The Fix is In: GOP Lawmaker Moves to Defund Mueller Investigation
Mueller’s work just became more complicated
Robert Mueller’s investigation into a possible link between the Trump Campaign and Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential election has been one of the few noteworthy examples of bipartisanship between the two sides. Appointed as a special counsel, independent of the Justice Department, Mueller assembled a professional team in order to tackle the so-called “Russiagate” scandal, and uncover any corruption that may be hidden beneath the surface.
Part of the bipartisan cooperation came from a set of bills in early August, approved by both parties, that would prevent the President of the United States from firing an independent counsel (as Nixon did with Archibald Cox in 1973’s Saturday Night Massacre) without consulting a judicial panel. While nothing has come of them in the weeks since, it was still a sign that the majority of Republicans were willing to finally put their country before their party.
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Or so you would think. While support has come for Mueller’s investigation, there remain too many members of the GOP that are only interested in furthering Trump’s agenda due to it aligning with their own agenda. Whether it’s replacing the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act, or banning transgender soldiers, it is clear that the Trump Administration is a threat to the stability of this country. And any Republican that supports him has betrayed this country’s principles.
Until the Democrats regain at least a majority in one House of Congress in 2018, Mueller is the only person who can stop Trump, and Republicans may finally be starting to realize that. A congressman from Florida, Representative Ron DeSantis, has pushed forward an amendment to the independent counsel’s rules that would do two major things: one, prevent the team from investigating any action done by Trump and his associates before he officially started his bid for the Republican nomination in June 2015, and two; start defunding Mueller’s investigation 180 days (that is about six months) after the law is officially passed.
Obviously, this Mr. DeSantis thinks highly of himself in the sense that he believes he can successfully convince enough people on both sides of the aisle to support a move that would be politically suicidal. Of course, we expect this man to get a soldier’s welcome from the President himself. After all, Trump is currently being specifically targeted by Mueller’s team in order to see if he deliberately tried to hide the purpose of the meetings he had with Russia.
We will await to see what happens with this proposal.
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