Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is not go­ing away

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Matthew Whi­taker, who has pub­licly ad­vo­cated for lim­it­ing spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, was named act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral af­ter Jeff Ses­sions re­signed Wed­nes­day at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­quest.

This in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian in­teref­er­ence in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is not go­ing away, nor should it. Let the chips fall where they may. But if Mueller is fired, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will likely go to the Demo­cratic con­trolled House. Frankly, Trump stands a bet­ter chance with Repub­li­can Mueller. Plus, the po­lit­i­cal fall­out of fir­ing Mueller would be dev­ast­ing to Trump’s al­ready weak hold on power and sup­port. Scott Hardy

Ses­sions re­signed on Wed­nes­day but should have done so a year ago. Mueller has had over a year for this in­ves­ti­ga­tion and has pro­duced noth­ing against the pres­i­dent. Time to stop spend­ing tax­pay­ers’ money over non­sense. Suzie Watkins

Ses­sions may have done the right thing, but he de­nied Trump a sup­port­ive at­tor­ney gen­eral. Think of all the things for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral Eric Holder may have done for Barack Obama and how much cover he gave him. Larry Hollingsworth

The left has been ob­sess­ing on Trump fir­ing Mueller for over a year now. I can’t think of any other non­event get­ting this kind of cov­er­age. Mike Slay

Trump couldn’t have ap­pointed Whi­taker as in­terim suc­ces­sor if Ses­sions was fired.

The Fed­eral Va­can­cies Re­form Act of 1998 em­pow­ers the pres­i­dent to by­pass a deputy and in­stall any­one who has been con­firmed by the Se­nate for any po­si­tion “to per­form the func­tions and du­ties of the va­cant of­fice tem­po­rar­ily in an act­ing ca­pac­ity.”

In other words, Ses­sions had to re­sign so Trump could by­pass Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein. Larry Men­nemeier

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