Interesting. Mueller “could” end his investigation by September 1 If President Trump agrees to an “interview”. I hope President Trump doesn’t fall for this.
First of all, in government language, there are hard and fast definitions for certain words. Thus, “could” doesn’t mean the same thing as “will” or “shall”. Words like “will” and “shall” in government-speak are unwavering terms. Words like “could” are elastic and bound by nothing.
Then there is the curious date of September 1. Why September 1? Couldn’t President Trump meet with Mueller for his “interview” in, say June, and the Mueller probe then end in July?
Oh wait, mid-term elections occur on November 6.
Forget for a moment – despite all that media across the board from Fox News to MSNBC are telling you – that the Mueller probe is a legitimate use of a special counsel. Instead, imagine for a moment that the Mueller probe is taxpayer funded opposition research versus Donald Trump masquerading as a special counsel chartered to determine whether then candidate Trump colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election season.
As a political entity, why would Mueller offer September 1 as an end date for his probe. Could it be:
– The potential for an October-surprise gotcha moment versus Trump just in time for the 2018 mid-terms? Keep in mind, the special counsel empowered to investigate Bill Clinton started at Whitewater and ended with a stain on a blue dress.
– Mueller’s realization that his probe is illegitimate and thus, to save his own credibility and legacy, he wants to get the whole farce over and done with before an indictment arrives at his bedside? Democrats have a lot to win and a lot to lose in the 2018 mid-terms. Right now, with a platform that consists of Mueller and Stormy Daniels, their prognosis isn’t all that good.
It’s hard to say what Mueller’s motivation might be but far less hard to say President Trump shouldn’t trust Mueller. Were I Trump, I’d force Mueller to continue at least through the mid-term election so that Democrats are forced to reap what they’ve sown.
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