There is a growing chorus of Americans who are not at all happy about the Mueller report’s results.
However, this is not because the Mueller report did not charge President Trump with collusion or obstruction. It is not because no additional charges were brought against Trump cabinet members. It is not because the report doesn’t recommend impeachment.
No. Quite the opposite. It is because these Americans see the entire Russia investigation as an attempted coup against a sitting president.
Just an hour before Special Counsel Robert Mueller was due to give his only public statement on the matter, calls began to grow for an extremely different type of probe: one where President Obama would have to testify before Congress, as well as calls for those in his administration to testify on the matter as well.
These and other demands were made during a panel hosted just this past week by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
JW announced that it's hosting a special educational panel on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 10-11 am to discuss “Investigating the Investigators.” Panelists include @carterwpage, @VicToensing, @ChuckRossDC, Chris Farrell, & @TomFitton as moderator. https://t.co/lQGXAbYVJ2 pic.twitter.com/ipGqsVgqED
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) May 26, 2019
According to MSN:
An hour before Robert Mueller prepared to give his one — and apparently only — public statement on the findings of his investigation into Russian electoral interference, calls for a very different sort of probe were taking place at an event organized by a conservative organization closely aligned with President Trump.
There were calls for President Obama to testify before Congress, as well as suspicions about FBI Director Christopher Wray. Trump, meanwhile, was a “crime victim,” while alleged spying on the Trump campaign by law enforcement entities in the Obama administration was nothing short of “terrorism.”
These were some of the assertions made during a panel hosted on Wednesday morning by Judicial Watch titled “Investigating the Investigators,” an evident reference to Mueller, who was appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate allegations that the Trump presidential campaign may have worked with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“It is time to look into the politicization of the DOJ and the intelligence community in their effort to undermine the president,” said a press release for the event, which took place at the studio of One America News, a conservative media outlet.
With the Mueller report now a public document — and a highly contentious one at that — the event was a window into how Trump’s supporters plan to reframe the debate over the president’s possible wrongdoing into an attack on the origins of the investigation. That approach appears to be directed by the White House, with Trump last week authorizing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to potential surveillance on the Trump campaign. Barr has previously expressed concerns that the FBI may have conducted unauthorized “spying” during the 2016 election.
“Something very horrible went terribly wrong,” said another of the panelists, Christopher J. Farrell, also of Judicial Watch. “A hoax has been perpetrated upon” the American people, Farrell said, speaking of the Mueller report.
“It was a coup,” Farrell went on to say, albeit one without tanks in the streets. “It was an effort to unseat or destabilize the Trump administration.”
For those of us following both sides of the argument, this is nothing new. President Trump has long been calling the Russia probe a ‘witch hunt,’ and those who support him have been pointing out the above since day one.
Here is a clip from Chris Farrell from last year demonstrating just that:
Grab your popcorn, and stay tuned, folks! It seems that this is still far from over, and that this debate might just set the tune for the upcoming 2020 election.