Blood is in the water again. About half-a-year ago, the country suddenly knew the name Robert Mueller. Another log was thrown on the burning pile of the on-going Russia investigation and we've yet to see the end of it. For better or worse, it's probably going to continue for some time. The stakes jumped a bit Monday, when Mueller's first charges in the investigation were made public, one of which has already entered a guilty plea. So, it seemed something was finally getting done and answers, whether affirmative or negative, were going to be brought to light.
This seemed to be where we were all hoping things would lead. I mean, Mueller was praised as the right choice on both sides of the aisle.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, told the New York Times Mueller's "record, character and trustworthiness have been lauded for decades by Republicans and Democrats alike." Maryland Senator Ben Cardin told the Times in the same piece he felt deputy attorney general Rod. Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller was a step toward restoring the credibility of the Department of Justice and the FBI.
In fact, while he was still in office, former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz took to social media to say Mueller's appointment should be widely accepted in light of his credentials.
And if that's not enough for you, good ol' Newt Gingrich did the same.
But, apparently, they were all wrong. Mueller can't be trusted. At least that's what some in the capitol seem to be saying these days. Not surprisingly, the grand political serpent looped around and tried to bite the hand pinching its tail.
A measure was introduced by three Republican members of the House of Representatives, according to…heck, both Fox and Politico reported it, so...let's go with Fox this time so no one calls it fake news.
Florida's Matt Gaetz, Arizona's Andy Biggs and Texas' Louie Gohmert introduced the resolution Friday, but it's apparently not binding. It states Mueller is compromised and should resign immediately. Gaetz specifically accused the FBI of threatening a confidential witness who was attempting to inform Congress about bribary and corruption regarding a probe into a Russian linked uranium mining company, at a time when Mueller was heading up the bureau.
The resolution states Congress raised concerns with the uranium sales in 2010, attempts to draw a line of suspicion between former President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and the Kremlin and states the FBI and its leaders should be investigated for their "willful blindness."
Essentially, the way I read it, Gaetz and his gang are basically saying, even if Mueller wasn't personally aware of the silenced witness, he was the FBI's leader and should be held responsible for its shortcomings and any illegal actions. But, on the other side of the coin, we've got a guilty plea from one Trump campaign advisor named George Papadopoulos, who says he lied about his contact with Russians in 2016. The President has distanced himself saying Papdopoulos didn't play a big role in the overall campaign.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander ladies and gentlemen.
If Congress demands Mueller recuse himself because of something his subordinates did, the President should recuse himself for something his subordinates did. If there should be more evidence of collusion before Trump steps down, there should be more evidence before Mueller steps down.
The snake missed. Now it's got a mouthful of its own tail.