- The Washington Times - Monday, March 25, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s exoneration of President Trump and his campaign on collusion charges means that a series of allegations over the past two years are not true.

Since the Democratic Party-financed dossier was posted by BuzzFeed on Jan. 10, 207, conspiracy charges against Mr. Trump and his aides have saturated Washington. Additional allegations came from Fusion GPS, the investigative firm hired by Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Fusion hired and handled ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the 35-page dossier, containing 17 separate memos, in 2016.

Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, embraced the dossier and repeated its charges.

Here are the things Mr. Trump and associates supposedly did. If any of these charges had proven true, the people likely would be in trouble with Mr. Mueller, but they are not.

  • Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, to change the dates on his prepared statement to Congress. Mr. Mueller put out a statement specifically denying this charge from BuzzFeed.


  • Mr. Trump was a Russian informant for eight years.
  • Mr. Trump oversaw coordination with Moscow on computer hacking and social media assaults on Mrs. Clinton. 
  • Mr. Trump maintained a special server at Trump Tower directly connected to Moscow’s Alfa bank run by Russian oligarchs. 
  • The campaign overall was involved in an extensive conspiracy with the Kremlin.
  • The campaign colluded with Russia by removing a GOP platform plank on Ukraine.
  • Mr. Cohen secretly traveled to Prague in August 2016 to meet with Vladimir Putin aides and devise a coverup of hacking. 
  • Campaign volunteer Carter Page and former campaign manager Paul Manafort worked as a team to coordination election interference with Moscow.
  • Mr. Page, while on a public trip to Moscow in July 2016, met secretly with two Putin operatives who offered bribes in exchange for a commitment to get rid of U.S. economic sanctions.

Mr. Mueller must have concluded these and other collusion charges are not accurate.

On Sunday, Attorney General William P. Barr sent a letter to Congress summarizing Mr. Mueller’s still-secret report.

Mr. Barr said, “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

Mr. Barr then quoted directly from the report: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” 

Mr. Page, a New York energy investor who lived in Moscow, was accused of two crimes by Mr. Steele. He has always denied them. There is no evidence he even knew Mr. Manafort, for example, much less conspired with him.

He told The Washington Times on Monday: 

Mr. Mueller’s investigation since May 2017 concluded that no one associated with the Trump campaign ‘conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’. Now it’s finally time to get to the bottom of the unconscionable endeavors by the DNC and their associates in government which tried to illegally influence the 2016 election.”

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