Upon much flack from Congress and the general public, Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has stepped down from the Trump-Russia saga and passed the gauntlet to former-FBI Director Robert Mueller. As stated in a previous report, Mueller will be heading up the examination on the Justice Department’s claim of Russian participation in the 2016, presidential election.
It’s now Mueller’s responsibility to manage prosecutors and federal agents involved in this ongoing saga—including FBI bi-coastal field offices. (His work’s, as they say, really cut out for him.)
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“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Rosenstein explained in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”
Nevertheless, there’s much confidence in Mueller, as he oversaw the FBI for 12 years—Republican and Democrat reign combined (G.W. Bush and Obama). The only other FBI head who precedes his experience is the famous J. Edgar Hoover. (No pressure.)
As part of this arrangement, Mueller left his private, law firm, so nothing will be left open to question(s).
Mueller has commandeered the FBI, National Treasury Department, CIA and others to cipher names, financial information and professional connections amid a plethora of President Trump’s affiliates—including Russian-government leaders.
According to intelligence experts, this task delves deeper than targeting American conspirators—Mueller’s team will be looking for Russian intel that possibly availed methods of conveying false news and secretly distributing hacked correspondence used as a detriment to Hillary Clinton but of aid to President Trump. (Because let’s face it; many won’t be satisfied until their quasi-rationales and justifications are validated…)
While there has been no, concrete, irrefutable proof supporting this ongoing issue, many Americans are obsessed with the Trump-Russia collusion. (It seems they’re just wanting drama for entertainment value.)
Even Representative and House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz chimed in with his thoughts:
Mueller is a great selection. Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 17, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Jason Chaffetz]
Some may recall the previous special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, who led a 2003 effort to examine the illegal disclosure of a CIA agent’s identity.
However, while special counsel has many privileges, the Justice Department keeps them somewhat under its proverbial thumb—via its 1999-instilled regulations.
A Congressional Research Service report shows the respective attorney general (being Rosenstein due to AG Sessions opting for recusal) is privy to any/all of special counsel’s methods and/or strategies—the attorney general also has authority to quash those efforts.
However, unlike the special counsels of the 1970s Watergate scandal, contemporaries do not have complete independence—that law is long gone. (Checks and balances…)