By: Pasha Saidi
President Donald Trump has always had a closer relationship with Russia than previous presidents. Even though he may claim that “nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have,” the fact remains that he has time after time reiterated that “I think I could have a very good relationship with Russia and President Putin,” implying that he desires to remain in close contact with the Russian Federation. Unfortunately, that relationship is not just a geopolitical partnership, but rather, a series of allegations that Russia had meddled into the 2016 election in support of Trump. The man investigating this injustice is none other than former FBI director turned Special Counsel, Robert Mueller III.
Robert Swan Mueller III has had a history with law spanning nearly his entire life, giving him the tremendous experience necessary to take on the task of being Special Counsel of the Russia Investigation. Mueller went to Princeton University for a bachelor’s in politics and NYU for his major in International Relations. After school, he became a distinguished Marine while fighting in Vietnam.Following his brief stint in the military, he entered the field of law. His first major legal role was being an assistant U.S. attorney for California’s Northern District in 1976. For the next 20 years, he took high level positions in the District of Massachusetts and even the federal Department of Justice successfully taking care of well-known cases such as the Lockerbie plane bombing. Then, in 2001 he became the director of the FBI until 2013, working to help America through the grueling post-911 era. Ever since he left the FBI in 2013, he came back into the legal limelight when he took on the role of Special Counsel of the Russia Investigation (the investigation into whether or not Russia meddled in our 2016 election to support Trump) in 2017. Through all his immense experience in key positions throughout the legal sector, Mueller is the right man to take on the ambitious responsibility of being in charge of the Russia Investigation.
Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel in May of 2017 and has been making significant progress with the Russia Investigation ever since. Mueller’s masterful investigation has led to Trump aides like George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn pleading guilty or others close aides like Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Michael Cohen being investigated. In addition, his investigation has picked up important pleas from Trump’s own people himself. Papadopoulos admitted Trump’s campaign worked with a Russian lawyer to find damaging information on Hillary Clinton and Michael Flynn admitted that he lied about not meeting with a Russian ambassador named Sergey Kislyak twice to settle a UN vote on Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory and Obama’s sanctions on Russia for their meddling in the election. Besides convicting members of Trump’s own team, Mueller has even managed to get right at Russia by indicting 13 Russians part of a “troll farm” called the “Internet Research Agency” meant to drum up pro-Trump propaganda.
Consequently, Mueller has been making significant progress with his investigation and could be knocking on Trump’s doorstep quite soon, seeing the pace he is going at right now. However, even with all the progress being made, Republicans and Trump unite in an attempt to slow down Mueller’s campaign and even get rid of him. It is simply unacceptable that Trump has tried to fire Mueller since day one, solely due to the fact that Mueller has been innocently trying to do his job. It is simply unacceptable that Congressional Republicans tried to completely discredit the Russia Investigation by releasing the Nunes Memo. Why do Democrats have to release a counter memo and sue Trump in order to protect a man who is doing his job (and doing it well) from being fired or at the least having his work discredited at every turn?
Mueller cannot be prevented from undergoing his duties as Special Council primarily because he is investigating a serious crime. His investigation decides whether or not our President gained his title by cheating. If President Trump truly had an unfair advantage in the 2016 election because of collaboration with the Russian government and high level Russian citizens, the American public has a right to know. President Trump, even if there is too much evidence stacked against you to feel confident the investigation will go your way, do not by any means try to tear down a fair, democratic process: the investigation into a possible crime.
However, the most important reason why Mueller’s investigation must go on is because he is simply investigating a fundamental threat to our democracy. The American democracy establishes our elections as free and open. Alas, with Russians having propped up one candidate with unfair troll farms and information leaks on the other major candidate (Hillary Clinton), our so called “free” election became biased and corrupt. Mueller’s investigation will deal justice to a White House that violated our fundamental liberties by allowing a foreign power to get involved in our elections, so there is no absolutely no reason that Bob should give in to Republican demands, or even face these demands in the first place.
All in all, Mr. Mueller, you are making incredible progress with an investigation crucial to the American Democracy. Even with so many Republicans and the Trump White House lashing out at you, making life hard for you, and even trying to fire you, I have but one thing to say to you: In the words of everyone’s favorite blue tang fish Dory, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, Mueller.