In 1974 the Special Counsel team in the Watergate investigation, led by Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski, charged the “Watergate Seven” for their participation in the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in June of 1972. The Watergate Seven consisted of E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy and five other men, instructed by Liddy and Hunt to break into the DNC headquarters. At that time, it was decided they wouldn’t indict President Nixon, even though he was named as a co-conspirator on the indictment. After the Special Counsel took the Nixon Tapes Case to the Supreme Court, it was decided that they would indict Nixon, but Nixon resigned to avoid prosecution and eventually was pardoned by his successor President Gerald R. Ford.
This brings us to the big question: will Robert Swan Mueller indict sitting president Donald Trump, with all the possible mounting evidence Mueller has against him and a criminal folder on his desk that is starting to resemble the Encyclopedia Britannica. Mueller has not let on how he will proceed on Trump. Like a good Texas Hold’em player, Mueller sits there, steely-eyed, in full poker face mode, not letting on what hand he is holding, especially while the hand is still in play and the pot is still building. Not until the last card is dealt, will Mueller let on what he has. If he is in it to the end, chances are he’s holding a winning hand. So until the final indictments are laid down, we will not know who will be the big loser or losers in the Russian investigation.
Unlike Texas Hold’em, though, this is not a game, and the players who stand to lose the most. The list is long on those who have been dealing from the bottom of the deck in The White House and Congress and who have been dealing with Russia. Mike Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort have already been exposed and indicted, as well as a few others.
Several are still under Mueller’s microscope, but with no evidence of specific crimes revealed as of yet. Jeff Sessions, Mr. I Don’t Recall any meetings with Russians. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, who have taken money from a Kremlin oligarch. Devin Nunes, who has been rumored to have investments with Russians in a wine company and who consistently jumps through hoops for Trump to run interference in the Russian probe, with the full consent of Paul Ryan. Let’s not forget Jason Chaffetz, who suddenly decided to step down and not run again. Was it for the reasons he said, or was it that Russia did indeed have blackmail material on him? There are some notable GOP names who also decided this year not to seek reelection. Trey Gowdy, Bob Corker, Darrell Issa and Orrin Hatch are stepping out of Congress. Are their reasons acceptable on face value or are they under the notion that becoming low profile will keep them from being collateral damage in the Russian probe?
In doing some research on Robert S. Mueller, I have no doubt that he is the perfect prosecutor for the Russia investigation. Mueller was a highly decorated Marine, including The Purple Heart, while serving in Vietnam. Mueller is second in time served to J. Edgar Hoover, in heading the FBI for 12 years. Mueller has held many positions in the Department Of Justice and is a registered Republican. I think beneath the cool and calm exterior Mueller portrays is man who is channeling his anger and sense of decency, morality and ethics to put the corrupt individuals behind bars who hijacked his party and who are holding our government and citizens hostage. Mueller kind of reminds me of Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp, in Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, where his brothers Virgil and Morgan, (GOP) become targeted prey to the corrupt gangs, Clanton and McLaury, headed by Ike Clanton, (Trump, Putin and their GOP enablers), and he goes in to help clean up the town.
Mueller is a principled man and if there is one thing he will not tolerate it’s people who lack morals, ethics and who lie. Especially lie, something that Rick Gates recently learned the hard way, and something Trump can’t refrain from doing. Trump is such a pathological and boldface liar, if he was Pinnochio his nose would stretch coast to coast like an imaginary line on the United States of America, mapping out a plane trip from Los Angeles to New York.
Mueller also strikes me as an in for a penny, in for a pound type of individual. He’s there to make things right for everyone and he will not adhere to compromises. The law is the law for Mueller and he will without prejudice, prosecute any and all who break those laws, and it doesn’t matter if you were his friend or relative. Will Robert S. Mueller indict Trump? Yes he will, along with everyone else who has crossed the line. Frank V. D’Ambra is the author of the books Annihilation and The Pledge
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