November 1, 2017
Matt Drudge, proprietor of the enormously influential Drudge Report, is providing some perspective on the recent indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the first to come out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election.
Drudge took to Twitter on Monday to highlight the partisan influence.
Mueller DC grand jury pulled from population that voted 93% for Hillary, highest in nation. Whatever…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 30, 2017
“Mueller DC grand jury pulled from population that voted 93% for Hillary, highest in nation. Whatever …,” Drudge wrote.
Let’s do special prosecutor for Clinton in Wyoming, with grand jury pulled from population that voted 70% for Trump, highest in nation…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 30, 2017
“Let’s do special prosecutor for Clinton in Wyoming, with grand jury pulled from population that voted 70% for Trump, highest in nation …”
Drudge, who rarely posts messages to his personal Twitter account, issued a third message on Tuesday, “Back to business…,” along with a picture of the top headlines for the Drudge Report: “Great Again: Consumer Confidence Soars!, Home Prices Reach All-Time High, Economy Beats Expectations.”
Several other headlines Tuesday referenced Mueller’s ongoing investigation, which is allegedly aimed at uncovering any ties between the president and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
They include “With first charges, Mueller sends warning to Trump, aides …,” “MAG: Mueller running amok …,” “BUCHANAN: The plot to destroy Trump …,” and “WSJ: How the president can shut down special counsel…”
The latter outlines questions of ethics and partisanship that have plagued Mueller’s investigation from day one and offers the president a means of ending what he’s repeatedly described as a “witch hunt.”
“Mr. Mueller’s investigation has been widely interpreted as partisan from the start. Mr. Trump’s opponents instantaneously started talking of impeachment – never mind that a special counsel, unlike an independent counsel, has no authority to release a report to Congress or the public,” according to the editorial, penned by David Rivkin Jr. and Lee Casey.
“Mr. Trump’s supporters count the number of Democratic donors on the special-counsel staff. The Mueller investigation is fostering tremendous bitterness among Trump voters, who see it as an effort by Washington mandarins to nullify their votes,” they continued.
“Mr. Trump can end this madness by immediately issuing a blanket presidential pardon to anyone involved in supposed collusion with Russia or Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, to anyone involved with Russian acquisition of an American uranium company during the Obama administration, and to anyone for any offense that has been investigated by Mr. Mueller’s office. Political weaponization of criminal law should give way to a politically accountable democratic process. Nefarious Russian activities, including possible interference in U.S. elections, can and should be investigated by Congress.”
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the indictments against Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have nothing to do with the Trump campaign, and do not allege the campaign colluded with the Russian government.
“With the disclosure of the first criminal cases in his investigation, Mueller … has shown that he will not hesitate to bring charges against people who were close to the campaign even if the allegations don’t specifically pertain to Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump camp,” the AP reports.
The indictments, unsealed Monday, reference work Manafort and Gates conducted in the Ukraine years before the election. Both men have pleaded not guilty, and both Manafort’s attorney and the Russian government, like Trump, continue to deny any alleged collusion.
“So far Russia doesn’t figure in any way in these charges which have been made,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Kremlin, told the AP.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:56 am