And in spite of the mountains of evidence and testimony by Donald Trump's subordinates that he repeatedly tried to coerce them into obstructing the special counsel's investigation, Donald Trump is innocent of any criminal obstruction because his personal toadstool and defense lawyer William Barr said so.
Except maybe to Donald Trump, who, when he learned that Robert Mueller had been appointed Special Counsel in the Russia investigation, cried out, "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm f**ked."
But the Mueller Report is finished and so far Donald Trump appears to be not at all f'd as he'd feared. In fact yesterday after the report was released - that is, as much as the report as escaped William Barr's Trump-protecting redactions - Trump professed to be having a good day,
I suppose the only slightly happy surprise in the Mueller Report for the rest of the country was that so many of Trump's toadstools, low as they were willing to go to carry out his will, ultimately refused to completely debase themselves for him.
Then there's Sarah Sanders,
That is to say she lied, telling the press, not once, not twice, but numerous times, that she herself had heard directly from "countless FBI agents" that they'd lost confidence in their Director, .James Comey,
Seriously, listen to her in this video:
Watch her insisting with wide-eyed sincerity that she'd heard from "a large number" of agents, glibly adding, "And that's just myself, and I don't even know that many people in the FBI."
Listen to how she doesn't just lie, but expands the lie, embroiders it. When asked how she heard from such a great number FBI agents unhappy with James Comey, she talks about having received "emails, text messages, absolutely."
But when questioned under oath by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Sarah Sanders admitted that she'd lied, or, as she called it, had a "slip of the tongue." She confessed that her statements to the press about having heard from disgruntled FBI agents regarding James Comey "were not founded on anything." She'd made the whole story up as she went along.
And though she knew better than to incriminate herself by lying under oath to the Special Counsel, she had no qualms about lying when there was no legal penalty for doing so, and by last night on the Sean Hannity Show she was once again telling the same lie as she'd told before about FBI agents praising Donald Trump for firing James Comey.
But here's the thing about Sarah Sanders' lie. It wasn't something she'd had to say to protect herself or even to protect Donald Trump. It was, and continues to be, in no way necessary to her self-preservation. Sarah Sanders' lie is an act of character assassination of another human being, which she did, and continues doing, to please and bolster Donald Trump.
Sarah Sanders has shown herself to be among the lowest, lying-est toadstools in Donald Trump's dark, dank, poisonous environment.
And she's definitely as accomplished and boldfaced a liar and character assassin as he is. In fact she's even better.