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The right is right: Mueller is stacking deck against Trump

In unison, the talking heads at Fox News and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee assaulted both current FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Director Robert Mueller. Mueller also happens to be Special Counsel investigating foreign election intervention by Russia. Their complaint was that the F.B.I. is politicized and out to get Donald Trump. In the minds of those on the right, the same is true of Special Counsel Mueller.

Fox anchor and commentator Gregg Jarrett said,

“I think that we now know that the Mueller Investigation is illegitimate and corrupt. And Mueller has been using the F.B.I. as a political weapon, and the F.B.I. has become America’s secret police, secret surveillance, wire-tapping, intimidation, harassment and threats. It’s like the old KGB that comes for you in the dark of the night, banging through your door. The F.B.I. is a shadow government now; it has become highly politicized.”

Peter Strzok is the perfect example of it. He led both the Hillary Clinton investigation and, until recently, the Mueller investigation. This is a guy who has corrupt political motives. We now know it. Congress has the emails. But he’s the tip of the iceberg.

Rarely has a public figure received as much universal praise as Robert Mueller, at least up until a few weeks ago. But as his investigation has evolved to the point where we now have perp walks, the heat is getting to be too much for many on the right. In their minds, Mueller and those working for him no longer have objectivity; their clear and present motive is to get Donald Trump and those close to him.

If you believe that we are now living in two un-parallel universes, the right is right. Mueller is out to get Trump and those close to him. At least this is how most people in Trump’s 34% universe of the American electorate see it.

Here’s the problem that the right has. Mueller is coming from a perspective founded in the Age of Reason. He is employing logic and deductive reasoning. He is hiring people who come from the same school. When the Trump-o-philes complain that Mueller has hired lawyers who have represented Democrats or contributed to the campaign of Democrats, they are right. What do they expect, lawyers from Breitbart? Mueller is hiring lawyers who can follow both the facts and the law.

Mueller is an evidence-based person. This comes with the territory when you are a post-J-Edgar director of the F.B.I.

Mueller is an evidence-based person. This comes with the territory when you are a post-J-Edgar director of the F.B.I. Or as Sergeant Joe Friday of Dragnet fame said, “Just the facts, ma’am.” He is following what is empirical, and often times this means following the money. For Trump, this means getting into his “privates.” His allies think that’s off-limits, but in reality, his finances should be in the public domain.

These two universes go beyond disagreeing on policies or even on proper legal procedure. They reflect a huge cultural divide in our country. It has gotten so wide that each side goes beyond calling the other side “bad” or misguided; now each side challenges the mental health of those on the other side.

Conventional analysis would indicate that Trump or Roy Moore are people whose mental stability should be questioned, but to those on the right it is the likes of Mueller or Barack Obama who are unstable.

There is a connection between rational thinking and those who are politically more to the left. Mueller’s investigation is reflective of that; the best investigators tend to be closer to non-conspiratorial journalists and others looking to document occurrences. This has to be frightening to Trump, Fox News and others of similar mind-sets. From where they sit, it is indeed true that Mueller is stacking the deck against Trump. It will be that way so long as two plus two equals four.

  • CARichards

    Arthur, you say “There is a connection between rational thinking and those who are politically more to the left.” Really? I see Democrats being led by unbridled emotion and certainly not by rationality ever since the election of Trump—ready to believe whatever latest news from Mueller (Flynn’s pleading guilty to lying to the FBI I guess is the most recent) is going to bring Trump down–hearts jumping to heights of total elation at the prospect of Trump’s demise–without much careful analysis. It is what has caused CNN and other anti-Trump news outlets to have to retract at least four or five supposedly major “Trump is toast” breaking stories over the past few weeks. If we were really interested in investigating possible Russian interference with the election, why is a blind eye turned to the money spent by the DNC (which per Donna Brazile was controlled by the Clinton campaign) to purchase a salacious, unverified dossier on Trump from Russian sources through a former British spy? We know that happened. Is that not Clinton-Russian collusion right there in our faces? Meanwhile, we’ve spent months and months and countless dollars on Mueller’s fishing expedition which is based on what? The unverified, paid for political dossier that somehow got into the FBI’s hands? Is that the basis? I certainly hope not. But that leaves the never actually proven theory that the Russians hacked the DNC server, a theory that has been roundly debunked by former top intelligence analysts who say the scientific evidence points to an inside leak, not a hack. I am a rational thinker who happens to be politically to the left. And I am tired of this waste of time and resources. I’m also fed up with the way it takes the focus off of the things we really need to be fighting — like the tax bill, healthcare, etc. As to Republicans being “irrational” for complaining about the investigation’s political bias, I’m very sure that if the tables were turned and it was Hillary Clinton and her campaign being investigated by a team with so many clear conflicts of interest, Democrats would be up in arms.

  • Arthur Lieber

    Cynthia, let me pick up the rational strand and take it to the end of your comment. You emphasize the need to focus on the tax bill, healthcare, etc. I agree completely. And I think that the rational answers to these issues is to block the tax bill and fully fund health care. That’s what some (hardly all) Democrats want to do. I think that we need to work on focusing Democrats and any others and addressing the real issues, not the diversions. As for Mueller, etc., I think that his investigation has to continue. Regardless of what Hillary might have done, the nefarious relationships between more than a dozen Trump associates and Russia does not seem to be in the self-interest of either country. The investigation may lead to the removal of Trump which is one step towards giving more Americans reason to support progressive Democrats. At least, that’s what I’m hoping.

  • CARichards

    Thanks for your reply, Arthur. I try to keep up with the news but I really am in the dark about “nefarious relationships between more than a dozen Trump associates and Russia.” Do you mean the Russian government or just Russian individuals? And what was reported that suggests that “nefarious” would be the correct way to describe the relationships? It was widely reported that Flynn reached out to the Russian ambassador at Trump’s request during the preparation for the transition of power — but even the Washington Post has characterized that action as “normal” for members of incoming administrations. If information about “nefarious” relationships is coming to the media via leaks from the FBI, I think we have good reason to question it after all that has come out about Mueller’s team–especially the text messages –in one of them an agent actually talks about the need to stop Trump from becoming president for the good of the country–and how he, the agent, is in a good position to help with that. If there was a Deep State effort to make sure Trump wasn’t elected, and then now if there is a similar effort to bring down his presidency, then I fear for us all. That means that there are those in high places in our government who think Americans don’t have the right to select their own president. If the Deep State gets away with this kind of coup with Trump, you know for certain they will do it to whatever anti-war, pro-government funded healthcare Progressive Democrat we might somehow one day manage to get into office!!! As much as we dislike Trump’s policies, I think we liberals need to above all stand strong for the rule of law to prevail, rather than hope to have him taken down by highly partisan operatives abusing their power.

  • Arthur Lieber

    Cynthia, I guess that like any two people, we see things differently. That’s okay with me; I appreciate having the different perspective. It is quite possible that what I think I see is wrong, or “fake.” As more events unfold, I’ll try to consider your perspective as well. I guess that we agree on a lot of components of a progressive agenda, but in terms of what is going on day-to-day, we have different views. But as I said, I’m happy to try to look at another perspective.

  • CARichards

    I always enjoy our political exchanges. Best wishes to you.

  • Arthur Lieber

    Same to you. Hope there will be more. — a