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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A couple of things that might be done [about the FBI raid on Trump Attorney Michael Cohen]
The following article appeared in
Powerline on April 10th
In a pair
Scott [Johnson] asks “What is to be done?” now that Robert Mueller has caused
the office, home and hotel room of Michael Cohen to be raided. Scott lays out
several options and notes some of their shortcomings.
Last night, in my first take on the
considered one option, firing Mueller. I felt I needed more information
before advocating this “nuclear” option. I still do.
Of the other moves Scott describes,
two strike me as worthy of strong consideration: pardon Michael Cohen and fire
If Michael Cohen’s only “crime” is
paying Stormy Daniels, then two things appear to be true. First, the raid is
the result of Mueller going well beyond the proper scope of his assignment.
Second, the “crime” is not one that would be prosecuted absent an ulterior
These facts would justify a pardon,
in my view.
It’s unusual, though, to pardon
someone who has not yet been criminally charged. Doing so might make it appear
that Cohen actually committed a crime and that Trump is moving to save himself.
Thus, if Trump is inclined to pardon Cohen, he needs to think carefully about
the timing. The advantages of a prompt pardon are: (1) it would relieve Cohen
of considerable pressure and (2) it would send a signal to Mueller that his
hyper-aggressive tactics can backfire.
Mueller and Rosenstein
As for Rosenstein, Scott is right to
say that firing him might not solve the Mueller problem. But in my opinion,
Rosenstein deserves to be fired for appointing a special counsel. Such an appointment
is always an invitation to destroy. In this case, it was an invitation to
destroy the Trump presidency.
The invitation was quite unnecessary.
The Justice Department was quite capable of handling a Russia collusion
investigation. Rosenstein simply didn’t want the trouble. He took the path of
least resistance from his narrow perspective. It appears that, in overseeing
Mueller, he continues to do so — another reason to fire him.
Firing Rosenstein might carry a
political cost. But as long as it’s just Rosenstein, the firing would not have
a Saturday Night Massacre quality, and any cost would likely be small. This is
a move Trump should strongly consider making.