The United States Attorney General, a office held by select individuals over the course of American history, was recently asked to serve as special council on an investigation into potential foreign collusion in our 2016 electoral process. The face of that investigation was Robert Mueller, a 75 year old special appointee from New York, was a former FBI director and Marine who served in the Vietnam war. This highly decorated government servant will forever be linked to the current president, Donald J. Trump, and the election in which he defeated opponent Hillary Clinton. Two years after the investigation began, the Mueller report is released this week, with surprising results. Surprising to some, but why did Mueller fail?
In 2011, then President Barack Obama extended Mueller’s service as the Direct of the FBI beyond his normal term limit for an additional two years. Mueller was eventually replaced by James Comey in 2013, another name that has been in the news lately. After the FBI, Mueller spent a year lecturing at Stanford. He worked in the DC area as a part of the legal team in the firm WilmerHale as well as investigated NFL scandals involving Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice. Mueller also helped return 11 billion in customer settlements against Volkswagon in a 2017 emissions scandal. This is Mueller’s highlight reel. Likely, he has made lots of money(current net worth nearing 32 million) over the years not only from his high profile cases and special appointments, but also his time at the White House under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and his time at the Federal Bureau of Investigations. But that is his past.
After Donald Trump was elected president he interviewed Robert Mueller to re-assume his role as FBI director but was eventually passed over in favor for William Bar. The next day, May 17, 2017, Mueller was appointed as the lead special council by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate allegations that then candidate Trump used his Russian connections to influence the outcome of the 2016 election results. Less that 60 days shy of a two year investigation that costs tax payers millions of dollars, the findings or lack there of clear President Trump and his office of any misdeeds.
Amid months of speculation, news reports, and op eds published by major networks revealed no evidence of collusion, which means secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others, on the part of the results of the election. In other words, those who those who supported the investigation just wasted taxpayer money and time. But Mueller failed in his investigation not only because he did not meet the expectations or demands of liberals and social justice warriors but being able to facilitate the extradition of President Trump; he failed in that he did not identify the link between those initiated the investigation in the first place.
Mainstream media, in an undercover investigation called Hoaxed, a movie by Mike Cernovich, admitted that the news cycle promoting the investigation was merely a monetarily fueled venture. CNN and other reporters caught on camera admitted to promoting a news story, a headline, based on no facts and no evidence. This speared Congress, in fact, influenced them in the courtroom of public opinion, and sparked the investigation of candidate Trump. The diverted attention from other leads and headlines aimed at the Clinton Foundation, collusion between mainstream media and the Democratic National Conference, as well as a host of other would be stories that should have been reported on earnestly and effectively.
Knowing or not knowing truth is the debate currently being argued on social media as well as mainstream media. Mueller was poised to connect the dots between the headlines and truth. Unfortunately, he failed to put the nail in the coffin of the fake news cycle when his report regarding Russian collusion made the press (at least not initially). In the first few hours of the report’s release, before the White House makes an official briefing, we are confronted by the results of a lengthy and costly investigation only to find out, to the horror of many, that there is and was never any evidence that candidate Trump, nor any from his office, colluded to defraud the American people from the office of the Presidency. Perhaps, he has failed, like Cernovich suggests, in actually fighting to turn the faces of those who are bent on believing mainstream media without question or consideration for the efforts some will take to silence all voices of opposition.
As the details of the investigation and the results of Mueller’s findings come to light, the public has the option to connect the dots for themselves because at first glance Mueller has not. Coming out of the cave of false perception is a trek worth making, even when the cognitive dissonance causes a headache.