Spare a thought for Robert Mueller. He wrapped up an exhaustive investigation within two years of being asked to do so — easily beating his predecessors. Moreover, he stuck resolutely to his brief. Unlike Kenneth Starr, who expanded his probe into the Clintons’ failed real estate deal in Arkansas to include sex in the White House with an intern, Mueller avoided fishing expeditions. He ran an operation with zero leaks. By any measure he embodied integrity and diligence in a town sorely deficient in both. Yet he managed to disappoint both wings of US politics. Donald Trump repeatedly accused him of conducting a corrupt “witch hunt” for partisan motives. Trump will presumably now switch to lauding Mueller for his impartiality. Liberals, on the other hand, are like a child who has discovered Santa Claus does not exist. Enormous faith was invested in Mueller’s report as a magic bullet to solve the Trump problem. By the same token, an outsized role was conferred on Vladimir Putin as the e...

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