Mueller investigation: what’s the point?


Julyana Ayache, Reporter, Photographer

A name people keeping up with news cannot bear to hear one more time involves Robert Mueller regarding his investigation on the several allegations against Donald J. Trump and Russia’s involvement in Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election. An investigation that overflows the media and the news that calls unnecessary with a reach for an answer, but a build of excuses.  With a stretched time period of an investigation that consumes the media outlets, the investigation shows an inconclusive remark, what keeps this case going on? Why should people keep up with such an impractical case, over petty allegations?

Robert Mueller practices as an attorney and current Special Counsel of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. For more than one year, Mueller has led this case defending Trump and his team against assumptions of his victory over Hillary Clinton. With a stretched time frame, the number of US voters who viewed Mueller adversely increased from 23 percent in July 2017 to 36 percent in June 2018, according to recent polling from The Guardian, while support for his investigation dropped from 73 percent in May 2017 to 54 percent in April 2018. As the ongoing case reached its one year mark, Trump’s payments help keep the case quiet thereby keeping his presidency valid.

Utilizing his platform on Twitter, Trump retaliated against accusations and controversies on December 7, 2018, and unleashed a chain of tweets regarding his opinions and criticization of the Mueller case. He began his rage referring to the relationship between Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey, then continuing on to attack prosecutors and other government officials, such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for justifying Comey’s firing.

As details reveal themselves, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. As claimed, Cohen confessed in an unforeseen guilty appeal that he lied to Congress in regards to a Moscow real estate deal he took on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 Republican campaign. To align his story with Trump’s, he profoundly provided false answers in 2017 to the Senate and House of Representatives. As part of the plea, Cohen confessed to falsely claiming that plans to build a Trump-branded tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, when discussions actually continued through June of that year, the filing said.

“Michael Cohen is lying and he’s trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me. This was a project that we didn’t do, I didn’t do. . . There would be nothing wrong if I did do it… There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gone back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities,” Trump said.

As the case finally winds down from its one year term, Mueller declared the case near completion. Though timing for the end of the investigation stands unestimated, a true “outcome” will not reveal itself. From reports revealed, Mueller says that “he found insufficient evidence of any crime to bring a case.” In the meantime, Trump and his team hope to dismiss the case to complete his presidency for the one-year remaining.

With Trump’s presidency reaching its end mark, an investigation as the Mueller investigation has not served its purpose of Trump’s exposure against the 2016 election. When it began, the intentions of the Mueller investigation served unclear of whether it wanted to remove Trump from the presidency or whether part of the government wanted to refute Trump’s win in the 2016 election. Though Trump may not iconically serve America as a true president with his offensive tweets, unprofessional language, and controversial actions regarding the building of the wall and troops in Afghanistan, he has stayed in office regardless of actions made or not.

Mueller’s investigation became a blur, and overall a waste of effort and money. From the most recently released report on December 14, data represented a total cost of $25.2 million from direct and indirect spending on the investigation— An amount of money that the government could reasonably spend on other aspects of the country.

John Dowd, former lawyer of President Trump during part of the Russia investigation, summarizes Mueller’s investigation as “a terrible waste of time.”

As predicted at the moment by the special counsel, Mueller will not issue a report, “calling the two-year-long investigation of Russian election interference ‘one of the greatest frauds this country’s ever seen.’” As the two-year mark follows through, no proof of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow exists, even after having interviewed about 200 witnesses.

With so much time wasted and no conclusion, the case served no purpose regarding Trump’s exposure in regards to cheating during the 2016 election in partnership with Russia and his team or opposition towards the 2016 election with its extreme secrecy. The case’s one-year endurance paints the situation in its messy and unclear position, and both the money and time spent do not deem it worth the effort at this point.