Fever Dream: Mueller’s Collusion-Free Collusion Indictment of Roger Stone

Roger Stone arrives for a news conference in Washington, D.C., January 31, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
There was no crime until the investigations started.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S pecial Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Roger Stone may be the most peculiar document to emerge from the Trump–Russia “collusion” saga. It is an instant classic in the Mueller genre: lots of heavy breathing, then sputtering anti-climax.

After a 20-page narrative about Russian cyber-ops, WikiLeaks’ role as a witting anti-American accomplice, and Trump supporters enthralled by thousands of hacked Democratic emails and visions of the Clinton campaign’s implosion, Stone, a comically inept hanger-on, ends up charged with seven process crimes. No espionage, no conspiracy, no commission of any crime until the investigations started.

This is not to say that obstruction of congressional investigations

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