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Mueller returns: Can he save Trump from himself?

May 19. 2017 12:19AM

Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to name former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election was a great call.

Rosenstein’s decision to notify the White House only after making the pick goes a long way towards establishing the independence of both Mueller and the Justice Department.

If there is any evidence that Trump associates colluded with Russian hackers, Mueller will find it. Just as importantly, if there is nothing there, Mueller is one of the few people that Trump critics would trust.

As New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said, “his appointment should go a long way towards depoliticizing the investigation.”

Special counsels are a tricky thing, and should be avoided whenever possible. Giving an investigator unlimited independence and resources can lead to rogue prosecutors. But Mueller’s integrity is unquestioned. He has no need to gild an already accomplished career by trumping up a case that isn’t really there.

President Donald Trump’s own actions made the appointment of a special counsel all but inevitable. Wednesday night, he seemed to welcome a full and fair investigation. By Thursday morning, he was tweeting about a witch-hunt.

Americans deserve to know if there is anything behind the thus-far unsupported accusations of collusion. We trust Mueller to find the truth.

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