- septuagenarians (Mueller is almost two years older)
- from wealthy New York families
- attended Ivy League schools
- directed the FBI for twelve years
- is America's straightest arrow
- disdains self promotion
- avoids the press
- married his sweetheart from high school
- is a decorated Vietnam marine
- counts patience, humility and honesty as the virtues he lives by
- says "you're only as good as your word"
- is a registered Republican--the Donald is only remotely so
- destroyed the New York mafia
- brought down Richard Nixon
- tackled Enron
- shows strong expertise in money laundering, foreign bribery and witness-flipping
- could add up to 100 attorneys/investors this year, about equivalent to the Watergate congressional committee and 9/11 commission
Inciting supporters to equate a criminal investigation (and potential prosecution) with a usurpation of their democratic choice is the most chilling yet. What Trump decries as a witch hunt is an authorized investigation being conducted pursuant to Justice Department rules, by an experienced prosecutor, selected for this job by another experienced prosecutor, who was nominated by Trump himself. That Trump and his allies are scheming to undermine Mueller’s legitimacy underscores that their sole goal is retaining power, the law be damned.
Thomas Friedman of The New York Times articulated to Democrats:
But to be heard, they need candidates who can pass a gut check with the more moderate Trump/G.O.P. voters. Just 10 percent of Trump voters would suffice. Trump’s core base is solid, but he’s clearly losing the soft support around his core. Democrats can grow into the soft support — as long as they’re smart and Trump continues to just swell.
Said O'Dowd, so while Trump is a flamboyant flimflam man, Mueller is a buttoned-down buttoned-up boy scout. If things get seriously bad, realistically, the President can still actually fire Mueller. Those two pieces of legislation introduced in Congress are not enough to prevent this from happening. While this intrigue will continue, the parallel matter of who will prevail in the 3 November 2020 election will be my subject tomorrow.
Oh, how swiftly I act, for here is my glassware set at a stew breakfast this morning: