Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, and Archibald Cox


If Archibald Cox were alive to celebrate his birthday last year, I’m sure he would have appreciated his cosmic birthday present. On May 17, 2017, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was assigned to investigate whether or not Donald J. Trump conspired with the enemy to rig the 2016 Presidential election.

For those of you wondering who Archibald Cox was, not only has he been said to have been one of the most cited legal scholars of the 20th century, the day before his 61st birthday in 1973, Archbald Cox was assigned as the Special Prosecutor to investigate Richard Nixon and “all offenses arising out of the 1972 election … involving the president, the White House staff or presidential appointments.”


Forty-five years later, within 24 hours of the same date, Robert Mueller was given his mandate to investigate the 45th “President” of the United States and all offenses arising out of the 2016 election. It’s been said that “history has an echo to it,” which is somewhat ironic considering the echo of this mess seems to be such that Archibald Cox woke up the day that he was assigned to investigate Richard Nixon with permanent hearing loss in his right ear.

As “Stormy” as this past year has been, we can all celebrate Archibald’s birthday and the one year anniversary of the Mueller investigation and rejoice in the fact that within one year, we’ve seen the long arm of the law reach out and grab Trump by the proverbial short hairs enough to make him feel violated. While Robert Mueller and his team have a flashlight shoved so far up Trump’s assets, that I’m sure Donnie would prefer a colonoscopy at this point. Nationwide, women are speaking out against sexual predators, an unprecedented number of Republican’s are refusing to run for reelection and the NRA is under investigation and the gifts keep coming! Happy Birthday, Archibald!

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