Wednesday, August 23

Trump-Russia inquiry continues

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A new leader of the FBI was announced on Wednesday following the James Comey’s dismissal earlier this month. Robert Mueller has been named as his successor, with his primary job being the continuation of an investigation delegated to Mr Comey before he was fired by president Donald Trump. In addition, he has been authorised by deputy attorney general Rosenstein to investigate any matters that may arise during this investigation regarding the suspicious activity of the Trump administration.

Robert Mueller is a highly acclaimed Federal Prosecutor and Senior justice department official and a veteran of the Vietnam war. Mueller has previously lead the FBI through two presidencies, one democratic and one republican.  Stability and reliability are no doubt a primary factor in his election for the role in a time of political unrest.

David Kris ex-assistant attorney general for national security said

“I have known Mueller for a long time… Mueller is experienced, knowledgeable, capable. He is utterly incorruptible. He cannot be intimidated. At this stage in his career, he has nothing to prove, no reputation to burnish, no axe to grind.”

Mueller then, is the perfect candidate in investigating the alleged election tampering and the relationship; if any, to the President. As well as the accused obstruction of justice caused by the sacking of Comey.

President Trump has been noted less than happy with the newly appointed leader as he was only made aware of the change of appointment after Mr Rosenstein passed the bill. This is unsurprising, as it juxtaposes the autocratic approach regarding the federal investigation bureau that President Trump has taken since being elected. He has expressed his disagreement with the decision on social media platform, twitter:

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!…..With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!”

To further enhance controversy regarding his investigation, Trump has recently mocked the Deputy Attorney General publicly- only time will tell whether this will have an influential impact on how this will affect investigative proceedings.

In summary, it is fair to say that any apprehension held by the FBI following the dismissal of Comey will have to be soothed by the newly elected special council and the future of Donald Trump’s Presidency is becoming increasingly more precarious…

 

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Chris is a second-year law student in Durham, originally from Manchester, with particular interest in international affairs, public policy and monetary systems.

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