“For The Haters And The Radical Left Democrats — Game Over”: What The Mueller Report Shows Us About Donald Trump

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted 448-page report on his investigation into interference in the 2016 elections was finally released on Thursday, April 18th. It was a day eagerly awaited by Democrats since the special counsel’s inception on May 17th, 2017, yet for a long time it felt infinitely far away. That day finally came. While Republicans dreaded the report’s potential findings as much as the left longed for them, they have mastered the subtle but ruthless art of political manipulation. The Democrats, in their hubris, sat idly by and waited for the Mueller report to emerge as the Republicans capitalized on their every advantage to gain as much unwavering support as possible. Many of the report’s contents could, if proven, be downright incriminating for President Trump. While the report was inconclusive, it gives evidence that he potentially obstructed justice and unequivocally proves that the President is openly and frequently dishonest to the American people.

The report has left the majority of Democrats dissatisfied, and rightfully so. This is because “[t]he evidence [Mueller’s counsel] obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent [them] from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred” (Mueller Report). The special counsel decided not to indict the president because “if an indictment were sealed during the President’s term[…] it would be very difficult to preserve [an indictment’s] secrecy, and if an indictment became public, ‘[t]he stigma and opprobrium’ could imperil the President’s ability to govern.” Nearly two years of investigation and media speculation have led to an inconclusive outcome, and as a spokeswoman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “The report raises more questions and concerns that we believe the American people deserve answers to.”

While the report draws no official conclusion, it certainly provides ample evidence for many, the most apparent being the fact that Donald Trump is pathologically dishonest to the American people.

Trump raised doubts about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, a thought that according, to his narrative, was perpetrated by radical left-wing fake news media conspiracy theorists. However, the notion that Russia did not interfere in the elections is fake news itself, as on the first page of the report, Mueller writes that “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.”

At rallies and in interviews, Trump repeatedly dismissed notions that Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin wanted him to win the election. Yet standing side by side with the United States President at the Helsinki summit on July 16th, 2018, when asked if he wanted candidate Trump to win the elections, the Russian President responded, “Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.” If the US president were anyone other than Donald J. Trump, their supporters would be shocked at this lie. But Trump isn’t like any other President in history. His masterful manipulation plays on racial and religious tensions as well as underlying anger caused by dying industries, and has led his supporters to follow him no matter what he says. At a campaign rally in January 2016, he praised his followers’ loyalty, saying “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Unlike many of Trump’s lies, that one, at least, has turned out to have some basis in truth.

According to the report, Trump’s seemingly innocuous, knee jerk response to learning of the Special Counsel’s appointment quickly took on a more sinister tone when he “lambasted the Attorney General for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating, ‘How could you let this happen, Jeff?’” before telling Sessions that he had “let him down.” Trump had appointed Jeff Sessions in hopes that his Attorney General would use his legal powers to provide protection for Trump in times of need. Instead, Sessions recused himself from the Mueller investigation so as not to interfere with the due process of law. Though “[t]he President said to him, “you were supposed to protect me,’” Sessions showed him that nobody is above the law.

One of the report’s major focuses is on whether or not President Trump obstructed justice. The report states that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Despite this, Mueller left behind a trail of evidence that proves that Trump clearly impeded  “the due administration of justice.”

Whether President Trump obstructed justice or not, Mueller outlined potential motivating factors that may have pushed Trump to the wrong side of the law, including one instance “when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed.” To this, Trump responded, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m [expletive].” If Trump did obstruct justice, this statement clearly proves that he was motivated by fear of losing his position and all the fame and power that comes with it.