Donald Trump has been facing an uphill battle since he was sworn into office and to this point has navigated through some rough situations. Through it all though, he has come out clean but now the President has another major battle on his hands and this time those that are investigating him may be tied too closely together to continue further. Robert Mueller is one of the men in question who needs to recuse himself from the special council. He simply has too many ties to Comey and others.
As a matter of fact just today it was reported by The Hill that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed that he might have to recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russian investigation, and if he decides this is the best course of action it all but confirms Mueller needs to join him in that decision.
Rosenstein reportedly told his colleagues that he is now considering his own recusal in the Russian investigation, though it is not clear why he has reached this conclusion. The implications of the decision may magnify questions over Mueller’s own status.
Rosenstein reason to recuse himself would be the prospect of his being a potential witness in the obstruction of justice investigation against President Trump. Recently a leak from the special counsel investigation revealed that Trump is now a potential target — a leak clearly calculated to deter Trump from his reported consideration of firing Mueller.
Rosenstein has the final say on whether Mueller is allowed to stay on the special council. That gives him influence over a Special Prosecutor who could be investigating Rosenstein’s own role in the firing of Comey. This is a major conflict of interest and proves we need fresh blood on this investigation if it does proceed further. This witch hunt is going too far and Democrats are going to find themselves in a major conundrum if they don’t act accordingly.
Fox News legal expert Gregg Jarrett has suggested Robert Mueller recuse himself from the special counsel due to his relationship with James Comey stating:
“If you look at the special counsel statute it says you cannot serve as special counsel if you have a personal relationship with someone who is central to the case. If this Washington Post story is true, it’s now Trump against Comey. Comey is now the star witness, the key witness against Trump. Well, guess what? Comey and Mueller are longtime close personal friends, partners, allies. They were joined at the hip at the DOJ and FBI. It’s a mentor-protege relationship. How is this fair to Donald Trump because Mueller is now going to decide whether to believe his good friend or the man who fired his good friend.”
Mueller and Comey joined in a historical moment that defined both men in a deeply personal way. In March 2004, Comey, who was deputy attorney general, went to the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft to keep him from relenting to demands from White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and others to sign papers reauthorizing the unconstitutional domestic surveillance program.
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It is clear Mueller needs to step down. No one should be considered for such an important matter when history proves the relationship between the two is clearly close-knit. It is wrong to expect that Mueller will in any way throw Comey under the bus and that leads to nothing but bad things.
This witch hunt on Donald Trump needs to end. What needs to be happening is an investigation into Hillary Clinton and other top levels Democrats who clearly leaked info and put many lives at risks with their actions. They will stop at nothing to take Donald Trump down and they know that if they fail, many of them will end up in jail. In the end, Trump will prevail and the real bad guys will be brought to justice.
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H/T The Hill