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Trump’s New Attorney General Is Close With Robert Mueller: We’re Good Friends And Will Be Closer When This Is Over

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President Donald Trump seems to have a talent for making truly appalling decisions. Throughout his Presidential campaign and his time in the White House (and indeed before that, when during his business period of his life he declared bankruptcy more than six times) he just appears to have a certain knack for always doing the worst possible thing in any given situation and consistently making the most difficulty imaginable for himself and all those around him.

That is exactly what has happened with the position of Attorney General in his Cabinet. The position of Attorney General is a hugely important one in the world of American politics, because as well as overseeing the Department of Justice and being responsible for large areas of policy to do with criminal law and justice, the Attorney General has the prerogative over any ongoing Special Counsel investigations.

Clearly, with President Trump, this is extremely important because his entire presidential term to date has been massively overshadowed by the ongoing probe being carried out by the former FBI Director Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election and Russian state actors, as well as alleged subsequent obstruction of justice. So who the Attorney General is matters a huge amount.

Everyone could see that Trump had been waiting to fire former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a very long time, and his glee when he could finally do it in the immediate aftermarth of the midterm elections in November of last year was barely concealed. Then he passed over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who has expressed solidarity with the Mueller investigation) to promote former Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker to the position of Acting Attorney General, despite his extremely questionable past record.

Now, though, he has nominated one William Barr to take up the role on a permanent basis, and Barr is currently making his way through the usual nomination procedures and confirmation hearings. Except that something came up at a recent Barr hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee which Trump cannot have been aware of previously and must have sent a shiver down his spine: Barr is very good friends with Robert Mueller.

That’s right. The man basically appointed by Trump to make Mueller go away is actually old friends with him and unlikely to do anything of the sort. He was quite open about it in his Senate hearing: “I told him how well I knew Bob Mueller and that the Barrs and Muellers were good friends and would be good friends when this was all over,” he said. “Bob is a straight-shooter and should be dealt with as such.”

It’s hard to imagine that backfiring any more spectacularly for Trump. It does mean, thankfully, that the Mueller probe is probably safe. For now, at least.


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