On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer encouraged both his own party and Republicans to pass legislation that would officially block President Trump from taking any action against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Schumer, who argued that Trump’s comments to reporters on Monday were “alarming” and signaled that he may be ready to finally pull the trigger on the firing of either Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring one of several pre-existing bills to the floor for a vote immediately.
“Yesterday’s events could only have been the result of a rigorous legal process with checks every step of the way and with a very high burden of proof,” said Schumer of the FBI raid that targeted Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. “Last night, President Trump said the FBI raid was a disgrace, part of a witch hunt, an attack on our country, and mentioned that many people have encouraged him to fire Mr. Mueller. ‘We’ll see what happens,’ he concluded.
“For months, Republicans have said that legislation to protect the special counsel is not needed because they’ve been assured by nameless people that the president won’t fire the special counsel,” continued Schumer. “That assurance has been shaken by the president’s comments last night. The president suggests that the latest events are part of a partisan conspiracy against him. I’d remind the president that the source of the referral, special counsel Mueller is a lifelong Republican. The deputy attorney general who signed off on the referral, Rod Rosenstein, is a Republican appointed by President Trump.”
That plays well with anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to politics for the last three years and doesn’t understand that the Republican establishment was every bit as opposed to Trump’s ascendance as the Democrats. And make no mistake, Mueller and Rosenstein owe their first allegiance to the Justice Department, not to the Republican Party. And they have a self-ordained obligation to protect that institution at all costs.
Therein lies the problem.
Because we’ve already seen enough evidence to know that the FBI and the DOJ blew the Hillary Clinton investigation. Whether that happened as a result of political pressure from the White House or simple incompetence or systemic Democrat bias, we don’t yet know. But we do know that it was a botched case of historic proportions.
We also know that the Trump/Russia investigation was launched under extremely suspicious circumstances that involved obtaining a FISA warrant under false pretenses and putting campaign officials under surveillance for no better reason than a phony piece of Clinton-produced propaganda.
Mueller is out to bring down this president, about that there can be no doubt. And he is driven by a need to protect the Justice Department from the consequences of its own deception.
Republicans can put their seal of approval on that mission if they want to, but we would strongly advise against it.