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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Contracting for Justice

This morning I pondered the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the probe of Russian influence in Election 2016. Are Americans outsourcing justice, or is this insourcing, or is it contracting a service?

The normal institutional channels aren't working because they are corrupted by politics. What does that mean? The House and Senate leadership that is controlled by one party is too aligned with the President to put concern for the nation before their political agenda.

By the grace of wisdom from our Founding Fathers and the rule of law, there will be a pathway forward even when the collective legislative and executive branches have collapsed.

The trouble symptoms include the "Citizen's United" situation that permitted the erosion of one person, one vote with skewed campaign contributions in the name of free speech. I challenged Senator Mitch McConnell in a press event a couple of years ago in Washington when he admitted that the circumstances are not good for equality.

The indication before the nation today is that the Trump campaign gained support by Russian propagandists favoring Trump. Trump appears to have encouraged them.

Matters became worse when Trump appointed Michael Flynn as National Security Director when he knew that Flynn was an unregistered foreign agent conducting business with the Russians.

It appears that Trump encouraged members of his campaign staff to engage the Russians, including the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, among others.

With all of the publically known circumstantial evidence, the cloud around the Trump White House thickens, and now sparks are flying from the firing of United States Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI Director James Comey as they were pursuing the evidence surrounding him.

The story is that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein felt compelled to appoint a Special Counsel because the Executive and Legislative Branches were too biased to perform an independent investigation.
"Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election 
Former FBI director Robert Mueller will oversee the FBI probe, including any coordination between Trump associates and Russians. 
By Devlin Barrett, Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky" 
The Washington Post

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Robert Mueller is back in town.

1 comment:

  1. GOP talk of impeachment highlights Trump’s troubles
    Donald Trump’s presidency is mired in such deep trouble that people in his own party are speculating about impeachment.

    Just four months into his term, Trump faces questions over whether he obstructed justice with his firing of FBI Director James Comey, who reportedly authored a memo that said the president sought to quash an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia.

    The Hill