Veteran political operative and radio host Roger Stone came out in support of the decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel to investigation purported connections between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the election.
Stone greeted the development in a video at InfoWar, the media outlet captained by Alex Jones. Stone said in the video that Mueller’s appointment was a “masterstroke.” He said, “For once and for all, we can clear the air as to whether the Russians interceded in the last election to help Donald Trump.” Moreover, Stone said that the appointment is proof that Trump has no fear of the investigation and that the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey had “nothing to do” with it. Stone said he looks forward to “clearing the air of this politically-motivated charge of Russian collusion, which is without fact or evidence."
Rosenstein said of the move to appoint Mueller, “I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.” In his statement, Rosenstein said, “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination.”
Some Congressional Democrats are openly advocating that impeachment proceedings be brought against Trump because of the supposed revelations of his dealings with Russia. Regarding Democrats’ calls for impeachment, now coupled with Mueller’s appointment, Fox News host Tucker Carlson spoke to repeated demands by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for Trump’s impeachment. Noting that an investigation by a special counsel will serve to extend the timeline for any Congressional investigation, Carlson said, "somebody had better tell Maxine Waters that her [impeachment] dream has just died."
Carlson said that because Mueller is a Vietnam vet and Bronze Star recipient, Mueller is "an adult" with nothing to prove. He said that not likely to manufacture a crime if he does not find Trump committed one. After Democrats called for a special counsel for months, while "their farm team" in the media bolstered their claims, they finally got their wish.
As to Democrats who have called Trump a fascist, Carlson said that "Mussolini would never have appointed a special counsel." An example of media double-standard may be seen in how the Washington Post covered leaks and exposure of classified information during the Obama administration. For example, a Washington Post read on May 25h, 2014, “White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan.” In that case, the Obama administration put the name of a CIA officer on a press release, thereby exposing him and endangering his life. The second headline, June 30, 2016, “U.S. Offers to share Syrian intelligence on terrorist with Russia,” or in other words, Barack Obama shared classified intelligence with the Russians.
James Comey succeeded Mueller at the helm of the FBI in 2013.
Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.