From time to time, it has occurred to me how lucky we are to be living in the United States. We have a justice system that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. If we were living in Argentina or Kenya or even France, the chances are much greater for ending up the victim of a justice system that is capricious at best and venal at worst. That could never happen in the US of A.
Wanna bet? Courtesy of the Mueller gang, our system of justice has been perverted. The original mandate for the special counsel was investigating alleged Trump- Russia collusion. So far, Mueller has found none. What he has done is snare his political enemies in a perjury trap in order to torpedo a legitimate presidential election. General Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Jerome Corsi and others were not exposed to criminal charges prior to the special counsel investigation. They were tricked into giving testimony that can be questioned on a technicality and thereby serve as the basis for a charge of perjury.
Corsi, for example, was incriminated because he forgot an email that he sent three years ago. He sends a thousand emails a day, but Mueller’s gang expected him to remember every one. Shucks folks, he forgot one, big deal! No, says Mueller, Corsi’s lousy memory is tantamount to a lie. He committed perjury even though Corsi amended his testimony with Mueller’s approval. By charging Corsi, the special prosecutor went back on a promise. Why wasn’t Mueller charged for lying to a witness? This nonsense only works one way—in favor of the state.
The real objective of the perjury trap is to coerce witnesses to “compose” evidence capable of bringing down the president. In Corsi’s case, Mueller wanted him to make up a story proving the Trump administration colluded with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and, by extension, with the Russians. Corsi refused to compose, so he is being charged with perjury. There is a name for this: blackmail. If you refuse to lie for us, we will prosecute you.
This should be familiar to anyone who remembers the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. Prominent men and women were dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee and asked to name names—to implicate others who may have had dealings with the Communist Party. If you cooperated by naming names, as did movie director Elia Kazan, you were forgiven. If you refused, like playwright Arthur Miller, you could be jailed or blacklisted—prevented from earning a living in your chosen profession. I have attempted to compare Mueller to Sen. Joseph McCarthy because both men placed themselves above the law and attempted to pervert the justice system.
“The most serious problem with a special counsel,” says Harvey Silverglate, defense attorney and author of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, “is that when a prosecutor is appointed to examine closely the lives and affairs of a pre- selected group of targets, that prosecutor is almost certain to stumble across multiple actions that might be deemed criminal under the sprawling and incredibly vague federal criminal code.” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has insisted repeatedly that Mueller has produced nothing so far that constitutes a federal crime. “If Mueller claims that Trump or members of his entourage committed crimes,” Silverglate agrees, “it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily so.”
Let’s face it, Mueller’s brand of perjury is a non-crime. Getting some dates wrong is not perjury. In Flynn’s case, after he was coerced into pleading guilty of lying to the FBI, then Director Comey testified that he did not believe that Flynn had lied. So was Flynn framed by Mueller and the FBI? No one should be subjected to a third world inquisition. It’s the sort of thing that we expect to happen in Cuba or North Korea. If our justice system were functioning as it should, Mueller himself would be charged with blackmail and subornation of perjury—persuading a witness to make a false oath. Instead, the lives of uncooperative witnesses are being destroyed when they are charged with a non-crime by the special counsel. The FBI has been complicit in Mueller’s efforts, as demonstrated by the KGB-style nighttime raid on Manafort’s
home. Receiving the full treatment from Mueller must be frightening indeed.
The concept of checks and balances is supposed to protect us from an overzealous prosecutor. Mueller is getting away with thumbing his nose at the Constitution because, like Sen. McCarthy, he is accountable to no one. For that reason alone, the president should fire Mueller before he can do any more damage to the justice system.
Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of seven
books including his latest, Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying