Attacks on Mueller probe: A conspiracy to destroy democracy
Left column, from top to bottom: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Michael Flynn, and Fox News host Sean Hannity. | AP and Fox. Center column: Trump and Robert Mueller. | AP

Each day now seems to bring a fresh attack by the right-wing news media and Republican lawmakers on special counsel Robert Mueller and, with him, every single American institution—including the press and the FBI—having to do with the investigation of the crimes committed by Donald Trump.

The FBI, once championed by the right, is now castigated as a “secret police, KGB-style” outfit. Mueller and all his investigators are characterized as “Trump haters.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, calls for investigations of the investigators.

The “reasonable” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the time is past due time for appointment of a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails! (Never mind that past FBI probes of those emails resulted in findings of no criminal wrongdoing.)

Fox’s Sean Hannity demands nightly the “shutdown” of the Mueller investigation.

Judge Jean Pirro, the Fox TV star who violates conflict of interest norms because of her role as a Trump adviser, calls nightly for the firing of Mueller.

Right-wing pundits describe the Mueller investigation as an “assault on the presidency and an attack on the American people who elected this president.”

Conveniently, none of these attackers say a word about the fact that Mueller has already filed charges against four top Trump associates, two of whom have pleaded guilty to crimes. On Fox every night for two weeks now, there has been not a single mention of these charges. Instead, Hannity tells his audience that the Mueller probe is nothing less than “a direct threat to you, the American people.”

As aptly put by Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead California Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee which is investigating the matter, there is an effort underway by the right wing “to tear at the very idea that there is such a thing as objective truth.”

Of course, Trump and his inner circle do have a lot to worry about, but it is not the “fake media” or Robert Mueller that should cause them worry, but rather their own (mis-)deeds.

Michael Flynn had to give Mueller a lot of dirt in order to get off with just a charge of lying to the FBI.

It is almost certain that Flynn has already told Mueller that his instructions to lie to the FBI came from Trump himself.

In short, Mueller probably already has the evidence he needs to charge Trump with impeachable offenses. It is simply now a matter of collecting more evidence to corroborate testimony he already has. It is even possible that Mueller already has plenty of documentary evidence to back up the testimony he’s gotten from Flynn—which would explain why Trump’s acolytes in the media are so gung-ho about removing Mueller as quickly as possible.

But the sleaze and potential crime go way beyond the collusion and conspiracy around the Russiagate case. The wheeling and dealing with gangsters and money laundering by Trump, his family, and closest associates open up countless other avenues for investigators.

Witness the October assassination in her native Malta of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a reporter with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the outfit that brought the world the “Panama Papers.” From those documents, it has been revealed that Ivanka Trump got help for her father’s Panama hotel by employing international gangsters tied to Russian money launderers.

Caruana Galizia’s killing with a car bomb is being described as a classic mob-style hit job. Already, ten who were implicated in her assassination have been arrested on the island of Malta, a country whose government has its own deep connections to international gangster elements. These shady elements are just the type that the Trump family has cavorted with for years.

Mueller must be allowed to finish his probe. Discovery of the whole truth is the surest path to saving our democracy. As painful as the process might be, the Trump alternative—disparaging and destroying all the institutions that protect democracy in America—is a horror too great to even contemplate.


John Wojcik
John Wojcik

John Wojcik is Editor-in-Chief of People's World. He joined the staff as Labor Editor in May 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There, he served as a shop steward and a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee. In the 1970s and '80s, he was a political action reporter for the Daily World, this newspaper's predecessor, and was active in electoral politics in Brooklyn, New York.