The White House has started attacking special counsel Robert Mueller. Why would they do that?
Donald Trump continues to say the investigation is a “witch hunt”, and even called it “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history”. As if that weren’t crazy enough, Trump then tweeted:
They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice
This is incredibly hypocritical on so many levels. First of all, how can this be a witch hunt when Trump himself went on national TV and told us that he fired James Comey because of his investigation into the connections between Trump and Russia?
Trump is also demanding that we have “proof” before we even start an investigation. Wrong. You start an investigation when you see things like an unprecedented number of meetings between multiple members of the Trump team and Russian officials both before and after the election, followed by Trump’s people lying about these meetings. You start an investigation when you have strong evidence that Russia meddled in the US election and may even have thrown the election to Trump. You start an investigation to see if there was any illegal collusion. You don’t wait patiently until you have proof of collusion before you start the investigation.
Did the dozens of Benghazi investigations require any proof before they got started? Of course not. And those investigations never found much evidence, let alone proof of anything. Instead, they veered off to investigate Clinton’s email server, and even Anthony Weiner’s laptop. But again they found nothing.
And that isn’t the only investigation that Republicans have launched against Democrats. Remember the WhiteWater investigation? Which morphed into a sex scandal against president Clinton, which then morphed into impeachment of the president for obstruction of justice (the same charge that Trump is now complaining about)?
What makes the attacks against Mueller really suspicious is that they aren’t just coming from Trump. We are seeing attacks on Mueller coming from Newt Gingrich, Carter Page, congressman Louie Gohmert, and others. An article in Slate points out that the people attacking Mueller are all making the same arguments, as if they are reading Republican talking points.
Why would Trump round up people to discredit Mueller? And do this even before Mueller has announced anything? Mueller is still assembling this team! Would an innocent person do this?
To see the depths of their hypocrisy, one only needs look at the tweets of Newt Gingrich. On May 17th, just after Mueller was appointed the special counsel, Gingrich tweeted:
Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down
That’s right, Gingrich was telling the media to shut up and let Mueller do his job.
Last week, less than one month later, Gingrich had completely changed his tune, tweeting:
Muelleris now clearly the ti[p of the deep state spear aimed at destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency.
And talking about the charge of obstruction of justice, Gingrich tweeted:
The brazen redefinition of Mueller’s task tells you how arrogant the deep state is and how confident it is it can get away with anything
On Friday, Gingrich announced “Technically, the President of the United States cannot obstruct justice. The President of the United States is the chief executive officer of the United States. If he wants to fire the FBI director, all he’s got to do is fire him.”
Trump’s base may have short attention spans, so I may need to point out that Gingrich led the Republican effort to impeach Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice — the exact same charge from which he now claims that a sitting president is exempt. And for an added dose of hypocrisy, the whole time that Gingrich was attacking Clinton for having an affair, Gingrich was himself having an affair.
Not only did Gingrich get Clinton impeached for obstructing justice, Richard Nixon was about to be impeached for obstructing justice when he resigned. So why would Gingrich now claim that the president cannot obstruct justice?
I think there is only one possible explanation. And I’m beginning to believe that Trump’s days as president are numbered.