Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going full steam ahead in his investigation into Donald Trump, and he’s bringing the Senate on board with him. Mueller met with the heads of multiple congressional committees today that are also investigating Trump for various improprieties, in order to make sure they’re all on the same page. The verdict: “Everything’s on the table.”
That’s the word from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican who of late has become increasingly cooperative with the efforts of his Democratic counterpart Dianne Feinstein. On his way into their meeting with Robert Mueller today, Grassley was asked by CNN reporter Manu Raju if he plans to allow his committee to investigate Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, as Feinstein has formally requested.
Grassley’s response to CNN was “I think that everything is on the table” when it comes to investigating Trump’s actions (link). Grassley was asked the same question about investigating Trump for obstruction of justice by Politico, and his response was “I don’t know how you can avoid it” (link).
It’s worth pointing out that Chuck Grassley, having just been elected to another six year Senate term at age eighty-three, will probably never run for reelection again. This puts him in a position of not having to worry about the whim of his party’s base at any given moment, and may explain why he appears to be trying to do the right thing when it comes to investigating Donald Trump’s improprieties.
But Grassley’s willingness to cooperate can also be taken as a sign that the most serious of Republicans in Congress have figured out that the investigation into Donald Trump has become such a weighty and inevitable matter that there would be little point in trying to stand on the wrong side of it for partisan reasons.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report