Ten months into the FBI’s investigation of the Trump-Russia affair, and four months into a bipartisan probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has decided to appoint a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to investigate the case. Here are several reasons why it is a bad move:
1) It roils and extends an investigation that, on Capitol Hill at least, was moving toward a conclusion on the allegation at the heart of the matter: whether Donald Trump or his associates colluded with Russians to fix the 2016 election. By the time Rosenstein made his move, Senate investigators were becoming more and more confident that there was no collusion. They couldn’t say for sure — they were cautious to say something could still come up — but the collusion charge was looking like a non-starter. There were also indications that the FBI’s counter-intelligence investigation was finding the same thing. Now, the appointment of Mueller essentially pushes the re-start button on the investigation.
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