The strong criticism of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation by Republican pundits and politicians is unwarranted, as his probe is entirely lawful, assert Steven Lubet and Andrew Koppelman of the American Prospect. Some have claimed that Mueller’s investigation is unconstitutional because he wasn’t appointed by the president. This is incorrect, as Mueller is not a US attorney. He knows the limits of his role, which he showed when referring the Cohen investigation to the Southern District of New York. By all precedents, Mueller is acting correctly. The Republican effort to undermine his work is an attempt to defend President Trump from what Mueller may discover.
Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General of the Justice Department, gave Robert Mueller too much leeway in his investigation, going against the US Constitution, believes Margot Cleveland of The Federalist. Particularly concerning Paul Manafort, Mueller was able to file charges that had nothing to do with the Russia investigation. The special counsel is acting like a special officer, a role for which he would have needed to be appointed by the president. He has jurisdiction across the country as well as the power to indict foreign citizens and companies. Rod Rosenstein should reign him in and ensure that Mueller sticks to the law in his investigation.