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Probes, enquires, commissions are put in place the world over to unravel truth in specific instances of impropriety, misconduct, likelihood of criminal charges, sedition, obstruction of justice etc. While the intentions are noble and certainly checks and balances should be inbuilt in the democratic process, more often the process and results prove to the contrary. Not denying few exceptional probes, lots of them have gone the Mueller way. US remains at crossroads even at the end of the Mueller probe.

Mueller probe will go down in modern history as its most celebrated probe. A probe against an incumbent US President for having connived with the number one enemy, Russia, to compromise the democratic process, and gain Presidency in 2016. Democracy was put on test. A clear set of findings could have laid to rest a ghost which would keep haunting American democracy for all times to come. The whole report has now been brought down to four pages of a synopsis by Attorney General William Barr and America and the world has to to be satisfied with his judgement on the report.

Leaving aside the fact that whether the probe was confidential or semi-confidential or intended to be made public in the manner it has been, the fact of the matter rests on a few quotes of the report making rounds the world over. Barr quoted Mueller, ”investigation does not establish’ collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump’s campaign. The evidence in the Mueller’s report “is not sufficient to establish” obstruction of justice. And the final shot is, it ”does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it does not exonerate him.”

The report is to interpretation depending on your political loyalty. While President states that he has been exonerated, technicality and criminality apart, 56% of the adults think questions still exist about his wrongdoing. Or that it’s too early to take a final call. A substantial number feel there is a need for a further probe. Republicans as expected are more satisfied. Politics has an uncanny knack of waiting till the final nail in the coffin.


Sanjay Sahay

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