Tim Weiner wrote a Washinton Post column on Wednesday detailing what he believes will be special counsel Robert Mueller’s plans once he has concluded his investigation.
Weiner, who interviewed Mueller at an international conference in Mexico City just after Donald Trump’s election, said that the special counsel will reign hell on Trump if all evidence points the finger at the president.
“Mueller was dressed, as always, as if it were 1956, Eisenhower in the White House, Sinatra on the radio. He was relaxed, courtly, charming,” Weiner said.
The content of the conference speech was off the record, Weiner writes, but his conversation with Mueller after they left the stage was not.
“Given that he has been dead quiet since May 17, 2017, when he became the special counsel, and that he probably won’t be scheduling a news conference anytime soon, I thought this might be the moment for that recollection,” he writes.
“No, that’s not a big part of his reputation. Yes, he ran zealous counterterrorism operations after 9/11, some of them overzealous. But underneath that badge, I thought I detected a part of his heart that bleeds,” Weiner adds. “He wanted his time at the FBI to be judged not only on work to disrupt and deter terrorism, but on protecting the rights of everyone, including enemies of the state.”
Weiner went on to say that Mueller will be fair with Trump but he would hold back if evidence proves Trump is guilty of conspiring with the Russian government for his benefit of becoming president.
“We may want Mueller to be a lock-’em-up law man, not a civil rights advocate. I think he has the temperament to hold these two opposite ideas at once, and to reconcile them. That is justice in his eyes,” he writes. “He’ll throw the book at Trump if the evidence demands it, but that book is going to contain the Constitution, not just the criminal code.”
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