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Brookings Fellow: Mueller Still 'Playing His Cards Close to the Vest'

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By    |   Monday, 05 March 2018 12:55 PM

Even as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election appears to gain steam, he has not revealed much about where the probe is heading, Brookings Institution senior fellow Benjamin Wittes told Slate on Monday.

"Mueller has played his cards very close to the vest," said Wittes, who has become one of the most prominent commentators on the Mueller investigation and is a strong critic of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

"There have been more actions since a couple months ago, and therefore we have more data points to read… But we still have essentially no information about his thinking, his plans, or his directional momentum, other than what we can read.

"So there's definitely more information to play with, but it is still consistent, potentially, with a pretty wide range of possible theories of the case.

He added that Mueller's team has been quite careful in releasing details, mainly due to a standard prosecutorial practice to be quite judicious with investigative sensitive information

Wittes also bemoaned what he called Trump's abuse of "the core powers of the presidency, the basic discretionary judgments. I will hire this person and fire this person. I will or won't allow my family to use the government as a nesting spot. I will or won't allow the Justice Department to remain, for enforcement purposes, apolitical.

"I will or will not abuse the power of presidential speech. These are not at the margins of presidential authority. They're the core powers of the president."

He was especially concerned that in "all the debates we have about marginal counterterrorism authorities over the last post-9/11 era, they're all about the marginal powers of the federal government.

"And we've lost sight of what a truly abusive human being does with the powers of the presidency, which is abuse the core discretionary authorities of it."

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Even as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election appears to gain steam, he has not reveaed much about where the probe is heading.
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