Print Edition - 2017-11-02 | Oped
Then they came for Mueller
- Republicans are attacking a person they themselves hired to save the Trump presidency
Nov 2, 2017-
If there were any remaining hope that Republicans would accept the precise, methodical work of this veteran, highly respected, Republican-appointed law enforcement official, it has evaporated in a fog of propaganda and delirious conspiracy theories. Mueller, appointed as special counsel after President Donald Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, in May, is doing the job he was hired to do--smoke out any and all links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government officials who assaulted U.S. sovereignty in 2016 in an effort to get Trump elected. These days, the most serious attacks on American governance are coming not from abroad, but from Trump’s aides and his allies in the right-wing media and Congress. As ludicrous as these attacks seem, they could yet lead to a constitutional crisis. In these irrelevant tales, Clinton is the real colluder, working stealthily with the Russians to destroy her own candidacy. At this point, investigators could release videotapes of Vladimir Putin personally handing Trump a uranium-lined briefcase filled with stolen emails, and the right-wing armada would find a way to blame Clinton. These efforts at obfuscation and misdirection are linked to a very real and dangerous move by Trump allies throughout right-wing media and the government to shut down the Russia investigation. The scenario in which Mueller loses his job, or Trump further abuses his pardon power, is hypothetical but if it materializes, it will fall to Congress to defend the foundations of U.S. democracy.
Published: 02-11-2017 07:46