Special Counsel Robert Mueller meets with Senate to plot Trump-Russia investigation course
If Donald Trump thought he could intimidate Special Counsel Robert Mueller by floating the idea that he might try to fire him, it doesn’t appear to have had any impact on Mueller’s aggressiveness when it comes to the Trump-Russia investigation. In fact Mueller met today with the Senate Intelligence Committee in order to plot things out.
Robert Mueller met with Senate Intel Committee chair Richard Burr and ranking member Mark Warner today, according to a CNN report (link). Mueller’s Special Counsel office and Senate Intel are each running parallel investigations into the Trump-Russia scandal, with the Senate probe playing out largely in public, as evidenced by ongoing hearings, and the Special Counsel probe thus far playing out largely behind closed doors.
One of the biggest keys to success on both ends may be ensuring that the two overlapping investigations don’t hamper each other’s efforts, and the primary focus of the meetings appears to have been plotting out that course. There are also ways in which the two investigative entities can work in tandem. For instance, the admissions Jeff Sessions made yesterday before the Senate committee could well end up landing him in front of a Special Counsel grand jury (link).
But the biggest upshot may be that Special Counsel Robert Mueller clearly isn’t backing down in his efforts, no matter how Donald Trump might try to intimidate him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report