As far as the American people are concerned, the country seems to be in an almost no-win situation when it comes to the nation’s future. This is driven not by President Trump’s style so much as the dangerous response to his style by the liberal establishment and what is known as the “Deep State.”
The advice to not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but let his investigation “play out” has long seemed the prudent path, and has been encouraged by many conservatives and Trump supporters. After all, firing Mueller is guaranteed to set off a series of events that will be politically problematic for Republicans in November and the President in 2020. And to the point of the specific Mueller investigation and the reason for appointing him, there appears to be no Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and certainly not with Trump.
However, the raid on the offices, home and hotel room of the President’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, changes the calculus by opening up an entirely new realm of threat to the democratically elected president of the United States. Yes, the raid itself and the line it crosses that has never been crossed regarding an American president is very treacherous territory. Never has such a raid been conducted on a sitting president’s lawyer. The FBI better have rock-solid reasons for this raid — not just more of a fishing expedition based on thin evidence — or there will be hell to pay.
There may be anyway.
Because the deeper problem is that the Mueller investigation is metastasizing into an investigation of the life and times of Donald Trump and everyone ever associated with him. And that is an existential threat to democracy and the rule of law and order in this country.
Mueller did not conduct the raid or order the raid. But in the course of his very wide-ranging investigation into all things Trump, he apparently came across information regarding Trump’s attorney, Cohen, that could be criminal. Apparently, Mueller “referred” that information to prosecuting attorneys in New York, who then used it to obtain the search warrant and conduct the raid.
So this is how a fishing expedition expands, and how another level of the Deep State, for lack of a better term, can work against a president who is perceived as a threat to it. The Deep State in this case might be described as those benefitting or otherwise supporting the Washington status quo. Donald Trump most certainly does not represent the status quo way of doing business.
Mueller is someone who seems to have benefitted and supports the status quo in D.C. The range of his investigation until the Cohen raids was already well beyond the outlines set by Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s original appointment of him. But now sharing, involving and encouraging the expanded circle of federal prosecutors around the country to target Trump associates represents a dangerously broadened scope.
Further, what those prosecutors find in their investigations can be referred to or shared with Mueller’s team. So in a sense, Mueller doesn’t just have the team of Democratic investigators and a compromised FBI at the top, he has the entire national law enforcement apparatus of the United States at his disposal to damage and bring down the President.
So “letting it play out” is looking like a recipe for investigations that will last as long as Trump remains in office. In the short-term, this is more ammunition for Democrats in 2018. In the longer term, this is aimed at Trump being politically crippled for 2020.
But in the longest term, this is a cannonball across the bow of any future President of the United States who dares to go after the beneficiaries of the Deep State status quo in Washington.
And it is all done outside the confines of the United States Constitution, which makes no allowances for an independent prosecutor answerable to no one, is unaccountable to any branch of the federal government and completely out of the reach of the American people.
And that is a threat that perhaps cannot be allowed to “play out.”
Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.
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