Bob Mueller just played his ace in the hole and it came up a joker. Literally.
Mueller and Rosenstein just announced the indictments of a bunch of Russian agents in the hacking of the DNC during the 2016 election.
12 Russians get indicted right before Trump meets with Putin is definitely sending a message to Trump that he needs to be tougher on Putin than they think he should be.
But the truth is Trump has been very tough on Russia, he just doesn’t do it on the news for the cameras.
The media, however, is in a fever to get Trump on something, anything and they overreacted to Bob Mueller’s so-called smoking gun.
In the new indictments, Mueller says after Trump made a speech on July 27th asking the Russians to find Hillary’s missing 30,000 emails, the Russians tried to hack Hillary.
From the Hill:
A new indictment released Friday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Moscow’s election meddling details the attempts by Russian officials to infiltrate Clinton’s personal emails, her campaign’s emails and other private information belonging to Democratic campaign officials.
One portion of the indictment notes that “on or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office. At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.”
That same day, while Democrats were having their party’s official convention in Philadelphia, Trump gave a press conference at his Miami-area hotel where he made an explicit appeal to Russia to search for Clinton’s emails. Republicans had been furiously criticizing Clinton for deleting 30,000 emails she deemed personal from the private server she used as secretary of State before turning it over to the government.
“They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted. You’d see some beauties, so we’ll see,” Trump said.
“Russia, if you are listening,” he said, “I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press.”
By putting that date and that charge in there, Mueller is tipping his hat, or so the media thinks, to his smoking gun – that Trump told the Russians to hack.
This is key because taking advantage of material that has already been hacked is not a crime, so Mueller is in a tight spot.
He has to prove Trump knew and conspired with the hacks (most occurred before Trump even announced he was running) which he has not been able to because Trump would need a time machine to do so.
So this then is his last ditch effort to manufacture a smoking gun to impeach Trump – he directed the hack!
Problem with that…
Trump was clearly joking – anyone can see that. And last time I checked you can’t indict or impeach someone for telling a joke.
Bob Mueller may try but if all he has up his sleeve his a joker the press is desperate to turn into an ace, Trump is in the clear.