Why a special prosecutor is such bad news for Trump

Mueller won't answer to the president, and that's good for everyone

Donald Trump waits at the White House
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Consuming the news this week has been an exhausting ordeal. Every moment of the past seven days has been spent in irresolvable tension: I should put my phone away because looking at the internet this much will alienate my family and drive me insane, but I can't put my phone away because I might miss the latest gobsmacking developments in the accelerating disintegration of the Trump White House.

This firehose-to-the-lips torrent of news kept right on gushing yesterday with word that the Justice Department had selected a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to take over the department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whatever ties exist between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Mueller was selected by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (serving as acting attorney general because of Jeff Sessions' recusal from the matter), who was under pressure to outsource management of the investigation following President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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