Republicans' transparently preposterous new pretext to fire Mueller

Don't believe Sean Hannity carping about "bias"

The FBI probe into Trump.
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One of the more alarming outbursts of authoritarianism from American conservatives has boiled up over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between President Trump and Russia. It came out that FBI lawyer Lisa Page and agent Peter Strozk (who were having an affair) had exchanged anti-Trump texts, leading to an extremely predictable frenzy of denunciation and calls for a partisan purge of the FBI. The supposed justification is that the FBI is full of Trump-hating liberals, who aren't giving the president a fair shake.

Over the weekend, lawyers for Trump criticized Mueller's team for the way it obtained emails that were sent between Trump transition officials. Despite Trump's claim that he is not planning to fire Mueller, the outrage on behalf of Trump allies is, very obviously, a pretext to shut down the investigation. But it's worth digging into the bankrupt norm of objectivity that Republicans are attempting to leverage to shut down an investigation into Trump's possible collaboration with a hostile foreign power to win the election.

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