If Robert Mueller ignores the political rhetoric that's been spewed by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and focuses strictly on the law and his mandate, then several members of President Obama's administration could ultimately be targeted in this inquiry.
The former FBI director has been hired to conduct an investigation regarding any links or coordination between the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Consider the implications of the Democrats' accusations against Trump, and against the Russians for hacking into the Democratic national Committee emails. These emails will become a focal point for Mueller's investigators. So too will the murder of Seth Rich, The Democratic National Committee staffer or who was killed in July 2016 in what police suspect was a botched robbery. There is evidence that he may have been passing information to Wikileaks.
The Democrats have used this Trump/Russia connection to fuel this political war — and as the president himself recently called it, a "witch hunt" — for the past five months and I anticipate they wanted to use it right up until the midterm elections so that they could sit back and claim the president and Republican members of Congress got nothing accomplished in the first two years of his presidency. I now believe that's going to come to an end.
Congress' failed inquiries and politically motivated leaks to the press will now take a second seat to Director Mueller and his investigative team which has full criminal grand jury subpoena power. Mueller's investigation takes precedent over these ridiculous congressional hearings that have accomplished absolutely nothing, apart from driving a frantic media, rumors, and political innuendo.
We already know that former national security advisor Mike Flynn spoke to a Russian counterpart. Had he said something inappropriate, or criminal, we would've known that by now for sure.
What we don't know, but will now find out, is who ordered the unmasking of Americans in conversations with foreign diplomats. Who leaked those names, and the content of those conversations to the press and media? Who in the Department of Justice told the New York Times that FBI director James Comey wrote a classified memo documenting a meeting with the president?
If the memo was actually classified and does exist, who leaked it? If Comey was ordered to obstruct a federal investigation as the New York Times has reported, that would be a federal crime, which Comey was obligated by law to report to the deputy attorney general. His failure to report, is not only a violation of law, but also jeopardizes his law license.
These are just a few things that Mueller and his investigative team will be looking at, and I'm sure there is much much more.
Who knows where this will go, but one thing is for sure: Donald Trump, Mike Flynn, are going to be looked at, but so will a bunch of others. And based on what's been reported already, we know that some of these others engaged in criminal conduct. It would be interesting to find out why the prior administration allowed them to engage in this activity, why the former Attorney General did nothing, and why Director Comey, intentionally ignored their crimes.
Hopefully we find out sooner than later. It's time for the president to get on to the job he was sworn to do.
Bernard Kerik is a former New York City police commissioner, and was in command of the NYPD during the attacks on America on 9/11.
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