Congressmen Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte appeared on Fox News with
Bret Baier Bill Hemmer to talk about appointing a second Special Counsel. I’ve heard it said that a Special Counsel or Prosecutor is generally a bad thing on the grounds that it signifies that the regular justice process has failed or can’t be relied upon. What, then, does it say when having a Special Counsel already isn’t good enough? Baier Hemmer didn’t ask the one question that I can’t move past. It’s fine and probably correct that IG Horowitz doesn’t have the tools he needs to fully investigate the Justice Department’s actions with regard to the Steele Dossier, but why can’t Mueller do it? What’s wrong with the Special Counsel we already have?
This is confusing coming from Gowdy, because he has consistently defended Mueller and his mission. Why doesn’t Gowdy have confidence in Mueller to investigate something that is well within his purview? The Steele Dossier is one of the core components of the whole Trump Russia narrative that led to Mueller’s appointment in the first place.
I don’t understand why it’s just accepted that Mueller is doing his job by going after Paul Manafort on money laundering Ukrainian funds in 2013 but someone else needs to investigate something that was a factor during the election. The Steele Dossier included information about Trump and Russians and even involves a criminal referral that the Senate Judiciary Committee has made. Mueller should be handling this. Am I missing something?
It’s very difficult for me to come to any other conclusion than that Gowdy doesn’t have as much faith in Mueller as he claims. The fact that he’s calling for a second Special Counsel is as clear an indicator as I can find that he knows Mueller isn’t pursuing it. It makes no sense to me why he isn’t either criticizing Mueller for not following such an obvious lead or demanding that he simply be replaced.
It’s frustrating enough that we already have one Special Counsel who won’t tell anyone what he’s doing, isn’t clear on what he is or isn’t supposed to be investigating, won’t tell us how much longer he’s going to be at it, and won’t even tell us his budget. We don’t need two.