At last! An independent counsel has come along to deal with the “Russia thing,” as President Donald Trump characterized his imbroglio with Moscow.
U.S. justice officials did what they should have done months ago — appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate whether the Trump campaign somehow colluded with Russia to win the election.
Serving under two presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — Mueller also holds the distinction of having served as director for 12 years, the longest tenure of any FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover.
You can’t get more bipartisan or trustworthy than this man.
“In my capacity as acting attorney general, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter. My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.
This “Russia thing” has turned into such a mess.
In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has turned the most powerful position in the world into a buffet of scandals — of his own making.
Last week, Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, an action critics said looked like a move to obstruct his investigation into Russia. The next day, Trump invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the White House for a meeting.
This week, the Trump-Russia controversy lurched from one bloody red story to a redder, bloodier one. The Washington Post reported Monday that in Trump’s meeting with the Russians, he shared highly-classified intelligence on ISIS.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Comey wrote a memo following a dinner meeting with Trump. In the memo, Comey alleged that Trump asked him to drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.
It’s worth mentioning that the Times noted: “The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of it to a Times reporter.”
This sequence of events has been a public relations disaster for the White House and America. Stocks and the dollar tanked, amid the whirlwind of Washington turmoil, as Wall Street rightfully worried that Trump won’t be able to pass his economic growth agenda of tax reform and deregulation — because Congress is busy chasing down the latest on the alleged Russia conspiracy.
There’s no question that Trump’s adversaries within the federal government (and externally, namely Russia) are leaking a barrage of stories (both real and fake), to discredit and eventually topple his fragile presidency. But Trump doesn’t need their help.
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” Trump tweeted the day after Mueller’s appointment.
Trump is destroying President Trump one tweet at a time, with his loose lips and determination to run a vaudevillian presidency reminiscent of Colonel Mustard in a board game of Clue.
Trump really needs to do himself a favour: Stop tweeting, stop talking about Russia, and let Mueller do his job!