On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel who’s job it is to continue the investigation into Russian connections to Trump’s team. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination… If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the special counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.” said Mueller in his letter.
With Mueller in control of the investigation, a question arises: is this good for Trump? The answer is it could be.
The fact is that if Trump and his team are indeed innocent, then this diversion to a special counsel is beneficial. Under U.S. law, Mueller is not required to report to anyone in the Department of Justice including the Attorney General regarding findings in the investigation. Reportedly, Mueller is not one to blab on about an ongoing investigation. This abets Trump because it’s sure to quiet any possible scandals brought up by findings as the investigation progresses if Mueller doesn’t parrot said findings. A lack of public updates and show-boaty appearances will lead to Democrats decreasing their promulgation of Trump-Russia collusion hysteria — which is still baseless, by the way.
The investigation now being headed by Mueller is going to take a long time. That gives speculators less and less of a chance to break new stories, eventually killing their theories.
Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller was applauded by folks on both sides of the political aisle; Mueller is well respected by both Republicans and Democrats. He’s served as FBI head under both George W. Bush as well as Barack Obama and previously worked as a U.S. attorney garnering him vast swaths of bipartisan support.
For Mueller’s appointment to be considered favorable to Trump, two things must be genuine and must remain to be true: 1. President Trump’s team must not have colluded with Russia. 2. President Trump needs to play defensive and shut his loud mouth up.
It’s the latter rather than the former that I feel will be detramental, simply because there’s no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, but there most certainly is a preponderance of proof leading to one deeming Trump a loud-mouthed buffoon. In fact, a story just broke that anonymous sources documented Trump bragging to Russian officials in the Oval Office about firing “nut job Comey,” as well as talking about how the “great pressure” he was facing about Russia was taken off of him now that he fired Comey.
Not confirmed as true, but still worthy of notation.
This special counsel appointment should be held up as a sign that the government is determined to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia scandal in an objective manner; something Democrats have been calling for continuously. If Trump wants to stop making a clown out of himself and instead provide a source of vindication, he needs to also ram through a good FBI head pick. Good meaning bipartisan in this case. That way we can direct our attention away from horribly sourced, unconfirmed stories in the news and instead focus on bigger, more paramount issues.