On November 8, 2016, when the election results were in and the networks proclaimed Donald J. Trump the next President of the United States, one thing seemed clear regardless of where you stood on his candidacy: This was the first instance in modern history where the American people not only rejected the Establishment’s offered candidates but chose the exact person They were afraid of.
Not just…didn’t like. Not just…we’d prefer if you didn’t. Actively, desperately AFRAID of.
This fear knew no political lines, as easy as it is to forget that now. These days, it feels like the Jeff Flakes and the John McCains are exceptions to the norm. But back when Trump was seeking the Republican nomination, it was extraordinary to find ANY elected Republican to support his candidacy. True, the winds shifted (somewhat) after he won the nomination, but even then…remember how they were devising all of these elaborate plots to hold an open convention and steal the nomination away from him? Remember the big AGAINST TRUMP issue that National Review published? Remember how Glenn Beck suddenly decided he wasn’t a Republican again and started apologizing for talking bad about Barack Obama? This is how much the established conservative order loathed and feared Trump, and you can bet that, no matter what Paul Ryan may say when he gets in front of a microphone, there’s still plenty of it going on behind the scenes.
It is in this environment that Robert Mueller’s investigation is not only being allowed to continue but is being actively protected and defended by Republicans at the highest levels of government. Yes, there are notable exceptions – good men like Devin Nunes who understand what a travesty this whole thing really is. But for the most part, if Republicans deign to say anything about the Mueller investigation, they simply mumble something about how he’s an honorable fellow and how he should be left alone to complete his inquiry as he sees fit.
As he sees fit??
So far as we remember, Mueller was tasked to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Somehow, this mandate has resulted in a bizarre charge of lying to the FBI for Michael Flynn, a bizarre set of charges against Paul Manafort that have NOTHING to do with the election, a criminal referral against Michael Cohen that appears to have nothing to do with Russia, and a desperate wish to interview President Trump…who both Mueller and Rosenstein say is not under investigation!
And the Republicans think he should be left alone??
Something stinks in the swamp. It’s time for the outsider president we elected to figure out what it is and pull it up by the root.