Mueller Time: Investigation should inform votersEDITORIAL
August 10. 2018 2:37PM
It has been nearly 15 months since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special council to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
So far, Mueller has brought charges against two Trump campaign officials for crimes not directly related to election interference, two others for lying to investigators, and more than two dozen Russian nationals and suspected intelligence operatives.
Some Democrats have long hoped Mueller would bring down the Trump presidency, providing Congress with grounds for impeachment. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was taped at a closed-door fundraiser arguing that Republicans must keep control of the House to prevent Democrats from impeaching the President.
With candidates from both parties already making up their minds, voters' decisions will steer how the House proceeds. It would be extremely helpful if Mueller would conclude his investigation and present whatever evidence he has gathered in time for voters to consider it.
Impeachment is ultimately a political process. We have yet to see anything approaching an impeachable offense from this reckless and petty President. His continued attacks on the Mueller investigation do nothing to instill confidence in his innocence.
When Mueller was picked for the job, we expressed trust in his competence and independence. But we cautioned at the open-ended mandate given to special prosecutors and counsels. Their investigations drag on indefinitely and drift into unanticipated areas.
Mueller should not ignore possible crimes he might discover while pursuing Russian interference. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is on trial based on evidence Mueller unearthed.
Given the length and scope of Mueller's investigation so far, we hope he is nearing the end. Voters need to make an informed decision about who they want representing them when the House deals with whatever Mueller finds.