After reading in the Wall Street Journal that special prosecutor Robert Mueller has assembled “an elite team of lawyers with expertise in national security, public corruption and financial crimes, suggesting he is taking a broad view of his mandate to probe Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election,” I decided to ask the one man who knows better than any what the implications of such an investigation might be. I asked the founding director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, Roger Pilon for his thoughts on Mueller and the team being assembled. Roger is an admired and long-time friend of Debbie and mine and is also the author of the Preface to the fantastic Cato Constitution, where he ties together and explains the principles underlying The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
Here’s my brief exchange with Roger:
RCY: Roger, in one sentence, what are your thoughts on the efforts of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the team he has assembled, and the potential direction this investigation could take?
RP: To date, there has been no credible allegation of a crime that led to the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, yet like previous special prosecutors with virtually no limits on their power, Mueller has assembled a large staff, and most of his lawyers are on record as having contributed substantially to Democratic Party candidates, all of which plays into President Trump’s contention that a partisan witch hunt may be unfolding before us—we shall see, as the investigation continues.