You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA,” Trump tweeted last Thursday.
I don’t subscribe to Twitter. I hope this is the last time I have to refer to anyone’s tweets.
Republican’s are posturing on questions about Robert Mueller’s investigation. Is it going to be impartial? Is Trump going to be vindicated?
I believe the responses from Republicans follow these approaches: (1) Duck the question entirely, (2) Call it a witch hunt or rigged investigation, as if Democrats had wormed their way into Jeff Session’s Justice Department or (3) State that the process must continue, it will be thorough and fair, and will vindicate Trump.
First, how to duck the question. It is easy to state, “I’m not going there”, or “It’s far too early.” Then add how special counsel in the past, such as Ken Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton, seemed to never end.
A variation on the first approach is to bring in a boat load of accusations made against Hillary Clinton, and state that if an investigation is needed, it is of all the wrong doing by her. Of course, Jeff Sessions can investigate Hillary Clinton or anyone he wants to.
The second way, the full frontal assault (Newt Gingrich approach) and slam Mueller for hiring biased staff.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is a “rigged game” because most of Mueller’s lawyers have donated to Democrats. On Tuesday, Gingrich criticized Mueller for not having pro-Trump attorneys on his team and addressed reports that three members of Mueller’s team have donated to Democrats. One lawyer even defended the Clinton Foundation. “He apparently couldn’t find a single pro-Trump attorney to hire, and I just think that’s a rigged game, and I think that it’s a mistake to pretend this is going to be some neutral investigation,” Gingrich said on CBS This Morning. “I don’t give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who could only hire Democrats but claims we ought to trust him.”
This claim of bias is obviously weak as observers say that Mueller is staffing up with an all star group of lawyers. He knows Washington, and this is a super high stakes investigation.
The final approach is championed by Marco Rubio, who I believe still has presidential aspirations. Marco stated the following, just after the Trump Cuban-American love fest for Fidel haters:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday defended special counsel Robert Mueller’s “stellar” reputation and ability to “conduct a full and fair and thorough investigation” on possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
“I believe he is going to conduct a full and fair and thorough investigation that we should have confidence in,” Rubio told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I’ll continue to believe that based on his reputation and years of service to our country unless there’s any evidence to the contrary,” Rubio said.
Rubio’s comments contradict recent efforts by President Trump’s legal team to attack Mueller’s integrity as special counsel. The team is raising concerns that Mueller’s prior relationship with former FBI Director James Comey is a conflict in his ability to lead the investigation.
Trump’s legal team has left open the possibility Trump will fire Mueller as well.
Rubio also stated that he felt in the end, Trump would be cleared of any wrong doing.
Republicans can decide whether to go with Newt’s attack on Robert Mueller’s staff, or Rubio’s faith in the system.
During all this, the Democrats are probably best to say as little as possible. They wanted an independent investigation, and they got one. Beyond this, they should just keep their mouth shut about the ultimate outcome. They should not respond to Trump’s persistent tweets. If you are winning, don’t gloat.
It is exactly in line with Rubio, to just let the facts speak for themselves.