It appears that the man with the microscope is now under a microscope of his own.
Victor Davis Hanson’s latest in the National Review gets to the issues facing Robert Mueller’s investigation, starting with the notion of having a special counsel:
Special prosecutors…are usually a bad idea. They are admissions that constitutionally mandated institutions don’t work — and can be rescued only by supposed superhuman moralists, who are without the innate biases inherent in human nature.Originally narrow mandates inevitably expand — on the cynical theory that everyone has something embarrassing to hide.
The genesis of the latest special counsel, born from ex-FBI chief James Comey’s leaking of documents from conversations with President Trump, set a domino effect of inherent bias, Hanson writes, as Obama holdovers in the Justice Department selected their man in Mueller.
From there, a cascade of trouble — including the conflicts of interest surrounding acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and his wife (who ran for Congress in 2016 and received a hefty six-figure boost from Clinton affiliate, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe) and the discovery that lawyers recruited to Mueller’s team had directly contributed to Hillary Clinton.
The bombshell, however, came via now ex-Mueller team member Peter Strzok. His text messages with a fellow FBI lawyer and mistress, Lisa Page, exposed an explicit bias against President Trump rampant in Mueller’s “dream team” investigation Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Both were quietly relieved of their duties in the Summer, with no semblance of an indication as to why. Now, it appears we know.
Strzok, it is also worth noting, was the individual who changed the verbiage in Comey’s statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information from “grossly negligent,” indicated she committed a crime, to “extremely careless,” which does not.
Hanson’s full accounting of the evolving dangers of the Mueller investigation is exhaustive, but he offers a damning indictment:
By now there are simply too many coincidental conflicts of interest and too much improper investigatory behavior to continue to give the Mueller investigation the benefit of doubt. Each is a light straw; together, they now have broken the back of the probe’s reputation.