Republicans Worried Special Prosecutor Could Screw Them in 2018
The Republican Party is worried. Not about the direction of the country. Not about healthcare or jobs. They are worried about their election prospects in 2018.
The GOP is worried that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election now reported to have reached into President Donald Trump’s White House, could become a political nuclear bomb on the party in 2018 or 2020.
Even though they initially greeted the appointment of special counsel Mueller with enthusiasm, believing it will free them and the voters to focus on their legislative agenda, the Republicans in Congress now say the timing could work against them.
“There are all kinds of unintended consequences that could occur here, some of them of which are related to timing, some of them of which are related to serendipity,” Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., told the Washington Examiner this week. “There is always a danger that it will go off the rails.”
They said they remember how past special counsel investigations have ended up snaring individuals not assumed to be the main targets or uncovering other wrongdoings not in the original scope.
But their biggest worry is the issue of timing.
“The Whitewater probe of Bill and Hillary Clinton lasted four years while Scooter Libby, an aide to Vice President Dick Chenney was the only official prosecuted in the special counsel investigation aimed at uncovering who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. That is why I am worried. This thing can go off the rails easily,” a Republican strategist who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, said this weekend.
“The concern of people like us, is that this investigation will drag on and pop on us in October of 2018, and totally screw us,” said the Republican strategist.
Representative Michael Kelly (R-Pa) is also worried but his concern is centered around the time it might take special counsel Robert Mueller to conclude his investigation and present his findings. He said the investigation could drag on indefinitely.
“I just don’t like the idea that this could be strung out, strung out, strung out, strung out. I think it becomes a really big distraction,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., a key Trump ally on Capitol Hill said this week.
Meanwhile Senator John Cornyn of Texas is worried about all the Senate and House Committees investigating the Trump administration.
“We’ve got multiple committees and subcommittees trying to get a piece of this investigation,” Senator John Cornyn said.
“I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people wanting to talk about what the president just said, or some rabbit trail, but we’ve got to stay focused,” Senator Cornyn said.
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