As the Russia Investigations heat up, Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the authority of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The president has done everything from trashing Mueller’s reputation among Republicans to drawing false links between Mueller and Hillary Clinton’s emails.
When Mueller was first appointed to special counsel in May of 2017, Republican Newt Gingrich tweeted his support of Mueller and had this to say about his qualifications for the position:
‘Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down.’
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
However, by August, Gingrich had changed his tune to say Mueller demonstrated the “deep state at its worst,” undoubtedly influenced by Trump and his smear campaign against Mueller.
President Trump has also complained openly and spouted conspiracy driven rhetoric about former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Just this October, Trump cried wolf against the special counsel, saying Clinton had received favorable treatment in the eyes of the law. “Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?),….” the president tweeted, almost begging Americans to turn their attention away from him and the Russian allegations.
Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?),….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2017
Trump certainly has a knack for diverting attention to matters that have no validity to avoid concern over his own corruption, but other members of the federal government are not as easily fooled. Trump’s antics are worth noting, but not in the sense that his words should be taken seriously when it comes to Mueller. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seemed to recognize this in an important hearing this morning.
Q: Have you seen good cause to fire Special Counsel Mueller?
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein: "No." pic.twitter.com/4sHtKsupR8
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 13, 2017
On December 13, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing. CBS News reported that, during the interview, Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas asked Rosenstein if he will continue to protect Robert Mueller and his role as special counsel if he hasn’t violated any laws or federal regulations. Rosenstein responded: “I won’t take any action unless he’s violated his duties.”
Rosenstein is the man who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel following President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey back in May. At the time, Rosenstein claimed in a statement he had “determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome.” The deputy attorney general chose Mueller because of his noted qualifications and past successes in law.
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein: "Nobody has communicated to me the desire to remove Robert Mueller … It would be very difficult for anybody to find somebody more qualified for this job." pic.twitter.com/BMMOLAg3YO
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 13, 2017
During today’s hearing, Democratic Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee asked the deputy attorney general about Mueller’s current status as special counsel. Rosenstein responded by blatantly stating his support for Mueller, and clearly conveyed he did not regret his decision to appoint him:
‘Nobody has communicated to me the desire to remove Robert Mueller … It would be very difficult for anybody to find somebody more qualified for this job.’
When Democrat Jerry Nadler of New York spoke with Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general stated that if there were “good cause” to fire Mueller, “I would act.” Nadler followed up on Rosenstein’s statement to clarify he had not yet found “good cause.” Rosenstein replied, “correct.”
As the Russia investigations continue, Americans are sure to hear more outbursts from the Oval Office. However, it seems as if many of those in positions of power will not relent and give into the president’s tirades.
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