Russian Connection: The naming of former FBI head Robert Mueller to look into allegations of improper Russian influence on the last election should have a clarifying effect — and not just for President Donald Trump, who is the main target of the probe. President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s Russian ties will come under the legal microscope, too.
Mueller, who was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to act as special counsel, has a reputation for being a competent straight shooter. After all, he was able to get along with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. We hope and expect he’ll produce a responsible investigation of what’s taken place and do so as quickly as possible.
Yet, it’s pretty clear to anyone being even a little bit honest that this whole thing is a political stink bomb set off by progressive Democrats and their far-left allies in the mainstream media.
We have still yet to see any damning evidence that Trump either “colluded” with the Russians or that he obstructed justice in handling the case with recently fired FBI Director James Comey. And remember, this “investigation” has been underway since last June.
Apart from numerous, entirely anonymously sourced news reports in the mainstream media, the evidence of any kind of misconduct by Trump is shockingly thin.
The Washington Post made its initial blockbuster revelation, that Trump gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, “highly classified” information, based entirely on “current and former officials” — never speaking to, or as far as anyone can tell, even trying to speak to the three other government officials who attended the talks with the Russians: National Security Advisor H.R McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Senior Policy Advisor Dina Powell.
The breathless tone of the reporting suggested some major breach had occurred. And yet the Post, by its own admission, had nothing.
“As president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secretes, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law,” the Post wrote on May 16.
Now we’re supposed to believe — again, with no hard evidence, this time from a New York Times report — that, one day after his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned on Feb. 14, President Trump obstructed justice by asking Comey to find a way to drop the FBI’s investigation into Flynn’s ties with the Russians.
It’s a serious charge, one that could lead to impeachment, potentially. It supposedly comes from notes that Comey has been keeping of his dealings with Trump — notes the Times’ reporter didn’t even see.
And yet, on May 3, Comey himself told the Senate under oath that he had not been politically pressured to halt any investigation. But Rosenstein was politically stampeded into naming Mueller as special counsel by what could turn out to be an entirely spurious news report.
When you can have hearsay and anonymous rumor-mongering driving major legal investigations with potentially enormous ramifications for our government and election system, something has gone terribly wrong.
And the Democrats may come to regret their eagerness to take down Trump. Charged with doing a thorough investigation, Mueller should look not just into Trump’s ties with the Russians, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s and former President Barack Obama’s, as well. It’s only fair.
As we’ve documented below and in links within this story, both Clinton and Obama have sketchy histories, to be generous, when it comes to Russia. Compared to them, Trump may look like Mr. Clean.