It looks as though the crushing disappointment most Americans experienced when the Mueller report was handed off to the Department of Justice without recommending an indictment for Donald Trump, Jr. — as even the President’s son himself expected might happen, by all accounts — might have come with a little schadenfreude to enjoy after all.
Former CIA and Pentagon chief of staff Jeremy Bash appeared on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House with Nicole Wallace to discuss how Americans could go about parsing the inner workings of Mueller’s report and the obfuscation and intrigue surrounding its release and redaction.
As the gathered panel did its best to understand what might be taken from the report as it comes out in a redacted form presumably tomorrow during a scheduled press conference by Attorney General William Barr, Bash urged the participants to be patient:
Let’s avoid frames like ‘bombshell’… I think we need to zoom back and take a broader look at what’s happening at this moment in our democracy, which is a special counsel is going to be issuing a report on the conduct of a presidential campaign, a candidate, and a president ultimately that amounts to a heap of shamful, unpatriotic, and unethical conduct, where the president sought Russian interference, he received Russian interference, he benefited from Russian interference, and he rewarded Russian interference.”
That’s a comforting — or not, depending on how you look at it — way to view what we might expect from Mueller’s findings. But the underlying question, which is that of why there are no charges being filed when the nation can plainly see evidence of what appears to be illegal activity, remains unanswered.
Bash, however, has a theory, and he used Donald, Jr. as the example for it:
Whether the special counsel concluded at the end of the day that someone like Don, Jr. did not have the ‘mental capacity,’ and I use that term specifically, to commit a crime because he didn’t have the intent, because he didn’t understand politics… Whatever the basis for saying that a crime wasn’t committed, that’s important to know. It doesn’t fundamentally change the trajectory of us arriving at this moment in late April of 2019.”
Did you catch that? Bash just offered the possibility that Don Junior may not have been indicted because he was too stupid to commit a crime.
Let’s see how that plays out on social media with the First Son.
Watch the exchange here:
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