Washington Examiner columnist Byron York finds himself in agreement with President Trump that the recently concluded investigation by Robert Mueller was really just “two years of BS.”
The Fox News contributor went on to suggest that it was also “the world’s biggest ‘nevermind,'” as he spoke with Mark Levin on “Life, Liberty & Levin.”
York recounted the events in the 2016 presidential campaign that led up to the special counsel’s investigation, with Democrats accusing Trump of “crazy stuff” as they leveled a “very serious accusation” about his campaign conspiring with Russian officials to “fix” the election to his advantage in defeating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“The intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the United States kind of got carried away with it,” York explained, noting how the conspiracy theories escalated as then-FBI Director James Comey briefed president-elect Trump just before his inauguration about an allegation in the unverified Steele dossier on a supposed sex tape involving Russian prostitutes.
“Basically Democrats, who do have a huge media advantage, were able to leverage” the controversy into a “frenzy” which led to a “panic” by Justice Department officials who appointed a special prosecutor, York said.
Levin interjected to note how the “top echelon of the FBI” and former officials like James Clapper, John Brennan and Andrew McCabe accused the president regularly in TV interviews of being treasonous and doing “Vladimir Putin’s bidding.”
“Are any of them going to be held to account,” he asked. “The Democrats in the House have no interest in this anymore.”
“This is the world’s biggest ‘nevermind.’ It’s astonishing,” York said, as he noted that it was clear very early on that, based on Mueller’s indictments, that there was no collusion case to pursue.
“He never alleged that there was a conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow,” York said. “It’s something people in the press should have been able to see this whole time, so it’s not really a mistake.”
York also noted that in a conversation with John Dowd, one of the president’s former attorneys, he revealed that by Christmas of 2017, “Mueller had pretty much established that there was no collusion.”
Levin called this “a big deal,” noting that it was almost a year and a half before the final report was released, questioning why Mueller went on without ending it then. York posited that the special counsel began to “chase” the obstruction of justice theory which was based on “whatever Trump’s state of mind is.”
York found it “baffling” that Mueller would continue the probe especially in light of the “extraordinary degree” to which the White House and the president cooperated, making staff and documents available which all went under the radar as far as media coverage was concerned.
“Underneath the surface, he’s cooperating, sending everything over there,” York said of Trump. “He thinks that that is going to convince Mueller that he is cooperative, that he’s open and he’s transparent and that once this conclusion is reached, that there was no collusion, then the whole thing can go away.”
“What he didn’t count on,” York added, “was that Mueller would get caught up in this obstruction frenzy.”
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