Dick Morris believes the reason the Manafort Indictment came when it did is due to Mueller feeling pressure. He covered up the Clinton Russia scandal when he was FBI…
Dick Morris echoes and expands upon an opinion previously expressed on these pages that the actions of Robert Mueller in accelerating his timetable, making an effort to demonstrate that he’s actually producing something, is a politically motivate survival tactic.
Morris says, “Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort says more about Mueller than it does about Manafort. He’s had this evidence for months and the reason he chose to move now, in indicting Manafort, in my view, is a desperate attempt to stay relevant as this scandal gallops past him and threatens to double back over him.”
“The gallops past him part,” says Morris, “is of course the Uranium One scandal, that shows that the real collusion with Russia was done by the Democrats and by Bill Clinton and the price was to sell a fifth of our uranium supply to our worst enemy.”
Morris points out, “This scandal involves Robert Mueller because he was silent as the FBI was investigating it and, as head of the FBI, he had to know about that investigation.”
He continues, “More immediately, Mueller is threatened by the actions of the House Republicans on his budget. Mueller does not get an annual budget appropriation like other agencies, it comes out of a general fund in the Treasury Department. But every four months he’s obliged to report to the Attorney General, in this case Rosenstein, the Deputy, how much he spent and on what and that document will become public.”
Morris says, “And Mueller is obviously afraid of the same effort that Clinton did against Ken Starr, where every month he would publish a new document of how much money Starr has spent and how long his investigation has gone on.”
“There are even calls from Republicans in Congress,” notes Morris, “to pass amendments to the budget setting a time limit on Mueller’s investigation and stipulating that he cannot deal with issues that are not related to Trump collusion with Russia during the campaign and in the immediate aftermath.”
Morris observes that, “Both of these threaten Mueller’s existence and his ability to function. So, in an effort to play some offense, counterattack and try to demonstrate his usefulness, he goes ahead with this indictment of Manafort, having nothing to do with Trump, having nothing to do with Russia, relating to the Russian-sponsored candidate in Ukraine.”
He says, “It’s entirely about Manafort’s fee and his failure to pay taxes, which is alleged, his alleged money laundering and his lying to investigators or not registering as a [foreign] agent. What has that got to do with Mueller’s original mandate?
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