Robert Mueller dropped a bombshell with the announcement that his office had indicted 12 Russian nationals on charges of conspiring to hack emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
The media ran wild with speculation about more indictments on the way that would finally link the Trump campaign to collusion with the Russians.
But Devin Nunes stopped and revealed the one move Trump can make to shut down Mueller for good.
Journalists breathlessly reported Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russians connected to the GRU intelligence service for allegedly masterminding the cyber attacks during the 2016 election.
The indictments were accompanied by much fanfare as the media portrayed them as a major step toward Mueller eventually nailing Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with the Russians.
But – as usual – the media story was completely divorced from reality.
The information contained in the indictments was old news.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on Fox News Sunday Futures and revealed that if Donald Trump declassified all the information relating to the report his committee put together months ago it would have completely taken the steam out of Mueller’s indictments.
“If the President of the United States had declassified this … the Mueller indictment would look ridiculous today if this was unredacted and declassified,” Nunes stated.
Nunes continued“the American people would have known we basically wrote the indictment for Mueller.”
“The House Republicans without the support of Democrats, wrote the indictment for the Mueller special counsel, essentially,” the Intelligence Committee chairman concluded.
Additionally, journalists were buzzing about information in Mueller’s indictments about some Americans communication with the hacker Guccifer 2.0.
Mueller alleges – without citing evidence – that Guccifer was an identity created by Russian intelligence.
Some Americans interacted with Guccifer 2.0 because they believed the identity to belong to a Romanian hacker.
In Mueller’s indictment, the special counsel details how an American lobbyist turned journalist obtained 2.5 gigabytes of data from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that Guccifer had obtained.
“On or about August 22, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, transferred approximately 2.5 gigabytes of data stolen from the DCCC to a then-registered state lobbyist and online source of political news. The stolen data included donor records and personal identifying information for more than 2,000 Democratic donors.”
But this was not a new revelation.
On May 25, 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported that South Florida Republican political operative Adam Nevins was in contact with Guccifer and had obtained documents from the hacker.
The Wall Street Journal reported in an exclusive investigation:
“Learning that hacker “Guccifer 2.0” had tapped into a Democratic committee that helps House candidates, Mr. Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.”
Ten days later, Mr. Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee documents, some of which he posted on a blog called HelloFLA.com that he ran using a pseudonym.”
Nunes is correct – everything Mueller outlined in his indictment is a rehash of old news.
But because there were charges involved – and the accused will never stand trial so Mueller will never actually have to provide evidence to back up his claims – the media was able to mislead the American people into thinking this indictment represented a breakthrough in the investigation.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in Robert Mueller’s witch hunt against President Trump.