So this woman goes into a store to buy a chicken. She picks one up and starts smelling it. Up, down, inside, outside.
She calls over the manager and says “I wouldn’t buy this chicken for any price, it stinks!”
The manager, who has been watching this, says “Lady, could you pass that test?”
That old Pearl Williams joke was a big laugh-getter in the 1940’s and 50’s. But, today, it is a reasonably good description of what should be happening in the next phase of the Russia/collusion investigation – the phase that has yet to take place.
Excerpted from Michael Goodwin’s latest commentary for the New York Post:
Now that special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation, it is tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and assume that our long national nightmare is over. Resist the temptation, the assumption is false.
In fact, I believe the last two years, as traumatic as they were, will prove to be the easier part of the nightmare, because Mueller dealt only with whether Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia to swing the election. Based on what we know so far, especially that no more indictments are coming, it appears that Mueller’s answer is no, there was no collusion or obstruction of justice.
Now, with Mueller finished, it is time to give equal attention to the other side of the story, of how we got here. The questions can be boiled down to two.
Was the initial decision to investigate Trump’s campaign an honest mistake by the Obama administration? Or was it an attempt to rig the election in favor of Clinton, and when that failed, overthrow a duly elected president?
Getting to the bottom of it would mean a criminal probe of Comey and his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, along with others in the leadership ranks of the FBI. Did they, as it appears, fail to disclose to the court that Clinton’s team commissioned and paid for the Russian dossier and that its allegations were unverified when they sought approval to spy on the Trump campaign?
If the answers are yes, they may have committed felonies, as did those who authorized any misleading court applications, including Rosenstein.
A criminal probe would also mean uncovering any role played by the reprehensible John Brennan, then head of the CIA, James Clapper, head of national intelligence, and Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, in creating the FBI probe and leaking classified information.
In addition, of course, there are also fundamental doubts about the integrity of the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s handling of classified e-mails. The doubts include what role, if any, Loretta Lynch, then the attorney general, and others in the Obama administration played in the suspect exoneration of Clinton.
Mr. Goodwin concludes that Attorney General Barr should appoint a new Independent Counsel – one whose job is to investigate the very real – and very evidenced – actions of the people Goodwin has singled out. Right up to Hillary Clinton.
He is 100% correct. That is exactly what Attorney General Barr should do.
And, if this happens, and the IC selects his/her staff, I want to see how Democrats and mainstream media react to its political makeup – especially since they had virtually no problem with robert mueller appointing a 16 person
star chamber staff consisting of 13 Democrats and three unaffiliated – no Republicans at all – 4 of whom specifically donated to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
(The fact that this star chamber assemblage could not come up with any collusion or obstruction of justice should tell you something about how fraudulent the investigation was in the first place).
Then I want to see how they react when – this being a Clinton investigation – there is inevitable resistance to handing over requested materials, which (unlike Bill Clinton during the Ken Starr investigation) Trump and his people provided expeditiously and completely.
This investigation, in my opinion is 100% justified and 100% necessary. It can’t happen soon enough.
Then we’ll see how this bunch smells during the same test they imposed on Trump & Co. Let’s see which side stinks more.
I know which one I’m betting on.