Magazine October 14, 2019, Issue

Unraveling the Origins of the Trump-Russia Investigation

From the cover of Ball of Collusion (Encounter)
Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency, by Andrew C. McCarthy (Encounter, 466 pp., $35.99)

On the last page of his new book, Andrew McCarthy worries that Robert Mueller’s final report will provide a roadmap for impeachment. It’s an understandable concern. Mueller found no direct conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election. Yet he did uncover how the president unsuccessfully tried to impede or scuttle Mueller’s investigation. The Democrats never got collusion, but they may have gotten obstruction.

It’s an apt ending for a book that analyzes how the intelligence bureaucracy and federal law-enforcement system bent rules and shifted goalposts in the service of getting Donald Trump. This is the essence of

This article appears as “An Investigation in Search of a Crime” in the October 14, 2019, print edition of National Review.

Eli Lake — Mr. Lake is a foreign-affairs columnist for Bloomberg and a former senior reporter for the Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Washington Times, and the New York Sun.

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