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Press silent on the biggest story of 2019



One year ago, as 2019 was about to debut, the press already declared the Mueller Report the story of the year of 2019. In fact, Chris Matthews predicted the report would lead to President Donald John Trump's resignation.

The Daily Mail reported on December 18, 2018, "MSNBC's Chris Matthews predicted on Monday that Donald Trump could resign soon as part of a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller in a bid to spare his family from prosecution.

"'The president's children stand right in the line of Mueller's investigative progress,' Matthews said on Hardball, referring to Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

"'They stand as the next dominoes to fall. Therein lies the problem, where earlier Mueller subjects have given [President] Trump up, these two lack the option to do that.

"Matthews said Ivanka and Trump Jr can 'hardly testify against their father', adding that if Mueller 'will not be stopped and the kids will not fall to him, we see the president's adult children heading to prison'.

"However, the host said that may not happen if the president strikes a deal with Mueller.

"'But what if the prosecutor were to offer the president an alternative?' Matthews said.

"'What if he were to say he would let the children walk if the old man does the same? That would mean giving up the presidency in exchange for acquittals all around ― not just for himself, but for all his kids,' he added."

Matthews was not the only one feeling a thrill up his leg at the thought of Mueller taking the Orange Man down.

T.A. Frank at Vanity Fair wrote, "Robert Mueller will issue a nasty report.

"If Paul Manafort or Michael Cohen or George Papadopoulos, among others, were part of some criminal conspiracy with Moscow, they would have been indicted for it and then received leniency in exchange for their help in unraveling the plot. Instead, they have been indicted for different crimes and, in some cases, already served their time. This is how we can say, with near-certainty, that no great Russia plot is on the cusp of being revealed. Nevertheless, Mueller has had almost unfettered access to the hampers of everyone in Trumpland, and, to judge by his indictments, he seems determined to make the most of it. That means he’ll put out a report detailing many of the unsavory things he has found, and, since we’re talking about people like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, not to mention Donald Trump, he should have a decent buffet.

"Once Mueller’s report hits, news outlets, especially broadcast ones, will crank the volume to 11. People will be shocked, shocked by this or that revelation. The cries of Trump-must-resign will he deafening, and some Republicans will start to waver and distance themselves from the president. While most of the ruckus will settle down after a couple of weeks, and odds are that Trump will pull through, those weeks will feel like an eternity to the White House and to Republicans on Capitol Hill. Trump will be at his lowest ebb."

Wowsers.

It sounded like curtains for President Donald John Trump.

T.A. Frank wrote, "Lots of people expect Robert Mueller’s crew to hit them with indictments. These include political operative Roger Stone, fringe-right author Jerome Corsi, and even Trump offspring Donald Trump Jr. The president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is said to be worried, too. Finally, Donald Trump himself is in the crosshairs of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, who might indict him for campaign finance violations. (Indicting a sitting president is tricky at best, but it’s still an unpleasant threat.) Timing matters a lot on these developments. If they hit in concert with some other bad news, they could be enough to create a genuine crisis for Trump, creating insurmountable pressure to resign or for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings. It’s a remote threat, but even remote threats can cost people a lot of sleep."

Frank also wrote, "A recession will take hold."

Instead, the best economy in 50 years continues.

Paul Brandus at USA Today wrote, "Robert Mueller, House Democrats and slowing economy will end Trump's 'great time' in 2019."

His column said, "Let’s discuss Mueller first. Everyone keeps asking when is the former FBI director (and lifelong Republican) going to issue his report? Actually, with all the indictments, guilty pleas, convictions and prison sentences that have already been handed down, we already know a lot — and like a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, there could be a grand finale that makes the country go, WOW.

"Remember: Mueller’s jurisdiction is not limited to Russia; he can take his probe in any direction necessary, and he has done just that. Trump supporters say there’s no collusion, and they may or may not be right. But they don’t know what other cards the wily lawman is holding so close to his chest.

"Mueller’s revelations, released in a manner and time of his choosing, have the added effect of stealing news cycles away from Trump and keeping him on the defense. The president is in reactive mode, tweet-ranting and waiting like the rest of us for the next shoe to drop. The president is not in charge — due process is. And this is what terrifies him.

"There is also this: The impeachment of President Bill Clinton was 20 years ago this month. It should trouble Trump that the independent counsel investigating Clinton, Kenneth Starr, was able to charge a sitting president with obstruction of justice — and force him to testify before a grand jury."

Aha!

Obstruction of justice because (do not read this aloud in front of young children and people with heart conditions) TRUMP TWEETED!

Michael Tomasky of the Daily Beast wrote, "Mueller is an important figure. Perhaps soon, he will send his report up to the Justice Department. Though the department has no legal obligation to make it public, it seems close to impossible to me that a report of such clear first-order public concern can be kept under wraps. So one way or the other I expect we’ll know what he's found.

"Beyond that, he may issue more indictments. Not just of Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi, but of the president’s family members. Maybe even the president himself, although that seems unlikely (but not impossible, as some insist). I try to stay away from predictions these days, but given that we know that Mueller has hours of testimony from Michael Cohen, presumably hours more from longtime Trump Organization bagman Allen Weisselberg, and Trump’s tax returns, I’d expect some seriously interesting revelations."

John LeBoutillier, a former Republican congressman from New York, made 30 predictions for 2019 in the Hill, none of which looked good for our president.

LeBoutillier wrote, "Donald J. Trump’s presidency will not survive 2019" and "Consumer confidence is declining and the American economy will slow noticeably in 2019. A recession is right around the corner, heading into 2020."

My favorite part were the predictions "12. The Mueller investigation will come to an end in 2019;

"13. Mueller will shock everyone with what he has discovered, and the result will be much worse for Trump than anyone has anticipated;

"14. Yes, Trump indeed knew about the now-infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting — and he lied to the American people repeatedly about it;

"15. Trump lied on Air Force One when he concocted a phony statement about 'adoptions,'  because he knew the truth about the meeting;

"16. The Mueller investigation will unveil evidence of Trump putting himself out to the highest bidder in return for campaign help and financing: Russians, Saudis, Emiratis, Qataris — there will be evidence that millions of foreign dollars illegally flowed into the Trump campaign coffers in 2016;

"17. In other words, Trump basically said, 'I’m for sale;'

"18. We may learn the source of the $66 million of his own money that Trump donated to his campaign in 2016. Was it a foreign entity who gave him the money as, in effect, an illegal pass-through?"

The Mueller Report was the biggest story in 2019 because the deep state spent 2 years and $20 million-plus investigating the president and it could not find any instance of a crime by him.

None.

He is the cleanest president in history.

And the press cannot stand it.

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