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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:53 PM

How A Special Counsel Could Actually Benefit Trump

Independent prosecutor brings peril for White House, but may calm firestorm and combat leaks

PoliZette
by Brendan Kirby
Updated 17 May 2017 at 10:14 PM

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The White House vigorously opposed a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, but it could have major upsides for President Donald Trump, according to legal and political experts.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein late Wednesday acceded to growing demands by Democrats and appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 election — including possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.

The decision takes the case outside of the normal structure of the Justice Department, which carries a certain element of risk for the president. But former federal prosector Joseph diGenova told LifeZette that it could be good news in the long run for the Trump administration. He noted that Mueller, in addition to looking at potential wrongdoing by Trump associates, also could examine illegal leaks by government employees who have spread classified information that has embarrassed Trump.

What’s more, diGenova said, it could spare the White House from daily questions.

“They should welcome this because this is going to allow them to not comment on anything about this,” he said. “It’s under investigation.”

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Michael Johns, founder of the Tea Party Community, said previous prosecutors have drifted from their original charge.

“There’s always the risk of mission creep with special counsels,” he said. “It’s one of the downsides of appointing a special counsel.”

But Johns, who was a speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, agreed there are advantages. For one thing, he said, the public more likely would accept a pronouncement exonerating Trump from Mueller than from a political appointee.

"There is zero evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Trump administration," he said. "The whole environment in Washington, D.C., right now is the most politically toxic of our lifetimes."

Johns said it also is likely to reduce the daily siege mentality and make it easier for Trump to reset an agenda over which he has lost control.

"It completely removes any basis for the Democratic Party not getting back to work they should be pursuing," he said.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:13 AM

View PostLiz, on 18 May 2017 - 09:53 PM, said:

The White House vigorously opposed a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, but it could have major upsides for President Donald Trump, according to legal and political experts.


Yes, the White House 'vigorously opposed' it. "Please don't throw me into the briar patch, br'er fox."
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:44 AM

View PostAdam Smithee, on 19 May 2017 - 06:13 AM, said:

Yes, the White House 'vigorously opposed' it. "Please don't throw me into the briar patch, br'er fox."


Yup, the same thought crossed my mind too.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:14 AM

With only 3 months of time in the White House, there really is very little to investigate. The Trump Administration should probably hope that Mueller does have "mission creep" and he investigates ANY and ALL ties by the Russians to the 2016 Presidential candidates and their surrogates.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:21 AM

View PostDutch13, on 19 May 2017 - 08:14 AM, said:

With only 3 months of time in the White House, there really is very little to investigate. The Trump Administration should probably hope that Mueller does have "mission creep" and he investigates ANY and ALL ties by the Russians to the 2016 Presidential candidates and their surrogates.


The Democrats will pull the plug on Mueller faster than a Detroit ballot box recount.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:35 AM

View Postgravelrash, on 19 May 2017 - 11:21 AM, said:

The Democrats will pull the plug on Mueller faster than a Detroit ballot box recount.


Could they? The power of the Democrats in DC is largely limited to sabre-rattling. The people that put Mueller in place were Republican, and the people that can pull him are too (for now).
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:03 PM

View Postlyria, on 19 May 2017 - 11:35 AM, said:

Could they? The power of the Democrats in DC is largely limited to sabre-rattling. The people that put Mueller in place were Republican, and the people that can pull him are too (for now).


You think that because the Republicans have majorities in both the Senate and the House and the President is a Republican that they are in control?

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:45 PM

View Postgravelrash, on 19 May 2017 - 12:03 PM, said:

You think that because the Republicans have majorities in both the Senate and the House and the President is a Republican that they are in control?

:lol3:


Laugh all you want, but it ultimately does come down to who has the votes and who is in the politically-appointed positions of the administration. That's how the system works.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:05 PM

View Postlyria, on 19 May 2017 - 12:45 PM, said:

Laugh all you want, but it ultimately does come down to who has the votes and who is in the politically-appointed positions of the administration. That's how the system works.

Absolutely, but you've neglected to account for the Republicans' unfailing ability to shoot themselves in the foot.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:11 PM

View PostLiz, on 19 May 2017 - 01:05 PM, said:

Absolutely, but you've neglected to account for the Republicans' unfailing ability to shoot themselves in the foot.


Hah! Now that one I can agree with! Point taken. But it still wouldn't be the Democrats pulling the investigation.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:17 PM

View PostLiz, on 19 May 2017 - 01:05 PM, said:

Absolutely, but you've neglected to account for the Republicans' unfailing ability to shoot themselves in the foot.


That is true. President Trump's feet are now smaller than his hands after all the times he has shot himself in the foot since taking office.
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