March 24, 2019 — Attorney General William Barr released a letter summarizing the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between President Trump,his election team and the Russians who allegedly interfered in the 2016 Presidential Election. The letter unambiguously says, “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election.”
It’s important to understand the extent of the Special Counsel’s investigation, particularly because the President’s opponents in both parties are unlikely to give up on this idea regardless of the conclusions found in the report.
- The official starting date of the probe was May 17, 2017, and the official end date was March 22, 2019. That equates to 675 days, starting a mere four months after Trump’s inauguration. That bridged the 2018 midterm elections, and many suspect it played a big part in the Democrats gaining a majority in the House.
- Mueller’s team included 19 lawyers and 40 professional support staff, including FBI agents, intelligence analysts and others. Nearly 500 search warrants were executed and more than 2,800 subpoenas issued.
- As of February 2019, the cost of the investigation to the taxpayers was approximately $25 million. Given that the case just came to a close, it’s certain the final bill will be even higher.
- Attorney Greg Craig, a former White House Counsel during the Barack Obama administration with ties to Hillary Clinton, has become a person of interest in a matter explored by the Mueller investigation team.
- Regardless of the massive amount of work and money spent, and the findings of the probe, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) insists there is still “significant evidence of collusion.”
- House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said just hours after the release of AG Barr’s letter, “obviously, we know there was some collusion,” in complete contrast to the notice. Could this be willful ignorance, a political ploy to score points with the socialist arm of the Democratic party or an unclear understanding of the English language? Only time will tell.
- While this lengthy tribunal has wrapped up, it is clear that the inquiries by the political Left have not.