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  • Liberal Democrat
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    New York Times, May 17, 2017: Robert Mueller, Former F.B.I. Director, Is Named Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

    Deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein has named former FBI Director, Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to lead the Russia Investigation. Watching the news, this seems to be well received by both Democrats and Republicans, although some Republicans didn't see the need.

    In any case I have two words to say: Good Choice.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    The appointment of a Special Counsel will initially slow the investigation, but I have full confidence in Robert Mueller to get to the truth. However, no matter what that verdict is, I hope Americans can support it. It may take a year or more, and that alone will frustrate many who want action now.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    The appointment of a Special Counsel will initially slow the investigation, but I have full confidence in Robert Mueller to get to the truth. However, no matter what that verdict is, I hope Americans can support it. It may take a year or more, and that alone will frustrate many who want action now.

    Like myself, I want him (Trump) out yesterday. It well might not get Trump evicted until 2019 or 2020, by then, a great deal of damage might have been done.
  • Center Left
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    My concern is that a totally dishonest administration will have additional time to shred documents, electronically cancel information, spread more lies and disinformation, have Russian counterparts eliminate informants and further muddy the water.

    I too dislike POTUS but one at a time.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Aaron Blake, on Post, May 18, 2017:

    Analysis | The guy who predicted Comey’s memos thinks the former FBI director may be trying to take down Trump

    According to the Washington Post's Aaron Blake, in addition to his investigation of Michael Flynn, James Comey might also have been building a legal 0bstruction of justice case against Donald Trump through his careful documentation of his conversations with him. Maybe...

    In any case, Robert Mueller will likely have it relatively easy to pick up the Russian collusion investigation given Comey's adherance to FBI procedures, but if he chooses to go there, Mueller will also have a separate case against Trump on the obstruction. Mueller is highly professional, maybe even more so than Comey in that he would avoid any public appearances or "grandstanding" while the investigation is underway.

    We may not have as many leaks in the months ahead, but when it comes to a conclusion, the case will be comprehensive and truthful.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Aaron Blake, on Post, May 18, 2017:

    Analysis | The guy who predicted Comey’s memos thinks the former FBI director may be trying to take down Trump

    According to the Washington Post's Aaron Blake, in addition to his investigation of Michael Flynn, James Comey might also have been building a legal 0bstruction of justice case against Donald Trump through his careful documentation of his conversations with him. Maybe...

    In any case, Robert Mueller will likely have it relatively easy to pick up the Russian collusion investigation given Comey's adherance to FBI procedures, but if he chooses to go there, Mueller will also have a separate case against Trump on the obstruction. Mueller is highly professional, maybe even more so than Comey in that he would avoid any public appearances or "grandstanding" while the investigation is underway.

    We may not have as many leaks in the months ahead, but when it comes to a conclusion, the case will be comprehensive and truthful.

    I agree with T.J. that Trump and his cronies have ample time to destroy evidence; therefore the first thing he should do is subpoena the tax returns as well find out why all these Trump butt crawlers visited Russia, for what?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Not just Trump's tax returns Dutch, but Flynn's as well, and other financial dealings not to do with tax returns, a thorough combing through of anyone connected to Trump, all of their financial records. All.

    Destroying evidence is a huge crime, if they do, and if they're caught, that's a hanging offense, not literally though.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Okay, this is the article that I was waiting for...compliments of Vox.

    Vox, May 17, 2017: The new special counsel investigating Trump: who he is, what he can do, what comes next

    It explains what the role of the Special Counsel is what the like path forward will be. One extract:

    "Peter Zeidenberg, who served as the assistant special counsel in the investigation of former White House aide Scooter Libby in 2005, noted in a recent Washington Post op-ed that special counsels “are not journalists, and their job is not to inform the public of the results of their investigations.”

    “Rather, their mission is to gather all of the relevant facts and determine whether a crime was committed and, if so, whether it can be proved in court beyond a reasonable doubt,” Zeidenberg wrote. “Their work, when done properly, is done in secret."

    Note that Mueller will get this done in secret, which may mean that it will disappear from the front pages for months if not a year or more. Will this help Trump and Republicans get their agenda passed without the limelight and continual distraction of the investigation?

    Perhaps if Trump can lay off the Tweets.

  • Independent
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    May be Schmidt; however it was said that Comey would want to testify in an public setting; thus that may be not done in secret (I hope). Also if such investigation may take years, then the "idiot" may have ruined this country even more then now already. Does any normal thinking person want that?

    Let alone the "idiots" plans for healthcare, the "wall", tax reform ( for the rich), travel ban etc. It will be an disaster. It is like you know someone is going to commit an murder, but you don't stop him before it happens.

    Yes this is the "Banana Republic" way.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes, like Jared, I have to keep reminding people that "we" elected Trump and by "we" I mean not only the die hard Trump malcontents, but also those who voted for 3rd party candidates, those who protested by not voting at all, and some liberal Bernie supporters who hated Hillary so much that they voted for Trump. We the people elected this guy.

    Now I am worried that after all this plays out that Manifort and Flynn will be found guilty of collusion with Russia, but Trump will escape impeachment because there will not be enough evidence or credible witnesses to link him to any of the misdeeds....at least in the eyes of the Republican controlled House as they are asked to act on Mueller's findings. Trump will spin that as more evidence that it was all a witch hunt.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Yes, like Jared, I have to keep reminding people that "we" elected Trump and by "we" I mean not only the die hard Trump malcontents, but also those who voted for 3rd party candidates, those who protested by not voting at all, and some liberal Bernie supporters who hated Hillary so much that they voted for Trump. We the people elected this guy.

    Now I am worried that after all this plays out that Manifort and Flynn will be found guilty of collusion with Russia, but Trump will escape impeachment because there will not be enough evidence or credible witnesses to link him to any of the misdeeds....at least in the eyes of the Republican controlled House as they are asked to act on Mueller's findings. Trump will spin that as more evidence that it was all a witch hunt.

    I happen to agree with you, but nothing surprises me anymore. If Congressional Republicans begin to look at Trump as a liability and not an asset then they will dump him and move on to Pence.

    And while the 2010 gerrymandering really screwed Democrats chances of taking the House until at least 2020, a deeply unpopular President and Congress could bring about an unpredictable wave election in 2018. If that happens then all bets are off.

    Political loyalties are going to be deeply tested during the Trump era. Donald still has a crazy high approval rating among registered Republicans, but I have to believe that can only last for so long. Even the most loyal Republicans have to have a tipping point? Or least I want to believe they do.

  • Center Left
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    I thought this was a poignant image.

    edit, Thanks Schmidt.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Loyalty means falling on the sword for Trump? and Trump walks away unscathed? mmmmmaaaaaaybe. Whom might it be? Manafort, Flynn, or one of the 18 undisclosed Trump campaign contacts?

    Good rendition of the new and improved white house TJ.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    TJ -- I copied it...

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    New York Times, May 17, 2017: Robert Mueller, Former F.B.I. Director, Is Named Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

    Deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein has named former FBI Director, Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to lead the Russia Investigation. Watching the news, this seems to be well received by both Democrats and Republicans, although some Republicans didn't see the need.

    In any case I have two words to say: Good Choice.

    While watching NBC tonight, I'd heard that if Trump wants to, he can fire Mueller. Although if he does, it'll look like he really is obstructing justice.