Given President Trump's alleged request of ex-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into his former associate's ties to the Russian government during his campaign, it is necessary that a special counsel, headed by someone Trump can't fire on his own, now continue with the Trump-Russia investigation, asserts the New York Times editorial board. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's appointment of Robert Mueller III is the right move, says the editorial board, as his experience, reputation and stature will not only see the job through but will give Americans confidence in the outcome. Mueller led the FBI for 12 years under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller will have significant leeway, including to pursue criminal prosecutions, if necessary, although Rosenstein will maintain the power to overrule him. This is one investigation that needs to continue, claims the editorial board, and now it can credibly.
While the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Meuller III as Special Counsel to head the investigation of possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government is understandable, it is unnecessary and unfair, argues Joel B. Pollack of Breitbart. He claims that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, virtually a consensus appointment, was perfectly capable of supervising the investigation fairly, credibly and impartially. However, the larger argument against having a Special Counsel, says Pollack, is that when viewed in a historical context, it is a blatantly unfair and indefensible double standard. Naming a number of number of scandals that the Obama administration faced, many of which involved apparent violations of federal law, Pollack asserts that it is unfair how, for eight years, Obama didn't have any serious investigations by the Department of Justice. He argues that Trump is being held to a higher standard.