The Mad King moves on Mueller | Editorial

Republicans have blocked legislative attempts to protect Robert Mueller, which must be the urgent priority of Democrats now.

President Trump was on the ballot, and the American people chose oversight. They gave Democrats control of the House because they want a check on his power.

That was Tuesday.
Less than 24 hours later, Trump fired his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the Russia inquiry, and installed a preening loyalist to oversee Robert Mueller.
It’s not hard to see why. Under his previous boss, the capable deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Mueller handed up 35 indictments, charging more than a dozen Russians for interfering in the 2016 election to help Trump.

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He followed this trail to those closest to the president as he ran for election: Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn, all of whom pleaded guilty to federal crimes. This is no “hoax.”
Trump’s son is now under scrutiny, based on damning evidence that he tried to collude with the Russians, as is his consultant Roger Stone, who may have known in advance about the release of hacked Democratic emails.
Mueller hasn’t announced any conclusions yet on collusion, or whether the president obstructed justice. He’s kept silent so as not to wrongfully meddle in this election. Imagine that.
Trump swooping in one day later is telling. Mueller is a registered Republican who knows his duty is to uphold the law, not win a popularity contest. But can we say the same of his new boss, handpicked by the president?

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This is Matthew Whitaker, author of an op-ed titled, “Mueller’s investigation of Trump is going too far.” Isn’t it nice when hard work gets noticed?
We know what Whitaker thinks of this probe. He’s even falsely claimed that Russia did not interfere in our election. That alone should be disqualifying. But there’s more. He actually went on CNN to argue that the smart move would be to cut off the investigation’s funding, so it “grinds to almost a halt.”
The best way to reach this president is through his TV screen, and he aced his interview. Whitaker, formerly Sessions’ chief of staff, is even friends with Trump’s national campaign chairman, Sam Clovis, a witness in the Mueller investigation. Yet despite all this, he has not recused himself.
Through his acting AG or a permanent replacement, the president could strangle this probe financially or bury its final report. He could forbid Mueller from following the facts where they lead. He could fire him on a pretense.
Republicans have blocked legislative attempts to protect Mueller, which must be the urgent priority of Democrats now. It’s not just tens of thousands of protestors who demanded this, under the banner of “Nobody is Above the Law.” It’s millions of voters.

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