A new report suggests the Mueller probe is not only investigating Russian collusion during the run-up to the 2016 election, but is focusing instead on proving President Trump obstructed justice while in office by firing FBI Director James Comey.
Mike Allen reports for Axios:
Axios has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller has focused on events since the election — not during the campaign — in his conversations with President Trump’s lawyers. The top two topics that Mueller has expressed interest in so far: the firings of FBI director James Comey and national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Why it matters: That suggests a focus on obstruction of justice while in office, rather than collusion with Russia during the campaign. But both sagas are interwoven with Russia: Trump himself has linked Comey’s firing to Russia, and Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition.
The point of the Mueller probe was to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump-campaign collusion with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton. Axios frames Mueller’s questions about Comey’s firing and Gen. Flynn as a recent shift in focus. But some have suspected this was Mueller’s intention from the beginning of the investigation.
LevinTV host Mark Levin has long argued that the Mueller probe is not investigating Russian collusion but is instead trying to build a case to impeach the president. With his experience as a former chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese, Levin surmised that the Mueller probe is looking to show “obstruction of justice” so that the Democrats in Congress can use Mueller’s findings as a basis to impeach the president should they regain control of Congress in 2018.
Levin has repeatedly addressed the absurdity of charging President Trump with obstructing justice. If that is the direction the Mueller probe is now headed, instead of investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, then it is time to take a serious look at ending the special counsel investigation, which has gone off the rails.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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