The Special Counsel that America needs

“If President Trump thought that by sacking the F.B.I. director, James Comey, he could kill off the investigation into his associates’ ties to the Russian government and its attempt to deliver him the White House, he was wrong,” the New York Times writes in an editorial.

“The investigation will go on, now under the leadership of a former F.B.I. director — and this one the president can’t fire on his own. Robert Mueller III, who was named special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation, is charged with revealing the truth about suspicions that reach into the highest levels of the Trump campaign and White House.

“Given the ‘unique circumstances’ of the case, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in making the appointment, a special counsel ‘is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome’ of the investigation.

“Mr. Rosenstein is absolutely right, and he has done the nation a service in choosing Mr. Mueller, one of the few people with the experience, stature and reputation to see the job through. Mr. Mueller led the F.B.I. for 12 years under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In 2004, he and Mr. Comey, then deputy attorney general, threatened to resign if President Bush allowed a domestic-surveillance program to continue without Justice Department approval.

“Mr. Trump could still interfere by ordering Mr. Rosenstein to fire Mr. Mueller. The last president to order the firing of a special prosecutor investigating his associates was, of course, Richard Nixon.”

The resto of the article is HERE.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

20 thoughts on “The Special Counsel that America needs”

  1. My sources, proven right long before MSM get it days, weeks and months B4. Trump is said to have provided the entire contents, A SET UP, of all data on Comey’s computer to Russians on thumb drive (?). One reason DOJ MOVED FROM SP NOT NEEDED TO THE ANNOUNCED TODAY. Take it for what it is worth.

  2. We need a Special Council to prevent Trump from taking his first overseas trip on Friday. Starting with Saudi Arabia then Israel, and ending with the Pope (you know the guy Trump called “disgraceful” during the campaign). Foreign relations will be set back 1000 years.

      1. John, do you really believe God fought with a dragon?
        This is not a frivolous question, because to my science loving mind the Bible is just loaded with whoppers, unless they are metaphors.
        It’s like they way that some people think Native Americans worshipped animals.
        That’s just silly.
        Every Native person knows, for instance, that Coyote is simply a metaphor for chaos and the unpredictability of life.
        So, do you believe God is a giant male living somewhere in the universe or do modern day Christians more closely regard the Native American belief that Creator is formless, genderless, yet within each us and within our lands, as a force for both good and the possibility of evil?

      2. Judith the one ‘whopper’ that is pretty important for each and every one of us to consider is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

      3. You always do this John. You tun this into the Sierra Foothills Theological Report. Have you no self awareness or shame. You guys are all the same.

      4. As I taught my children…when you can “see” someone’s religion or spirituality, when they wear it on their sleeves, when they proselytize , you can be sure they are “full of it”. They are no different then politicians. They seek power over others by their authority to be a middle man between one’s self and their spirituality. It’s power hungry BS, and most of the weak minded masses buy into it whole heatedly. Marx was right. Organized religion is the opiate of the masses.

      5. Bruce, sorry if Biblical references offend you, but they used to be a sign of culture and education. William Shakespeare used some 2,000 quotations in his plays with thousands more indirect references.

      6. John,
        Please don’t sidestep my question.
        How literally do you take Bible stories?
        I am trying to understand your faith.
        I would also appreciate some respect for the Ingenous faiths of these lands, not Israel, or Rome or Iraq.
        The Native American faith sprang from these lands and no other, before the life of Christ, or the Buddha or the great pyramids of Giza.
        It’s probably something other religions don’t think about.
        So, why don’t you try to think about it?
        I am genuinely interested in an honest response to my question about your theological comment, which you inserted into a conversation about the FBI.

    1. You could not write a book/screenplay as screwed up as TRUMP & Co are. Could screw up a one car funeral procession, so put your seat 💺 belt on extra tight, if Trump actually goes wheels up, we are just screwed even more.

      My sources for the good stuff days/weeks/months before it hits MSM indicate Courthouses dockets have been cleared and HUNDREDS of Marshals are going to start THIER new duty. Entire streets may be blocked off is a tidbit I rather enjoy.

      As they say, STAY TUNED. IT AIN’t even really started yet.

      Our NEW National Nightmare is going to end.

  3. Todd Juvinal is defending Trump by arguing that Obama still isn’t an American citizen. This sets a solid baseline for his grasp of reality.

    1. You miss the humor as usual. And I said his brother says it, not me. But you are a fake news person.

  4. John Stoos, do you ascribe to biblical metaphor or not? Simple question you have never answered. Are you a fundamentalist who actually, truly, believes in every word written in the bible about Noah’s Ark, people turned into pillars of salt, etc., or are these metaphors? If you are not a fundamentalist who believes everything exactly as written in your book, where does metaphor begin and end? As always, I’m not holding my breath waiting for anything but an obfuscated, sideways answer from a man who preaches gospil but won’t let on to what he actually believes.

    1. Jon, I am not a fundamentalist, but rather hold to the reformed tradition of Christendom. So yes, I do think that God was speaking truth when He revealed the history of Noah and Sodom. If I don’t believe that part, then why should I believe what He said about Jesus and His resurrection?

      Here is the passage that led me to the Lord many long years ago:
      Acts 17: “22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:


      Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood[c] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.””

  5. Judith, I think my response to Jon answers some of your question and when it come to the early Native Indians, or any other people group around the world, I believe that the Apostle Paul addresses them in Romans chapter one: There we learn that everyone has to live in God’s Creation and has the conscience He place within them to testify to the truth of His existence.

  6. I see John, the Bible has a kind of total coverage clause, neat.

    Ancient Native American prophecy foretold the coming of a barbaric race of hairy white skinned creatures (In Pit-River they were called “Wini-ladoway”), who would come to bind the earth in a long black ribbon and by doing so destroy all life.
    Could those prophets have envisioned our modern highways?

    All the different theologies, the world over and down through history, reveal so much about the subconscious human psyche.
    It’s touching and it should make us all more compassionate with one another.
    That means respecting religious differences.
    Life on earth is tough and everybody is afraid of the big dark, so as long as we aren’t hurting anyone else, we should be able to find comfort in any way that we can.

  7. Thank you for your first paragraph. It was fine. You are a fundamentalist. The rest . . . ?????

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