Special Counsel Robert Mueller must recuse himself from investigating President Trump over matters involving former FBI Director Comey. That’s because of one very simple circumstance: it’s unethical. It would be unethical for Robert Mueller to investigate Trump over Comey because of guidelines clearly stated by the Department of Justice themselves:
No DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution, or who would be directly affected by the outcome.
Robert Mueller has a personal relationship with the former FBI Director making him open to impropriety on the basis of not being impartial; something a special counsel is required to be. Reportedly, both Mueller and Comey have been friends for more than ten years; a relationship that can be defined as personal. The associateship of Comey and Mueller provides a worrisome framework for those concerned about genuine impartiality from the part of Robert Mueller. Someone who should be perturbed is Robert Mueller himself. As I reported on earlier, Robert Mueller is known for his outstanding merit and trustworthiness. Those mentioned characteristics are something that Mueller does not want to be tainted. Unfortunately for him, if impartiality is not guaranteed, that is a possibility.
The whole purpose of having a special counsel assigned to the Russia investigation is the assurance of a nondiscriminatory process, one that is vital to the integrity of our country’s investigative proceedings. Said process cannot be attained with certain beliefs that fairness exists if Special Counsel Mueller does not recuse himself from investigative proceedings on the subject of James Comey.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I feel that it’s worthy to discuss the reaction one shouldn’t have to this. Namely, Newt Gingrich’s response. As Bradd Jaffy of NBC News pointed out on Twitter, Newt Gingrich did a full 180-degree spin in his interpretation of the assignment of who succeeded James Comey’s Russia investigation. “Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down,” said Newt during the middle of May. This, of course, was a reasonable take on the appointment of Robert Mueller. What he said next was not a rational take in light of James Comey’s testimony, “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.” This is pure silliness. The correct thing to do when brought with the news that potential nefariousness could occur, you do not go on a reputation slandering spree after just one month ago you praised the man.
Robert Mueller needs to recuse himself, and Newt Gingrich needs to shut up. The end.