Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed a special prosecutor for the Russian probe to investigate not only Russia’s hacking of the U.S. election, but any connections between Donald Trump, his campaign, and Russia that might surface. The special prosecutor is Robert Mueller, which means the DOJ is not fucking around. Mueller was the FBI director before Comey, and a guy that President Obama actually kept on two years beyond his 10-year-term. The fact that I can’t really speak to the man’s politics is actually a blessing.
He’s a hard-ass, too, and he’ll have subpoena power, so Trump’s taxes? Subpoenaed. Michael Flynn’s conversation with Russia? Subpoenaed. Any tapes that Donald Trump might have from the Oval Office? Subpoenaed.
If there’s something to be found, Mueller is going to find it, and if I’m a Republican in Donald Trump’s orbit, I’m running for the hills, because — as we saw with Ken Starr — these investigations have a tendency spread. White House staffers will need to lawyer up; friends and business associates of Donald Trump will need to lawyer up. People thinking about taking a job in this Administration should think again.
Broad grant of authority for Mueller, charged w investigating ties b/n Russia & Trump camp & "any matters that arose/may arise" from probe— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) May 17, 2017
It won’t be quick, but when it’s all over, we’ll know for damn sure whether Trump and his corrupt cronies are in bed with Putin.
Reminder: Mueller was FBI Director when he & then-DAG James Comey together intervened at Ashcroft's bedside in 2004 & threatened to resign. https://t.co/7tlb0q9fSQ— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 17, 2017
Having known him for years, I believe special counsel Mueller is a very good thing. He is one of the best — independent and no-nonsense. https://t.co/nMQo6aHalM— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 17, 2017
Bob Mueller has Jim Comey's independent streak, minus Comey's lust for the spotlight.— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) May 17, 2017
Enjoy your news cycle, Fox News.
p.s. I’ll dig into reaction to that other story re: Paul Ryan shortly.