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Commentary: Mueller Creates Political Division Beyond Putin’s Wildest Dreams

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By Dr. Tom Borelli originally posted at ConservativeReview.com

Where the Russians failed to create political discord in the U.S., the Democrats, the deep state, and the left-wing media did.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has failed to find evidence of collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, but that has not stopped Mueller and the deep-state cast of characters from generating an endless supply of ammunition for Democrats and the left-wing media to undermine President Trump. The drumbeat of negative news and outrageous rhetoric directed at President Trump and his administration has created a toxic political environment and caused more damage to the president and government institutions than Russian agents ever could, exceeding the wildest dreams of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mueller’s investigation, targeting members of Trump’s campaign and his former personal lawyer, has not found any evidence of Russian collusion. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos both pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI, but the charges did not involve Russia. Former campaign head Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight charges involving bank fraud and tax evasion, and President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen agreed to a guilty plea regarding tax evasion, false statements to a financial institution, and campaign finance laws.

The conviction of Manafort and the guilty plea of Cohen had nothing to do with Russian collusion, but the absence of evidence for Mueller’s primary goal didn’t stop Democrats and the left-wing media from trying to exploit the news cycle to attack President Trump.

Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis — a longtime Democrat operative and White House counsel for former President Bill Clinton — zeroed in on his client’s plea concerning campaign laws to accuse President Trump of a crime.

Cohen said then-candidate Trump directed him to make payments to two women to keep them from discussing alleged affairs during the 2016 presidential race. Davis claims those payments were designed to affect the election.

Davis jumped on a media tour to make his case against Trump. During an interview on CNN, Davis said, “There is no doubt that Donald Trump committed a crime, and more than that, a cover-up of the crime…” On MSNBC, Davis teased the media by claiming Cohen has information regarding “conspiracy to corrupt American democracy by the Russians.”

Cohen is not a credible witness. He previously said he paid one of the women and was not reimbursed by Trump’s campaign or business, but that comment was not part of Davis’ talking points. Moreover, legal experts including the former commissioner of the Federal Election Commission, Hans von Spakovsky, said Cohen’s guilty plea does not equate to President Trump breaking a law.

Davis is engaged in an agenda-driven political spin following a long list of Democrats who are using speculation to cast doubt on President Trump and rally the Left against him. Claiming President Trump broke the law and saying that Cohen has inside knowledge of Russian collusion, Davis is throwing gasoline on the anti-Trump fire that other Democrats are stoking, with assistance from the left-wing media.

California Democrat Representative Maxine Waters used the Russian collusion narrative as evidence to call for President Trump’s impeachment numerous times in speeches and during television interviews. The Cohen plea agreement gave Waters new ammunition to call for impeachment. In a tweet, she listed President Trump’s “high crimes,” including giving Russia classified information and getting “dirt” from Russia on political opponents, and she’s looking forward to obstruction of justice charges from special counsel Mueller.

Following the public harassment of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson in restaurants, Waters urged the public to harass Trump administration officials at gas stations and department stores.

Former CIA director and deep-state actor John Brennan is also rallying the left wing against President Trump. According to news reports, Brennan played a role in pushing the Russian collusion narrative that made news in August 2016. Brennan went so far as to accuse President Trump of treason and challenged the president’s claim that there was no collusion with Russia, calling it “hogwash.” After President Trump pulled his security clearance, Brennan whined the president was trying to silence him and added he believes the president is trying to hide something regarding Russia collusion.

Putin must be thrilled to see the divisive political environment in the U.S. highlighted by public harassment of Trump officials, impeachment talk, claims that President Trump committed a crime, and a former head of the CIA attacking the president.

In the end, Putin didn’t need an elaborate scheme to create intense political division in the U.S. All he needed was Mueller to feed the angry Left.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @tomborelli.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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