Appointment of Special Counsel in Trump-Russia Investigation

A number of questions have come to the fore regarding Trump’s appointment of Michael Flynn as the US National Security Advisor. It was reported by The New York Times that Flynn was appointed to this important post even after he had informed Trump’s transition team that he was under investigation. The investigation was related to the charge he was paid for lobbying for the country of Turkey. According to informed sources, one of the few decisions taken by him during that critical period was to delay an attack on ISIS, as Turkey disapproved of such a decision.

Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, put forth a suggestion that Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, had paid Trump. McCarthy expressed this view during a 2016 conversation with senior colleagues. These remarks were uttered after McCarthy was briefed by Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, concerning attempts by Russia to torpedo democratic institutions present in the eastern part of Europe.

Special counsel

Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, has been appointed to the post of Special Counsel. He is responsible for overseeing the inquiry being conducted by the Justice Department into links between Trump’s election campaign and Russia. Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, made the appointment. Rosenstein incidentally played an important part in the firing of James Comey, ex-director of the FBI, and his former boss.

Bipartisan win

Mueller has a broad sweep of discretionary powers. The overall responsibly however, is held by attorney general or the equivalent. This move has the possibility to destroy the Trump administration. Mueller is an FBI veteran. He oversaw the massive expansion of the FBI after the September 11th attacks. He had held senior positions under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. His appointment was supported by both Republicans and Democrats. Only a few dithered while giving their support. As per the Senate Special Committee concerning intelligence, the committee itself is investigating the same subject. A few Republican notables like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have given the opinion that the inquiry by the Justice Department will proceed in a just manner and free from any kind of political influence.

The White House responded by saying the investigation will confirm what is already known- no collusion exists between Trump's election campaign and any other foreign entity. Trump, in a speech, complained that he was being treated unfairly.

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