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“ … if we aren’t prepared to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt in court, then we have no business making allegations against American citizens.”
Absolutely true for CRIMINAL investigations, but the remark needs to be strongly qualified for other kinds of investigations, like the Ferguson report, the MLK report, and the Branch Dravidian report--AND a counterintel report serving a vital public and national interest. 1/8
And then there’s this: 2/8
In part (and fundamentally so) a counterintel investigation like Mueller’s is a FACT-FINDING mission. From what I’ve read and seen about him, I see no reason to think that Mueller will want to keep the material facts he’s collected from Congress and the public, 3/8
but even if he did, he probably wouldn’t be able to get away with it. (The Dems want it, and except for classified material involving sources and methods that must be redacted, they are almost certain to get it.) 4/8
The fact pattern may or may not justify charging Trump and other individuals for crimes (that may be what Rosenstein is alluding to in his remark: “It CAN [emphasis mine] be really misleading if you’re overly transparent about information the government collects…” 5/8
But what the country needs something like an OFFICIAL narrative of what happened during the election based on incontrovertible facts and not just a huge mountain of scattered facts from public sources. 6/8
And this is also about whether the fact pattern justifies IMPEACHMENT -- and that’s a decision for Congress, not the DOJ, to make. 7/8
If Barr and Mueller do not see it that way (and I see no reason to date to suppose this), they are going to have one helluva fight on their hands with Congress -- and it’s one that they are almost certain to lose. 8/8
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