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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Through all the controversy, threats and noise surrounding the Trump-Russia investigation, one person has been conspicuously silent: Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI director hasn't uttered a single word in public since he was appointed in May to lead the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election despite increasingly combative attacks by Republicans and their allies on the FBI, the Justice Department and the integrity of his probe. It's an intentional strategy meant to convey the investigation's credibility and seriousness in an age of 24-hour noise, amplified by cable news shows and Twitter, according to current and former U.S. officials who know Mueller personally or who have followed his work. Instead of press conferences, Mueller has spoken loudly through a series of indictments and plea deals related to various Trump associates.

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Mueller's approach is unconventional, both in the current political climate and compared with former FBI director James Comey or previous high-profile public prosecutors like Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton.

The vacuum created by Mueller's silence has been filled by GOP critics and conservative media charging the investigation is tainted with bias against President Donald Trump. Several House Republicans have called for Mueller to resign, with Matt Gaetz of Florida going to the House floor last week to accuse him of "fishing in the never-Trump aquarium" in choosing prosecutors and FBI agents for his team.

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As all good prosecutors do, he will let the investigation proceed according to the evidence and let its conclusions do the talking for him.

He isn't going to grandstand (ala Archibald Cox) or seek the spotlight, intentionally or otherwise (ala Kenneth Starr) and just keep his head down until he is done.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 12:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I have said it before, I think Mueller was smart in staffing his team with people who couldn't be accused of being connected to Trump, knowing full well that any indictments against Trump or his family will be deemed a witchhunt by his supporters but giving him cover against the Left if his investigation declines to find that Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia to win the election.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 12:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Mueller seems perfect for the honest broker's job he's been handed.

That doesn't mean he will escape political hellfires; that's pretty much guaranteed.

History, on the other hand, may be kind to him.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-12-21 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The void of his silence is being filled by the opposition--a great negotiating tactic. Mueller's critics will reveal themselves as hacks and toadies soon enough. Their blabber will be their downfall.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2017-12-21 12:50 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter - I agree with that thought. The problem is finding a "good" prosecutor who will do his job as he should and let the investigation proceed according to the actual evidence is EXTREMELY rare but that is what Prosecutor's job is - it isn't to convict as most seem to think. A prosecutor's job is to find, follow and present the evidence and if appropriate present it for judgement. It isn't to take a position on the evidence - that's up to whoever is judging.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-21 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#4 | Posted by catdog

I think many of his political critics are afraid of finding his team knocking on their doors. As for the noise making pundits - they are just pandering the LCD at this point.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-21 12:52 PM | Reply

DOC

Trump's lawyers are telling him he has nothing to worry about. But then, he's such a pathological liar that I have to wonder if Trump has even told them the truth. If they're smart, they wondering the same thing.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-21 01:03 PM | Reply

@#7 ... Trump's lawyers are telling him he has nothing to worry about. ...

Frm what I've read, Pres Trump's lawyers have also been telling him that the investigation will wrap up by year end (this year, 2017).

I can only imagine the Twitter storm when Pres Trump finds out that the investigation probably has a year or so to go.

imo, it is the reason why the Republicans have started their attempts to massively discredit Mr Mueller ---

So that anything Mr Mueller discovers can be trivialized due to the imagined "taint" on his investigation, or maybe, in the case of Mr Flynn, reduce the amount of flak received if a pardon occurs.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-21 01:15 PM | Reply

If Mueller hasn't made any allegations against Trump, how can the investigation be bias?

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 01:25 PM | Reply

If Mueller hasn't made any allegations against Trump, how can the investigation be bias?

#9 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Other than being unnecessarily heavy-handed at times, I haven't seen any evidence of actual bias.

There is plenty of perceived bias, especially when we compare/contrast how this investigation is being conducted with how the Clinton investigation was conducted. But perception isn't always reality. I try very hard (don't always succeed) to live in reality.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-12-21 01:32 PM | Reply

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It helps that trump was busy calling out, challenging, and denigrating the FBI during Comey's tenure whereas he doesn't want anyone to acknowledge Mueller even exists.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-21 01:43 PM | Reply

Mueller was also told by the courts that he is not allowed to defend himself from the smear campaigns.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-21 01:45 PM | Reply

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt...

Sage advice that is ignored daily on the DR.

As for the noise making pundits - they are just pandering the LCD at this point.

#6 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2017-12-21 12:52 PM

That's true on both sides of the spectrum, as evidenced by the endless speculation we see in articles posted by both the Left and Right on the DR.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 02:03 PM | Reply

Mueller was also told by the courts that he is not allowed to defend himself from the smear campaigns.

I'm personally not aware of any precedent that keeps him from defending himself from false accusations, I am honestly interested in your proof of this.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-21 02:05 PM | Reply

There is plenty of perceived bias, especially when we compare/contrast how this investigation is being conducted with how the Clinton investigation was conducted. But perception isn't always reality. I try very hard (don't always succeed) to live in reality.

#10 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Tell me you are kidding.... You think THIS investigation is MORE heavy handed than the Clinton investigation? They impeached Clinton for lying about a consensual foray with an intern. The question shouldn't have even been asked in the first place.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-21 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

There is plenty of perceived bias, especially when we compare/contrast how this investigation is being conducted with how the Clinton investigation was conducted. But perception isn't always reality. I try very hard (don't always succeed) to live in reality.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ

Yeah during the campaign, the FBI was investigating both trump and clinton. Comey annouced clinton was under investigation, but not trump. Which side is the bias on?

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-21 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Tell me you are kidding.... You think THIS investigation is MORE heavy handed than the Clinton investigation? They impeached Clinton for lying about a consensual foray with an intern. The question shouldn't have even been asked in the first place.

#15 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

I was referring to the Hillary Clinton email investigation. I agree with you regarding the Bill Clinton investigation.

Yeah during the campaign, the FBI was investigating both trump and clinton. Comey annouced clinton was under investigation, but not trump. Which side is the bias on?

#16 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

No grand jury convened. Hard drives were only allowed to be partially inspected and then had to be destroyed. Key co-conspirators were allowed to act as counsel when Hillary was interviewed. Her exoneration was penned by Comey 2 months before her investigation was over. Changing the language from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless". Obama's proclamations that she did nothing wrong (which is why the FBI went so easy on her). The tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch....I could go on and on.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-12-21 02:30 PM | Reply

#17

No matter the actual topic, HDS sufferers will always have Hillary.

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-21 02:31 PM | Reply

There's a lot more to this than Russia at this point. It's great to see all the Russia denials, but those aren't the whole picture. He's in full-on RICO mode. He also has a bunch of people who are probably expecting charges for obstruction and lying to the FBI, based on the emails that were just released after he interviewed them.

#19 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-21 02:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I was referring to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Because that didn't receive ANY attention and was effectively over within a few days.

#20 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-12-21 02:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

JEFF @ #17

"I could go on and on"

Please spare us.

A first year law student could have you and your "evidence" tossed out of a courtroom

Keep looking for that reality. You haven't found it yet.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-21 05:18 PM | Reply

There has really only been two surprises to me in the Mueller investigation. Papadopoulos and the 50k+ emails. The rest of the news that has come from it has been somewhat predictable if you know much of how organized crime investigations work and you watch the public responses from the people who have been involved combined with what is known from sealed court actions.

Mueller is rolling right up the chain. The soldiers gave up the capo's. Up next will be news that Flynn and others gave up the underbosses, Kushner and possibly Pence, then it will be the consigliere Trump Jr and ultimately Trump.

#22 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-12-21 11:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

JOHNNY

Very well said. That seems to be exactly what's happening.

#23 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-22 03:00 AM | Reply

I'm personally not aware of any precedent that keeps him from defending himself from false accusations, I am honestly interested in your proof of this.

#14 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2017-12-21 02:05 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Of course:

Judge Amy Berman told Manafort not to try in any way to influence public opinion.

www.google.com

Now the podcast I heard described her order on influence to be for both sides.

I may have misheard. Let's be safe and assume I misheard and the gag order is only for Manafort.

Sorry for the misinformation, it was not intentional.

#24 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-22 10:50 AM | Reply

There is plenty of perceived bias

Yeah, to Faux News watching water heads who view everything through an extreme partisan lens.

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-22 02:45 PM | Reply

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