Comstock and Goodlatte are Right on Mueller Investigation

It has long come to the point that an independent investigator needs to examine what the Russians did or did not do in our 2016 national election. It is also important to ensure that our elected representatives are clear on their responsibilities and the role of government.

Enter chairman of the House Judiciary, Bob Goodlatte, and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock.

As leaders of the Virginia delegation to Congress, they both seem to get it.

Chairman Goodlatte writes:

“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the right decision by appointing a special counsel to oversee the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence our nation’s 2016 presidential election. Former Director Mueller is a well-respected law enforcement professional who served the FBI for a dozen years under both Democratic and Republican presidents. I am confident that he will serve with integrity and professionalism, and will conduct a thorough and fair investigation.

“I applaud the Trump Administration for taking this important step that the previous Administration repeatedly declined to do in other matters, ensuring an independent and thorough investigation is conducted to unearth all the facts. This decision will help instill much needed public confidence in the investigation.”

This only makes sense.

Comstock adds:

“Last week I called for an independent investigation that the American people can trust. With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel, the American people can have confidence in a fair and thorough investigation as well as confidence in the eventual outcome.”

This is long overdue. Both the president’s and congress’ approval are in the tank and to retain faith in our institutions, it’s important for someone with the perception of no partisan interests to take the reins of this investigation.

That said, one thing that perplexes me in the criticism of Trump on this issue is how the firing of Comey actually helps him.

The extreme leftists are howling that this is somehow a dodge. Not really.

The firing actually gives the president credibility because the new acting FBI Director is a close connection to the Democratic party: He’s married to Dr. Jill McCabe. McCabe challenged for the state Senate against Sen. Dick Black. And Black won, despite McCabe having a 2:1 fundraising advantage, which included a large cash-infusion from the Common Good PAC and Gov. Terry McAuliffe. This, of course, is not to say that Andrew McCabe can’t be entrusted with the FBI. In fact, I am saying just the opposite.

With McCabe now in charge of the FBI, it’s clear that bureau is completely independent of the presidency. So, if they are also investigating the issue, one should presume that the findings, if favorable to Trump, will be accepted by the public.

Trump gains additional credibility with Robert Mueller leading this special investigation. While Mueller’s a Republican, President Obama trusted him with the FBI for two years too.

All that anyone in America wants is continued faith in our republic. We want our voting process to be clear, fair, transparent, and secure.

At the end of the day, that’s what’s more important than who’s president or who’s in Congress or who’s running the FBI or a special investigation.

However, what’s also clear is that those currently in these positions do understand the importance of having a credible government, They are showing their leadership and are taking the necessary steps to ensure our great experiment remains strong. And that’s a step in the right direction.

  • Jerel C. Wilmore

    My goodness, how conservative minds work.

    A special counsel is the right thing to do because it is the right thing to do. No one has any confidence in the GOP’s ability to investigate itself. I don’t trust McCabe because of who he is married to, I trust him because he’ll do the right thing.

    And let’s be clear: the “Trump administration” deserves zero credit for this appointment of a special counsel. Trump and his cronies opposed it. Rosenstein appointed Mueller under his own authority according to the regulations governing the Department of Justice. The “Trump administration” did not hear about the appointment until 30 minutes after it was made.

    I haven’t seen any “extreme leftists” howling about this being a dodge. Quite the contrary. No “extreme leftist” I know ever thought the GOP Congress would ever investigate Russia Gate seriously. In order to get a real investigation, we needed a special counsel like Mueller.

    Mueller’s appointment will give the GOP a temporary respite because, as some have noted, a special counsel is good for Democracy, but bad for transparency, so no, we won’t be able to follow the scandal blow by blow on a daily basis. Mueller is someone notoriously tough on leakers, so there’s less likelihood of the GOP suffering from a daily drip, drip, drip of scandal stories.

    But Mueller’s appointment virtually guarantees that if there was collusion, or if any laws were broken, the American people will eventually get the truth and judge the GOP accordingly. The appointment of a special counsel isn’t a dodge at all. It is placing the process back on it’s proper track so that Republicans in Congress can no longer obstruct it.

    If you think that’s some kind of win for the GOP, then I guess you assume that there was no collusion and no laws were broken by Trump and his cronies. With Mueller in charge of the investigation, I am content to wait for its results.

    • “With Mueller in charge of the investigation, I am content to wait for its results.” Me too. Have a great weekend, JC.

      • Jerel C. Wilmore

        If there’s collusion, it’s on the president, anyone who helped him, and anyone who conspired to obstruct justice. You might find that it involves a larger slice of the GOP than you’d like.

        Have a great weekend Jim.

        • Given the fact that this website has been pretty damn consistent about holding all elected officials accountable, I will have a great weekend. Thanks!

  • Biscuit

    Andrew McCabe and Robert Mueller are going to rescue America’s confidence in their government institutions? Who would have ever thought? What’s obvious is that America is not going to trust Washington to fix itself; That’s why they elected Trump- the outsider- to begin with. And “The Swamp” is fighting back.

    • Stephen Spiker
      • Biscuit

        It is perplexing as to why anyone would come on to a presumably conservative blog to make such a comment. This is how America has elected it’s Presidents since January 7, 1789. If you don’t like the results I would suggest reading Article 5 of the US Constitution.

        • Jerel C. Wilmore

          Three Things:

          1) “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” –The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2.

          2) “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

          Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.” –The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 3.

          3) “ARTICLE 1

          In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice . . .” –From the Articles of Impeachment adopted by House Judiciary Committee on July 27, 1974.

          Two questions:

          1) How can something that is in the U.S. Constitution–namely impeachment–be unconstitutional? If the founders gave the House the power of impeachment isn’t it reasonable to think that the founders intended the House to use that power when necessary?

          2) The very first article of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon related to his obstruction of justice in an investigation of wrongdoing by his administration. If President Donald Trump has obstructed justice in an investigation of wrongdoing by his administration, is it not reasonable to suppose that he too has committed an impeachable offense?

          • Biscuit

            First, you should get your nomenclature correct when you are speaking of these historical matters. The Founders are the generation of the American Revolution; The Framers are the generation who constructed the Constitution.

            Your way of thinking is as illogical as putting the proverbial cart before the house: After six months of investigation can you please inform the Bearing Drift audience- and I guess the whole country to – as to what statute or crime has been shown to have been violated or committed with the knowledge of, or actions of President Donald J. Trump? In addition, how has the alleged been shown to have sought to cover up or obstruct the investigation of this/ these crime(s) which no one has yet identified?

            Cutting and pasting segments of the Constitution I guess is fine, but, here again, your point is confused. The Articles of Impeachment outline a Political Process, not an adjudication process of criminal law.
            If you plan to get to an impeachment on high crimes and misdemeanors you better base your hopes on something more than clouds in the sky because you don’t have the votes in either House. And in my humble opinion, the American Public is not going to follow you off a cliff.

        • Stephen Spiker

          “Make such a comment?” It’s a pie chart, and it accurately shows how Americans voted.

          Fact of the matter is that, of all Americans, fewer than 20% supported Trump. Of all voters, fewer than 46% supported Trump. Point is, don’t get too far ahead of yourself proclaiming “why Trump was elected”, when more people voted for his opponent.

          As for coming to this conservative blog, I support conservatives because I am a conservative, which is why I oppose populists and nationalists.

          • Biscuit

            The Electoral College is how America enforces it’s political will. If this country was a parliamentary republic or such you would have a point, however, it isn’t. Thus, your point is irrelevant. Donald Trump is the duly elected President of the United States. And he would be even if only one single solitary person in each state decided it was worth his while to bother to go vote for him.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Yeah, no one is denying he was duly elected. Doesn’t mean that he has a mandate.

          • mezurak

            The GOP in Congress doesn’t have a mandate either, but I don’t hear you all bitchin about that.

          • Biscuit

            The election was won fairly. In addition, both Houses of Congress were given to the Republican Party to get something positive done; one can’t expect them to be mere place holders for the next Democrat majority, whenever that happens again. The Democrats would be acting as if they had a mandate had they won the last election by the same margin. This is unarguable. But, the Republicans I think do have a problem they need to solve.

            I don’t think the party has received a clear majority of the vote since George H. W. Bush. Remember the aftermath of the 2000 Election? The Media and The Democrat Statists went into overdrive to destroy Bush II; and then the terrible events of September 11, 2001 occurred and they had to back off for a while. But when they got back in gear they eventually drove his polls numbers into the ground by the end of his second term.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Bush43 was re-elected with 52% of the vote in 2004, which was the only time the GOP nominee won a majority of the vote in the last 20 years.

            I agree voters are what’s responsible for Republicans being in control right now. The only things I’d point out are: 1) Being Republican does not mean being conservative; and 2) “get something done”, when it comes to the federal government, is not always the best outcome.

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