There were two very interesting Op-Ed’s that dropped this past week, both focused on one truth, Robert Mueller must be stopped.
One of the pieces was from a long-time Clinton ally who is terrified about the damage that Mueller could wreak. Another was written by a former Attorney General who sees little-to-no utility from the Mueller investigation.
Mark Penn is a hated name on the right, because he’s long been a crony of the Clinton family, doing their dirty work for the last 30-odd years. However, his most recent piece may make him a new fan favorite on the right. Here’s some of what he had to say:
The “deep state” is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general’s report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming. …
This process must now be stopped, preferably long before a vote in the Senate. Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again.
Its prosecutions have all been principally to pressure witnesses with unrelated charges and threats to family, or just for a public relations effect, like the indictment of Russian internet trolls. Unfortunately, just like the Doomsday Machine in “Dr. Strangelove” that was supposed to save the world but instead destroys it, the Mueller investigation comes with no “off” switch: You can’t fire Mueller. He needs to be defeated, like Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Clinton.
Penn pulls no punches and he’s even got some folks wondering what Mueller could have done to earn such ire.
There’s a heck of a story behind this @Mark_Penn op-ed, which I’ve read 3 times now to make sure I read it right. Then I read Penn’s bio. Twice. I just don’t know what the story is. https://t.co/vf3PGUeibn
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) May 21, 2018
My hunch: He is auditioning to work for Trump and/or be the new Pat Caddell. https://t.co/Q1NGXB8H1k
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) May 21, 2018
But Penn wasn’t the only one arguing that the investigation needed to be wrapped up and that Mueller needed to be sent out to pasture.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey offered a less-scathing but similarly critical opinion of the Mueller investigation in a piece at USA Today:
First, the law requires that a special counsel investigate a specified crime based on specified facts, not try to be the second coming of the Lone Ranger.
But further, the ongoing investigation saps the resources and attention of the Trump administration. If the administration cannot function, the burden of this constantly shifting investigation will give rise to a narrative that any failure was due to the Mueller diversion — that the Trump administration was stabbed in the back. That is potentially more damaging to our politics than any salaciousness that might be tossed up by Robert Mueller.
For both legal and political reasons, the end of this investigation is overdue.
Penn and Mukasey attack the investigation from different angles – one speaking as a matter of law and the other as a matter of partisan political schemes – but both arrive at the same location.
It’s time that we end the farce that is the Mueller investigation.