Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been the stuff of anti-Trump stories in the mainstream media for more than a year.
Last week, it was the topic of protests in cities across the country by liberals worried that Mueller’s investigation is in danger of being shut down.
Now, at least one big-name Republican senator is calling for legislation that would protect Mueller from any interference with completing his investigation.
After President Donald Trump abruptly requested the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week, one day after the midterm elections, liberals were ready to go to war to protect Mueller’s investigation into allegations of “collusion” between the Russian government and Trump’s presidential campaign.
Sessions had infamously recused himself from the Mueller investigation. His replacement acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker doesn’t plan on doing the same.
Whitaker has long agreed with the president that the Mueller investigation is skewing towards being a baseless witch hunt.
“The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whitaker wrote in a commentary piece for CNN in August 2017, before he started working for the Justice Department.
With a potential major impediment facing the Mueller investigation, there are now calls for Mueller to become untouchable.
On Friday, Maine Republican Susan Collins told The Hill that legislation to protect Mueller might be necessary.
“It is imperative that Special Counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his investigation into Russian influence efforts during the 2016 elections,” Collins said.
Collins claimed that letting Mueller continue the investigation as is would be “a powerful message.”
“Senate debate and passage of this bill would send a powerful message that Mr. Mueller must be able to complete his work unimpeded,” Collins said.
The message, unsurprisingly, isn’t exactly being endorsed by her own party.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it unnecessary.
“The Mueller investigation is not under threat,” McConnell said, according to The Hill.
McConnell also echoed Trump, who, while lambasting the probe as a “witch hunt,” has also done nothing to impede the actual investigation.
“The president said repeatedly that he’s not going to dismiss the Mueller investigation. He’s said repeatedly it’s going to be allowed to finish,” McConnell added.
I was once told that witch hunts are often never about witches. That seems strangely appropriate given the circumstances.
Regardless of Mueller’s fate or Whitaker’s theoretical involvement, there are a few indisputable truths that have emerged from the investigation.
First and foremost, there has been absolutely zero evidence made public that proves that Russians colluded with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Almost as importantly, Trump has done nothing to actually undermine the investigation despite the farcical nature of Democratic accusations.
Finally, if this is all the Democrats have in their war against all things Trump, it may be time to move on. The longer this drags on, the worse they look as they reek further and further of desperation.
Mueller should absolutely be allowed to finish the investigation, albeit in a timely manner. But if past history is anything to go by, Democrats shouldn’t get their hopes up.
After all, witch hunts rarely tend to be about witches, especially when there is such a stark lack of evidence.
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