Robert S. Mueller, III, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is known for the judicious, meticulous way in which he comports himself and conducts his professional practice. By all accounts he is slow and deliberate in his work, and above all thorough. When Mueller is in charge, no stone is left unturned.
This time, though, I’m begging you, Bobby! Please leave just one little rock where you found it!
Far be it from me to question your methods, which clearly are formidable. Few Washington players have reputations as unblemished as yours. But, could be this investigation is different. Could be this investigation is time-sensitive in a way that others were not. Could be this investigation has national and even international implications that others did not. Could be this investigation demands you be just a tad less exhaustive and a tad more efficient.
Publicly the president insists he’s not going to fire you. Asked about this just two days ago, Trump replied, “No, I’m not dismissing anybody. I mean, I want them to get on with the task.” But, we know that statements like these are in stark contrast to what Trump has said privately. Privately he has suggested that if he could he would fire you in a New York minute (my phrase), because he worries your investigation will undermine him.
Even more troublesome is the apparent connection between your investigation and Trump’s tendency to go off half-cocked to distract us from what otherwise would dominate the news – anything that connects Trump to anything Russian. Impossible for me to say with certainty if, for example, his out-of-nowhere ban on transgenders in the military is connected to your investigation. Equally impossible for me to say with certainty if his out-of-nowhere escalation to the point of nuclear showdown is similarly related. But the timing is suspicious. And the president’s past patterns suggest that diversion from your investigation is likely his motivation for more than one curious, dangerous, outburst.
Bottom line Bobby, is this. The fate of the world is in your hands. So, the sooner your work gets done, the better.