The Trump Regime Won’t Be Able to Block Mueller’s Investigation

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This is good news for America but bad news for Trump.

An ethics probe at the Department of Justice has cleared Robert Mueller to serve as a special prosecutor in the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Mueller was appointed special counsel last week to ensure an independent probe, but an ethics rule limiting government attorneys from investigating people their former law firm represented raised questions over how Mueller would be allowed to operate.

Shortly after Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, the Trump regime floated the idea of using Mueller's previous association with the law firm that represents Jared Kushner to block him from investigating Kushner.

Many, including myself, are beginning to suspect Kushner may be at the center of everything. Fortunately, the Justice Department's review of Mueller found that he never personally represented Kushner or his wife Ivanka.

The Trump regime's plan to block his investigation on ethical grounds has been squashed.

  • Aynwrong

    Bad news for Trump = Good news for America

    One of life’s great truisms.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    While, obviously, it’s great that he’s being investigated, there is a problem with a special prosecutor. This may come as a shock to those of you who lived through the (Bill) Clinton era / Ken Starr era:

    1. Unlike Republicans witch-hunt committees who like to selectively / deceptively leak every damning detail, a reputable special prosecutor will be bound by ethical rules. Unfortunately for the rest of us, one of those rules is that anything that isn’t a crime, no matter how unethical, must be ignored and kept quiet.

    In other words, let’s say he finds that Trump absolutely and incontrovertible conspired with Putin.. but did so in some very specific way that was just barely technically legal. In that scenario, not only would the prosecutor not prosecute, but he would not disclose his findings to anyone. Let’s say that he finds out that Trump is actually a billion dollars in debt to the Russians. He could not disclose that either.

    2. Any crime found by a special prosecutor instantly become priority #1. So if he’s searching into Trump’s ties, but finds that Jared committed tax evasion in 1998, the investigation into Trump gets put on hold immediately and indefinitely until that is resolved. It’s not up to the prosecutor to pick and choose – once he picks up a thread of a crime, he must follow that to completion. And if that crime leads to another crime, he must follow that as well. Only then can he track back to his main investigation.

    This means that the search for truth in a crime-addled administration involving many different crime-addled individuals could be almost indefinitely sidelined.

    3. Whereas a Select Committee might be tasked with “finding the truth of what happened,” a special prosecutor is tasked with prosecuting a crime. He isn’t interested in “ok, here’s the whole story so we, as a country, can understand what happened and why.” He is interested in “did Trump violate section 1023.1.a.ii of code blah blah blah.” He isn’t just, not interest, but he is not allowed to concern himself with the larger picture. His job is to pursue criminal activity, not a general catharsis for the country.

    If you, like me, suspect that (given Trump’s history) he has acted within the barest of technical legality while being the maximally unethical, you would probably find that a special prosecutor is actually worse than other forms of inquiry since his scope would necessarily be so limited, his priorities so skewed, and public disclosure prohibited.

    • Aynwrong

      That’s always been something I’ve feared but couldn’t articulate it as clearly as you just did. That Trump did this but it still wasn’t legally a crime.

      It feels to me like D’s always pay a price for being the ones who play by the rules.

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    • ninjaf

      That’s why I am glad the Senate and House investigations are continuing to go forward (such as they are). And yet another reason why 2018 needs to flip both branches of Congress.

    • On the other hand this Admin and the Intelligence community seem to be leaking like sieves so we might find out anyway, no matter how tight a ship Mueller runs.

  • Draxiar

    At this point any sort of activity to defang the investigation (blocking of funds, casual over-dinner requests, etc) is going to be a defacto admission of guilt or raw obstruction. And yet I wouldn’t be in any way surprised if it happened. The suspense created by waiting for the conclusion of this investigation is going to be like an itch that can’t be scratched.