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