BY ALLEN WEST
They say that some of the best fishing in the country is in Louisiana. I must disagree. I think the best fishing is happening in Washington DC on Lake Mueller. The Mueller special investigation was supposed to be centered on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016. We’ve been casting lures into this lake and coming up with everything but fish. A couple of weeks ago we learned of an indictment of thirteen Russian nationals for their involvement in our 2016 presidential election. And it was announced that no American was complicit in their scheme, even though CNN tried to harass a woman with their gotcha tactics…more fishing.
Now we find out that Mueller is casting his line into another part of the lake.
As reported by Fox News, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is now purportedly looking into whether the United Arab Emirates, with perhaps help from a top adviser, tried to gain political influence by putting money into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — a tack that would indicate Mueller’s investigation continues to expand beyond whether campaign officials colluded with Russia.
Mueller’s investigators in recent weeks have questioned the adviser, Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, and asked witnesses for information about whether the UAE tried to buy political influence by giving money to the Trump campaign, according to The New York Times. Nader has been a frequent visitor to the Trump White House. And the president has praised the UAE for the Persian Gulf nation’s efforts to work with the United States on economic issues and squashing terrorism in the region, thanking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for his efforts just last week, according to the White House. Nader has purportedly been an adviser to the crown prince. Axios first reported that Mueller investigators were talking to Nader.”
Um, maybe Robert Mueller needs a little geography lesson, because the United Arab Emirates is a long way away from Russia. Let me clarify something for a moment. During my time in Afghanistan, it was the UAE that deployed their Special Operations forces into the country. And they were far more effective than some of our NATO allies who sat around and allowed the enemy free maneuver in their area of responsibility.
The UAE has been one of those Gulf Cooperation Council countries that recognized the ISIS threat, and along with Egypt, flew combat missions against ISIS in Libya. You remember Libya, that place where Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton abandoned Americans to die for 13 hours? Hmm, perhaps we should have had a special prosecutor peel that onion back; it was poorly handled by the GOP.
The UAE has also designated the Muslim Brotherhood and the Council for American Islamic Relations as Islamic terrorist organizations. That’s something we haven’t done here in the United States. And it appears that the Mueller fishermen are concerned about Trump administration relations with Saudi Arabia, they’re are finding “issues” with the fact the administration sided with the Saudis when it came to the kerfuffle over the split with Qatar.
Anyone who’s been following Middle East politics and terrorism support knows the Qataris are playing both sides…and the Saudis are to a point as well. But Qatar is the home for the leadership of Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. Qatar is the place where Obama sent the five senior Taliban commanders released from GITMO for Bowe Bergdahl…heard anything about the Taliban Fab Five? Also, it’s widely known that the Qataris were financial supporters to ISIS.
However, the real YGBSM about this Mueller pivot is quite apparent — no one is looking into all the money funneled into the Clinton Foundation from the Middle East? And when is Mueller going to look into the only evidence of 2016 presidential campaign collusion with Russia, that of the Hillary Clinton campaign? We are two months away from the one-year anniversary of the Mueller fishing trip, and besides some cans, license plates, and other bottom trash, Robert Mueller has not uncovered anything earth shattering. Well, unless you’re a member of the liberal progressive media, there has been nothing revealed.
It is so very obvious, Moby Dick is swimming right before us, and is ready to be harpooned: the Clintons. But I just cannot for the life of me understand the continued reticence that allows them free reign of the seas. Hillary Clinton gave the Russians the “reset button” and now Putin is threatening us with his invincible weapons. Yes, remember Obama’s flexibility after reelection? But no one is investigating that Of course ya know, Russia is not our greatest geopolitical threat. As Obama stated, the 80s are calling for their foreign policy back.
Folks, this is all just really bad theater, a big time kabuki dance. This Mueller fishing trip has been rendered irrelevant, and at what cost to the American taxpayer? Dang, if Robert Mueller really wanted to go fishing, he should have called up the legendary Bill Dance.
I bet ol’ Bill would reel in the Clintons.
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at AllenBWest.com. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.