It’s Serious Now: Mueller is Reading Trump’s Tweets!
If we needed any further reason to believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has hit a brick wall, Friday’s lead story in The New York Times provides it. According to “three people briefed on the manner,” Mueller and his team are “scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former FBI director James Comey.” In other words, Mueller’s crack team of Democrat lawyers are combing through the president’s Twitter feed, grasping for anything they can use to build a case of obstruction. The desperation is real.
“Mr. Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets,” the Times reports. “His interest in them is the latest addition to a range of presidential actions he is investigating as a possible obstruction case: private interactions with Mr. Comey, Mr. Sessions and other senior administration officials about the Russia inquiry; misleading White House statements; public attacks; and possible pardon offers to potential witnesses.”
Trump’s legal team argues that none of this comes close to justifying a charge of obstruction. As president, Trump has the executive authority under the Constitution to hire and fire members of the administration at will. As such, Comey’s firing cannot be questioned by his buddy Robert Mueller or anyone else in the Justice Department. Furthermore, as it becomes more obvious that Mueller is not going to be able to make any reasonable case for “collusion” with Russia, we’re talking about the actions Trump took against a phony witch hunt. It is fully within the president’s authority to make sure his Justice Department is not wasting taxpayer money on a partisan goose chase.
The idea that you could make an obstruction case in a situation where you can’t provide any evidence of original wrongdoing is a pretty frightening one. It would essentially authorize the FBI to invent ludicrous investigations (complete with all the public leaks we can stand) into political opponents without any credible evidence, and then run these investigations for years on end. Just go ahead and try to defend yourself. They’ll nail you on “obstruction of justice.” This puts the FBI/DOJ above the law.
Put plainly, you cannot credibly “obstruct justice” if justice is not being served. And you certainly can’t obstruct justice by writing mean things about the investigation on Twitter. Mueller feels the weight of pressure from the Democrats and their #Resistance, and he wants to provide them something – anything – that will further their goals. That’s the only way he walks away from this sordid saga as a hero. If he’s already sinking this low, though, the chances of that happening are extremely slim.