Robert S. Mueller III made his point this morning with crystal clarity the moment he took his place behind the Justice Department podium.
The Russian attack on our electoral system in 2016 presented a clear and present threat to our government, indeed our way of life.
That is how the former special counsel set up his remarks today in which he declared that his investigation into the Russian attack on our system is officially over.
Mueller didn’t say much more that many of us didn’t already know.
However, he did declare in no uncertain terms that the Russians did what many millions of us have known. They launched a “concerted attack” on our electoral system. They intended to “damage a presidential candidate.” That candidate was not the guy who won the election.
Yet the winning 2016 candidate keeps resisting the notion that Russian interference occurred.
I am going to side with Mueller on this one. He is the former FBI director chosen to lead the investigation into the Russian attack. Mueller is known to be a man of high integrity. His team conducted itself with integrity as well as it sought the truth behind the 2016 election.
Where do we go from here? It all depends on Congress. Mueller made that point, too. While saying he won’t talk to Congress, he did say that Congress has the authority — and the responsibility — to seek remedies to what Mueller said occurred.
Mueller has concluded that Trump has obstructed justice. He reminded us yet again that he could not indict the president, saying that DOJ policy prohibited what he said would be an “unconstitutional act.”
I accept that.
I also endorse wholeheartedly the notion that Russian government goons launched an attack on our electoral system. They sought to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
The attack ought to be a major concern for “every American,” as Mueller said today.
Every American. That means you, too, Mr. President.