"Draining the Swamp"

Robert S Mueller III   5 24 17Nobody said it would be easy

by John Mistler

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein to be a special counsel to oversee the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and the possibility of collusion between Russia and President Trump's campaign.

So what is a special counsel? And what is the difference between a special counsel, a special prosecutor, and an independent counsel? The terms are largely interchangeable to refer to someone appointed to investigate allegations that could involve a conflict of interest within the Department of Justice. But the manner in which they are appointed and why has changed over time.

The president has always had the authority to name a special prosecutor. After the crisis brought on by the Watergate scandal, Congress passed a law creating an "independent counsel" who could be appointed by a three-judge panel. After the experiences of the Iran-Contra investigation and the probe into the Clinton's Whitewater land deal, there was bipartisan support to abandon that law. Now, the attorney general, in addition to the president, has the power to appoint a special counsel.

The statute regarding the grounds for appointing a special counsel says the attorney general, or acting attorney general in cases where the attorney general is recused, can appoint a special counsel when a case presents a "conflict of interest" for the Justice Department, or "other extraordinary circumstances." In this case, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was able to appoint Mueller because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. - USA Today

Mueller was nominated for the position of FBI Director by President George W. Bush on July 5, 2001.

The vote on the Senate floor on August 2, 2001, passed unanimously, 98–0. He served as Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice for several months, before officially becoming the FBI Director on September 4, 2001, just one week before the September 11 attacks against the United States.

In May 2011, President Obama asked Director Mueller to continue at the helm of the FBI for two additional years beyond his normal 10-year term, which was expiring on September 4, 2011. The Senate approved this request on July 27, 2011. On September 4, 2013, Mueller was replaced by James Comey.

The probe into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election will address any coordination involving President Trump. There is no evidence that any crime has been committed which makes this investigation more like a "Witch Hunt". In past Special Investigations crimes were committed and the purpose of an investigation was to determine who was guilty.

A top Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, says she has not seen evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's (no friend to Trump) testimony before Senate Judiciary subcommittee that he was not aware of any evidence demonstrating collusion between Russia-Trump. Clapper is not above lying and he is no friend to Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey’s view, the leaks to the New York Times and the Washington Post alleging that the Russians tried—and perhaps even succeeded—in tilting the election to Trump were a Democratic Party effort to delegitimize Trump’s victory.

For 24 years, starting with Clinton, the Democrat Liberals have become entrenched in U.S. Government offices. This is called the "Deep State". These are the people referred to when "Draining the Swamp" is referred to and it also includes some Republican elites. And then you have the mainstream media arm of the Democrat Party reporting "Fake News" to support the Democrat's attempts overthrow of the President. The danger they represent is the undermining of the President of the United States and his agenda and it is difficult to determine who has the Democrat Party at interest and who has what is best for the country at interest. Robert Mueller appears by all accounts to be a good pick; if you had to pick. Only time will tell, but surely this will be a distraction to fulfilling the agenda of the President. Nobody said "Draining the Swamp" would be easy or the Swamp Monsters would not fight back.

So much for a smooth transition of power; Dems acting more like third world country.

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