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.

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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