Former Acting Deputy Attorney General and FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as special counsel charged with investigating Russian interference in last year's election and anything connected to Russia’s actions - including unfounded allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller to ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair and independent manner, free of partisan politics. Mueller is a serious man and one who has served both Democratic and Republican presidents. He is known for being thorough, detail-oriented and doing what is just. And for President Trump, that news should be welcomed with open arms.
As special counsel, Mueller will have the freedom and independence to conduct a thorough and complete investigation without the fanfare of partisan politics that has enveloped Washington since January. Democrats have made unfounded allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia even though former Obama administration officials, such as former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, have testified under oath that no such evidence exists.
These charges, along with indications that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may have committed federal crimes with links to Russia, have brought the business of the government to a halt. As a result, President Trump’s legislative agenda has been disrupted and efforts to fix healthcare, tax reform, border security, and infrastructure have fallen by the wayside.
Since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Democrats threatened to delay or deny the confirmation of a new FBI Director until a special counsel was appointed. So, now that this has happened, Democrats will no longer have an excuse to hold up government business.
As such, the appointment of Mueller is a good thing for President Trump. Mueller’s investigation will provide a non-partisan, definitive answer to questions and allegations that have hindered President Trump’s agenda. It is likely that the chief executive will be exonerated from allegations of collusion and wrongdoing, as will all of the current members of the White House staff. If special counsel had not been appointed, then Democrats on the Hill would have continued their partisan investigative efforts and legislative obstruction with the hopes of retaking control of the Congress in 2018 and impeaching the president.
That possibility now appears to have been snatched from Democrats' hands as Mueller will conduct and conclude an investigation that will clear the president of wrongdoing well in time to provide voters the clarity they need before the midterms.
With the stroke of a pen, the Deputy Attorney General just put a knife in the heart of Democrats' plans to try and influence the outcome of the 2018 elections. President Trump should be thankful, and his foes should be worried; they no longer have an excuse for obstructing him.