Robert Mueller’s report conclusion that he could not “exonerate the President of obstruction of justice” left the reader to infer that the President was, therefore, guilty. This is eerily reminiscent of the tactics employed at Stalin’s show trials in the nineteen fifties meant to root out “enemies” of the State.
During that dark period, Soviet prosecutors stressed that the lack of material, incriminating evidence in the case of an accused was easily explained by the fact that experienced enemies of the State do not always leave tracks of their misdeeds. Their guilt was obvious, nonetheless. On the strength of this fantasy, hundreds of thousands of innocents perished or were sent off to prison. It is chilling for us to consider that such prosecutorial abuse is now practiced on our shores.