According to reports, Special Counsel and ‘conflict of interest ridden’ Robert Mueller acted Thursday to impanel a grand jury in the investigation regarding Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. The move signals a definite progression forward in what President Donald Trump has called a “Russia witch hunt.”
Subpoenas have already been issued to Donald Trump Jr. in reference to his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, according to Reuters.
Emails released from Trump Jr. showed that Veselnitskaya offered to provide him with damaging information about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in June 2016.
From the start, many believe that Mueller should not have been allowed to stay on as special counsel because of the conflicts of interest that plague him, such as his his long-term working and social relationship with James Comey, former FBI Director.
Additionally, the number of Democratic donors he has working for him on the current investigation is a concern. Recently, it was reported that eight attorneys hired by Mueller contributed a total of $60,700 to the Democratic Party.
Instead of being bothered by these revelations, many GOP members remained silent while others came up with ways to insure that Mueller couldn’t be fired.
Only one Republican congressman made a true effort to remove Mueller.
Rep. Trent Franks, (R-Ariz.) called for Mueller to resign because he believes Mueller is in “clear violation of federal code” due to his relationship with Comey.
There has also been speculation that President Trump would fire Mueller as he did Comey. As the rumors swirled many became convinced that Trump would follow through.
To make sure this couldn’t happen, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. offered his own legislation to prevent the removal of special counsel without court review while Senate Judiciary Committee members Tom Tillis, R-N.C. and Chris Coons, D-Del. reached across the aisle to combine their efforts in the same vein.
Mueller had to be aware of the controversy surrounding his appointment and most likely believed his time could be short.
What better way to put any objections to rest and assure his longevity than by making a ‘checkmate’ move to impanel a grand jury.
Thanks to the GOP’s lack of effort, Mueller’s latest move may have assured his permanency as special counsel in this matter.
While it was great to see someone finally stepping up from the GOP, it proved to be too little too late. Mueller was appointed in May and has now impaneled a grand jury.
Even if he resigned or was removed, either are highly unlikely, he has all but guaranteed that the process will proceed with or without Mueller. The grand jury will be able to subpoena records, hear testimony and decide if there is any merit in proceeding on to a criminal trial or if other legal action is warranted.
As is typical, the GOP is notorious for being reactive rather than proactive. In hindsight, they should have immediately objected to Mueller’s appointment. An independent counsel should be just that, “independent” and this one is biased with an appearance of impropriety.
Also, Congressional Republicans should have immediately moved to request the appointment of a special counsel to look into allegations surrounding Clinton emails, Comey leaks and Lynch wrongdoing.
It’s too bad that the only time Republicans seem to become motivated to act is when they are passing legislation to hurt their own Party.
Thanks for making us pawns, GOP!
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