Lauded on both sides of the aisle for his integrity, 72-year-old former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein to head up the FBI’s Russia investigation. Pressured by Democrats and enemies of 70-year-old President Donald Trump after an unverified press report suggested that Trump tried to pressure former FBI Director James Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation, Rosentein thought it was in the public interest to let a Special Counsel to the dirty work. “I now have significantly great confidence that the investigation will follow the facts where ever they lead,” said Senate Minority Leader Chick Schumer (D-N.Y.). Schumer likes to follow made-up facts by the New York Times and Washington Post, accusing Trump, without any proof, of obstruction of justice, qualifying for impeachment.
Not a single story reporting on so-called memos from Comey has been reviewed by any journalist, yet the press insists that Trump tried to obstruct justice warranting impeachment hearings. Schumer no doubt will find fault with Mueller unless he proves former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s theory that Trump colluded or coordinated with the Kremlin to sabotage Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. Media elites and Democrats convulsed after Trump fired Comey May 9, claiming Comey usurped the Department of Justice in the Hillary email investigation. When Comey reopened the email investigation Oct. 28, 2016 after closing it July 5, 2016, Hillary insisted the FBI destroyed her campaign. Yet Hillary continues to blame Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin for wrecking the Nov. 8, 2016 election. Hillary and the Democrats can’t fathom that she lost fair-and-square.
Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) praised Mueller’s pick, citing his service in Vietnam. McCain dissed Trump today for saying no one suffered more press abuse than him, insisting McCain suffered more as a prisoner of war [1967 – 1972] at the Hanoi Hilton POW camp in Vietnam. McCain can’t get over Trump’s July 19, 2015 remarks saying, “he’s not a war hero,” referring to McCain’s time served as a prisoner-of-war. Ever since, McCain’s done his utmost to sabotage Trump’s campaign, and, now that he’s in the White House, his presidency. Rosenstein appointed Mueller, bypassing Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions who recused himself March 2 from the Russian probe after discovering he spoke with Russian Amb. Sergei Kislyak. Picking Mueller, Rosenstein ignored Mueller’s role as FBI Director in 2003, failing to investigate former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Valerie Plame affair.
Mueller let the buck stop with Cheney’s Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who notified the late Chicago Sun Times columnist Bob Novak that Plame was a covert CIA operative. Cheney told Libby to out Plame to retaliate against her husband, former Iraq Amb. Joseph Wilson for disputing Bush-43’s lie about Saddam Hussein buying yellocake uranium from Niger before the March 20, 2003 Iraq War. Mueller refused to go after Cheney, watching Libby convicted March 2, 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice. Mueller let Cheney off the hook. “It means an extra layer of certainty to the process, and this third-party look proves a degree of independence that would not have bee there otherwise,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), another politician known telling lies about his affair with his Argentine mistress. None of Mueller’s backers want to talk about his role in the Plame affair.
Trump thinks it’s a complete waste appointing a Special Counsel when no crime has been committed, other that letting the run-a-way press charge, try and convict Trump in the media. “ I worked with R. Mueller,” said Jack Goldsmith, a Justice Department attorney during the Bush-43 years. “He’s a man of extraordinary integrity. He’s not afraid to stand up to [the president] when the law demands. Great choice.” Goldsmith forgets about Mueller’s reluctance to take the Plame case to Cheney, the only possible person ordering Libby to out the covert CIA operative. “I also think it is a great choice for Trump if he is innocent. Mueller is one of few people who can reach that conclusion with credibility,” said Goldsmith, seeing the wisdom in Rosenstein’s pick. Democrats and the press are only interested in tying Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race to Trump campaign officials.
Picking Mueller as Special Counsel temporarily satisfied Democrats and media’s need for red meat in the Russian investigation. While Mueller’s liked by both parties, he’s not above reproach, especially when it comes to the Valerie Plame affair. When you consider that former FBI Director James Comey didn’t think Hillary deleting 33,000 emails constituted obstruction of justice, it’s not surprising that the “never Trump” crowd finds everything Trump does an impeachable offense. While Trump said today appointing as Special Counsel “hurts our country,” it might accelerate completion of the Russian inquiry. “At least, one-well connected Republican operative said the Mueller appointment could bring ”short term closure.” With Washington’s press in a feeding frenzy over manufactured Trump scandals, Mueller’s appointment gives Democrats the red meat needed to take a break.