The Mueller witch hunt was based on the claim that there were plausible grounds for suspecting collusion with Russia.
Instead of collusion with Russia, the Mueller witch hunt has only found Russian troll farms (which they are trying NOT to bring to trial after indicting) and Russian hackers who didn’t succeed in changing the election. Nothing has been proven in either case, but the media is still using Mueller to cast suspicions that Donald Trump is treasonous.
In other words, the media is proving that Mueller’s investigation is indeed a witch hunt.
This is certainly how the Washington Post uses it:
But the indictments are not verdicts and, as far as we know, they only have plausibility because of the corrupt Steele dossier and the Russia conspiracy theory put out without evidence from the Washington Post and others.
Margot Cleveland writes at The Federalist, “Trump Is Right: Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests He’s Conducting A Witch Hunt.”
On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller returned a multi-count indictment charging 13 Russians and three companies with crimes related to hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and seeking to use the information to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. When the news broke, pundits quickly used Mueller’s latest charges to chastise Trump for claiming the special counsel investigation is a “witch hunt.”
The New York Times claimed “[t]he 37-page indictment — handed up by a federal grand jury in Washington — amounted to a detailed rebuttal of Mr. Trump, who has sowed doubts that Russia interfered in the election and dismissed questions about its meddling as ‘fake news.’” CNN’s Jake Tapper and Josh Campbell used the criminal indictment to counter Trump’s “witch hunt” charge.
Oh, *now* I understand.
It's a "-vich" hunt! pic.twitter.com/snNBKJoupC
— Jason Zweig (@jasonzweigwsj) July 13, 2018
Zweig’s tweet was amusing, but represents a media pile-on in feigning confusion over the “witch hunt” Trump complained about. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway pointed out their folly, replying: “Well, in Salem Witch Hunt 200 people were accused, 20 were executed, 5 died in prison. As you well know, ‘witch hunt’ refers not to finding bad Russians but to media/intel campaign of suggesting Trump is a ‘Salem witch’ who treasonously colluded with Russians to steal election.”[…]
By intentionally treating Trump’s denial of colluding with Russia as a repudiation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the liberal media seeks to accomplish three goals, one silly and two significant. First, by painting the president as a “Russian interference denier,” the press attempts to make Trump look foolish, incompetent, or both. […]
Conflating allegations that Trump colluded with Russia with evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 election also serves two more nefarious purposes: One, it allows the media to ignore Trump’s true criticism of the special counsel’s investigation into his presidential campaign. Two, it allows the press to pretend evidence of Russian misconduct equates to proof that the Trump campaign was complicit in Russia’s interference in the election.
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