Email #219: “Rigged game”?

Why are President Trump’s supporters casting doubt about special counsel Mueller’s investigation? Last month New Gingrich called it a “rigged game” because four members of Mueller’s over 15-member team donated to Democratic candidates. Gingrich tweeted: “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring. Check FEC reports. Time to rethink.”

The President also implied the investigation was unfair: “I can say that the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters, some of them worked for Hillary Clinton.”

But according to Politifact: “The Justice Department has looked into the contributions and employment histories of all of their hires and determined them consistent with the rules of professional responsibility. Trump’s implication is that the investigation is politically motivated, but we see nothing to support that.” Also, Mueller is himself a Republican and was appointed FBI Director by President Bush.

And yet now Tomi Lahren of Great America Alliance is appearing in the tv ad “Witch Hunt,” saying: “Only in Washington could a rigged game like this be called independent.”

But isn’t the special counsel the President’s best opportunity to “lift the cloud”? By disparaging the investigation, do he and his supporters already believe its findings will be damaging to him? You said in May: “Former FBI Director Mueller is a well-respected law enforcement professional. I’m confident he will conduct a thorough, fair investigation.” Do you still stand by that statement? If so, why have you done nothing to counter the false claims by Gingrich, Lahren, and the President himself? Why are you allowing them to undermine the credibility of the special counsel?

Because Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Mueller’s collusion investigation is part of the Justice Department, it is your responsibility as chair of the House Judiciary Committee to oversee it. Whatever Mueller concludes, the American public need to trust that his assessment is correct. Protecting that trust is your responsibility.

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Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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