Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two Different Views On The Appointment Of A Special Counsel: GOOD vs NOT SO GOOD

Erick Erickson: Mueller returns and Republicans should rejoice:
The Department of Justice has asked former FBI Director Robert Mueller to come out of retirement and run an independent investigation of Russia’s efforts in our 2016 election. Republicans should rejoice. Mueller is a consummate professional who has a great reputation on both sides of the aisle. But there are other reasons the GOP should be thankful.
First, that the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein, asked Mueller to come back suggests the Department of Justice and White House are paying attention to growing concerns.
Second, it shows the Department of Justice is willing and able to act independently of the White House to affect justice.
Most importantly, however, it allows some breathing room between scandals. Now, the White House can say they cannot discuss the matter because of the Mueller investigation. Likewise, they can claim that any leaks must be false because Mueller would never leak. They can dismiss a large part of the story out of hand.
Read the rest from Erick Erickson HERE.

GOP Lawmakers Warn Special Counsel Could Harm Trump Admin:
Although members of Congress from both sides of the aisle welcomed the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s influence in the 2016 election, some Republicans are warning of the possible political dangers the administration just put itself into.
“I think it was a mistake. There’s supposed to be an ongoing criminal investigation and from what we’ve been hearing, there was no evidence of actual collusion and nothing substantive, and yet a special counsel got appointed. So, I didn’t see that this was a time [to have a special counsel],” Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller.
Gohmert also criticized Assistant Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s special counsel appointment of Robert Mueller.
“Mueller has consistently shown very poor judgment and I’m concerned that’s what he’ll do again,” Gohmert said.
Read the rest of the story HERE,

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