George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley is often a voice of reason in a sea of media hysteria. Last night he spoke with Martha MacCallum of FOX News about the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel in the FBI Russia investigation.
Turley suggested this could work out well for Trump.
From the FOX News Insider:
Prof. Turley: Special Counsel Mueller ‘Healthy Dose of Tylenol’ For US
Turley said that until Muller was named, President Trump could not fully clear his name in the face of ongoing leaks and allegations.
The appointment of a special counsel was “almost inevitable when the Comey memo hit,” Turley said.
Mueller, who served under President George W. Bush, was named special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“This may be the price of [White House] hubris,” he said. “The deputy attorney general gave the country a healthy dose of Tylenol.”
Turley said he didn’t think a special counsel was needed in the case until Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Here’s the video:
John Podhoretz of the New York Post made a similar point on Twitter:
This is good for Trump in short term. Mueller won’t leak. Investigation will go silent. Will take a few years.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 17, 2017
Professor Turley is also skeptical about the Comey memo. He wrote recently at The Hill:
The Comey memo offers no proof for impeachment of Trump
With the scandal du jour of the Comey memo, President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia looks less like a diplomatic flight as fleeing the jurisdiction. For the first time, the Comey memo pushes the litany of controversies surrounding Trump into the scope of the United States criminal code.
However, if this is food for obstruction of justice, it is still an awfully thin soup. Some commentators seem to be alleging criminal conduct in office or calling for impeachment before Trump completed the words of his inaugural oath of office. Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report, the response was a chorus of breathless “gotcha” announcements. But this memo is neither the Pentagon Papers nor the Watergate tapes. Indeed, it raises as many questions for Comey as it does Trump in terms of the alleged underlying conduct.
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