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Reich writes: "While Trump rails against the Mueller investigation on Twitter, his enablers in Congress are adding fuel to the fire by calling for Rosenstein's impeachment."

Robert Reich. (photo: Getty)
Robert Reich. (photo: Getty)

With the Attempt at Impeaching Rosenstein, We're Witnessing a Coordinated Attack on the Mueller Investigation

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

27 July 18


e are witnessing a coordinated attack on the Mueller investigation. House Republicans today introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. These ludicrous charges are clearly an attempt to force out Rosenstein, which would then allow Trump to replace him with someone who would fire Mueller.

While Trump rails against the Mueller investigation on Twitter, his enablers in Congress are adding fuel to the fire by calling for Rosenstein's impeachment. They are further dividing the country between Trump supporters who believe the investigation to be part of a conspiracy to undermine the Trump presidency, and the vast majority of Americans who want to know the truth. Nothing could be more damaging for the rule of law. What do you think? your social media marketing partner


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+43 # chrisconno 2018-07-27 09:27
How can republicans keep a straight face about thier charges of "Witch hunt taking too long" when they spent 4 years trying to get the Clintons on Whitewater and came up with nothing. 21/2 years on the idiotic Benghazi investigating what was caused by republican budget cuts and again came up with nothing. And how long and how many times have they wanted something done to Hillary for emails without any reasonable evidence. There seem to be so many republicans who are afraid of being caught up in Mueller's investigation that the republican party might collapse from stroke over it. How much more obvious can a political coup be?
+48 # Rcomm 2018-07-27 09:35
If there is no truth to the allegations and if the investigation really is a "witch hunt," then allowing it to continue will prove trump innocent.

Attempt to derail the investigation adds to the evidence of his guilt.
+18 # Jim Rocket 2018-07-27 10:39
Exactly! Trump and his crew do not act at all like innocent people. Innocent people welcome a thorough investigation because they have nothing to fear.

The downside is that there's nothing more dangerous than a cornered animal.
-21 # jtatu 2018-07-27 10:12
Prof. Reich has a severe case of Trump derangement syndrome. There was obviously nothing coordinated about this already failed attempt to impeach Rosenstein, who should be held in contempt.
+15 # Realist1948 2018-07-27 10:36
The effort to impeach Rosenstein strikes me as a desperate attempt to derail Mueller's investigation before the latest evidence, including Michael Cohen's audio recordings, reveals the full extent of Trump's misdeeds.

Fortunately for the country, the impeachment effort has little chance of success.
+16 # MidwestDick 2018-07-27 15:06
Even if President Trump is not impeached, a fair hearing of the evidence against him in a public forum will be a body blow to his administration and to the wrecking crew that has elevated him so far above his skills, talents and moral stature.
+11 # economagic 2018-07-27 10:49
Apparently not THAT coordinated: They are said to have spelled Rosenstein's name wrong in one place. Even the spell check in this box flags "Rosenstien" as a misspelling!
+4 # BetaTheta 2018-07-27 11:25
This plus the attempted hack on McCaskill shows that we are fighting on two fronts for what we fondly refer to as our "democracy:" with Republicans and with the Putin organization.

It is no coincidence that these forces are becoming more aligned in defense of oligarchy and authoritarianis m. The NRA is but one nexus, and both are targeting our election apparatus.
+12 # chapdrum 2018-07-27 11:52
It's "interesting" how we have yet to hear of any plan that would remove this fraud from office. It's also obvious to the world that this fount of bad faith is willing to start a war (with Iran) by his choice of Bolton. On and on it goes...
Even though we are in unprecedented territory, we've been in it long enough for some glint of lucidity to appear, to help save our country. Nothing so far, from either party.
+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-28 05:50
chap -- there is actually good progress on this front but the media never covers it.

Tulsi Gabbard (dem) and Walter Jones (rep) have introduced a bill in congress that would require a president to get congressional approval for war, as the constitution required. It would overturn the AUMF that give a president unilateral power to start wars. The penalty for starting a way without congressional approval would be automatic impeachment. This is the right way to go.

Presidents Will Be Impeached For Starting Wars Without Congressional Approval If This Republican Gets His Way

And there's a parallel bill to prohibit the first use of nuclear bombs. Most nations have laws banning first use. The US, Israel, UK do not have such laws.

If the media gave as much attention to these good things as they do for idiocies like Avenatti, Mueller, TRump Jr, and DNC hacking, these bills could get approved. People are sick of war and war presidents.
-16 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-27 12:56
Reich is just wrong. Congress is charged in the constitution with oversight of the executive branch. There were some very troubling activities going on in the FBI and DOJ during 2016. Congress has a responsibility to investigate them and the people associated.

Rosenstein is blocking the congressional investigation. His motives are quite clear. He is protecting his home boys in the FBI and DOJ. But in doing so, he is breaking the law.

Reich and democrats need to be careful. A statement like this is dangerous: "a conspiracy to undermine the Trump presidency, and the vast majority of Americans who want to know the truth." In fact Trump approval ratings are slowly going up while Demos are going down. This is what happened in the impeachment process of Bill Clinton. People turn against Mueller because he seems so insidious and secretive.

In a recent Gallup poll, less than 1% of people thought Russiagate was an important issue facing the US. Democrats have bet the farm (that is, the Nov election) on Russiagate and Mueller.

For 2018, it appears that left wing democrats will make significant gains. But the mainstream democrats who are obsessed with Russiagate and hate-Trump are likely to lose. I don't know if this will mean that Demos take control of the house or not. But it is clear that Reich is on the path to more Demo electoral losses. It is just bad to see this.
+11 # MidwestDick 2018-07-27 15:12
The Democratic party is not betting the farm on Russiagate. What I see is a great many energized candidates trying very hard to get a progressive message through to the people despite the MSM. The MSM is obsessed with Trump because he is the most divisive figure in American history and no-one can peel their eyes from the grotesque behavior of his loathsome persona, and that helps the MSM sell soap and anti-depressant s and thereby raise their revenues.
America, love it or grieve it!
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-28 05:59
MD -- yes, OK. Your point is more precise than mine but I have been thinking along these lines. I think true progressive/dem ocratic socialists/left wing candidates will do well in the Nov. elections. My reading is that there are 42 of these people now running. I followed the campaigning of Sanders and Occasio-Cortez in Kansas and they said they were running on ideas and policies, not on Russiagate.

But there are a total of about 470 congressional seats up for votes in Nov. 2018 (435 house and 35 senate). Most of the democrats running are still Pelosi/Clinton pseudo-progress ives. These are betting the farm on Russiagate. I don't think these candidates will do very well.

True progressives will do well, fake progressives will do poorly. I suspect this will be a small net gain for democrats but I'm really not sure or well enough informed to make a prediction.

Still, the gains for the democratic socialist leaning candidates is a good sign to me. Establishment democrats are holding on to a dying proposition. The media still loves them and always will.
+3 # Benign Observer 2018-07-29 08:01
The establishment/n eoliberal part of the party IS betting the farm on Russiagate and being not-Trump. They still say they want to appeal to moderate Republicans and they offer horrible slogans like 'A Better Deal'. They still support Nancy Pelosi and are still sabotaging progressives and smearing Sanders.

Left to the voters there would be more progressives running -- while the DCCC and DNC have instead empowered the Blue Dogs, who were on life support but have now regained strength.

MD is right that the msm has a big role in this. THEY gave Trump the GOP nomination and buried Sanders.

We need to do a deep analysis of the results of the 2018 election and truly evaluate how progressives and neoliberals perform in red and blue districts so we can make decisions for 2020. But I don't trust those in power to be open or honest about the results nor do I see the msm reporting on it without prejudice.

In order to stop Trump and empower the FDR wing I'd like to see 1) the Democrats to take over the House and/or the Senate, 2) the maximum possible number of neoliberals and Blue Dogs lose, and 3) the maximum number of progressives win.

(Of course, according to BetaTheta and No Go, what I really want is for Vladimir Putin to be president.)
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-29 09:55
Benign -- good post as usual. Your last line hits it. If Sanders were to become president, the howling about how Putin put a communist in office would be just insufferable. I think I would rather go deaf than have to listen to Beta and the rest of the howling wolves of neo-conservatis m.
0 # BetaTheta 2018-07-29 16:28
Now I'M a neoconservative ?? News to me. Endless supply of straw men, I see.
0 # librarian1984 2018-07-29 16:39
If the primary is any indication they'll go quiet for a while. They don't like to waste money.

But you're right -- that is what they'll say. They still won't try to unite. They'll play the victim, as usual, and say it's our fault, fight Sanders and make his job harder.

We have to drag them kicking and screaming across the victory line -- then they'll claim credit.
+6 # Working Class 2018-07-28 09:55
What the Tea Party House GOP is doing is nothing less than official obstruction of justice.
+13 # CragJensen 2018-07-27 13:36
Early in the 20th Century the world was introduced to Communism, a few years later - Fascism. And now, fairly early in the 21st Century - Trumpism. "When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?"

All the signs of a burgeoning new totalitarian system of government are looking us straight in the face. Endless propaganda, the political destruction of a despot's and/or ruling party's opponents and even mass interments of innocent people vilified and interned in mass... It should be quite obvious by now but to the fledgling new and, as-of-yet unnamed political party now simply referred to as "the Base," it is anything but obvious. But what is obvious to me is the insane fervor- that has overcome and hence - blinded them.

So those of us who can still see and those of us who still cherish freedom and justice must persevere, we must resist and we must VOTE!
-8 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-07-27 14:12
And, when was it that Reich had credibility?
+6 # 2018-07-27 15:14
I totally agree and don’t know how any thinking person can do otherwise. Also completely subscribe to #chrisconner’s comments about the incredible GOP hypocrisy in view of their cheering of the Ken Starr investigation. Sometimes I can only explain the flipping of some formerly anti Trump GOP lawmakers by wondering if he doesn’t have “compromat” on them the way Putin clearly does on him. On the other hand, I’m put off by #Rodion Raskolnikof’s observations, especially his saying that only 1% of Americans cared about Russiagate as though that were a positive. To me if his statistics are true it’s only sad that 99% of Americans are too self centered to care that this democracy may well have been usurped by collusion with a foreign power who helped put a narcissistic, immoral psychopath in power. Perhaps, like his literary namesake, he fancies himself above good and evil, but I’m quaint enough to consider a moral compass a strength and lament its decrease in value among US citizens. Or perhaps he wrongly conflates anti Putinism with anti communism. Gorbachev was a self defined communist who wanted to preserve the virtues of the former USSR while reforming the police state elements. Putin is the opposite and wants to conserve only the latter.
+4 # C. H. Winslow 2018-07-27 22:38
In the particular districts where the House GOP get their votes, the Trump vote is large enough to get them elected. That is why they are playing this game. It is dangerous and must be stopped from going anywhere. It is clear that such persons are not astute, but those who will be electing them are similarly not astute. One of the unfortunate features of popular government is that often the best strategy for dumb leaders to win office is to keep their constituents as dumb as they are.
+4 # CragJensen 2018-07-27 23:22
If only 1% cared - CNN and MSNBC would be out of business and off the air. Also - the THird Reich had unimaginable credibility in Germany in the 1930s. They also received a ton of money from corporations and banks in other western countries - how do you think they funded the Reich? They were in the midst of a horrible depression and then rose up overnight to a position of great military and economic power and status. So your statistics are impossible to believe and your basic knowledge of history Señor Paul Devil are somewhat sorely lacking. Where did you go to school? Moscow High?
+7 # lfeuille 2018-07-27 23:37
This is not going anywhere. Even Paul Ryan knows this will make the GOP look even dumber than it already does.
0 # reality 2018-07-31 06:18
Con't: Part 2: criminally hacking, etc., our midterm elections in 2018, in 3 months- which is well documented by multiple sources, as I write this. So, it's understood that the drama of this paticular act of political theatre is very inculcating and you want to aid in that process by concissively pointing it out, as well as others. Yet, where is the analysis anywhere that the global oligarchy, which TrumputiN is just the biheaded biploar axi of global supposed profit, pleasure, power, is extremely interested, and invested in, fabricating that it doesn't actually exist as the spearhead of the corporate structure's convolution and it's devolutionary direction; the irrelevancy of the requirement of the premeditated mass-murder of 7 billion people, to the need for the pervasive increasing of their 'bottom lines', being most salient to them- and, therefore, never to be mentioned by anyone, ever (except moi). So, we have herr Mueller, the head of the fbi when they conpired to purposely not prevent the terrorist attacks on 9-11-01, with king george and his dick, cheney, as well as the elite of the republican conspiracy, prosecuting the Trumpler international criminal conspiracy, supposedly, whilst Comey, the fbi's previous director who was at least 10 % responsible for the criminal theft of the Presidency from Hillary, by purposely not reading and holding some Hillary emails for later, closes the investigation which exonerated her, etc., and then purposely, 10 days before...
0 # reality 2018-07-31 06:33
Con't: Part 3: ...the election, supposedly must make it nationally known by a national speech that he supposedly "...must reopen the investigation.. ." because he purposely held those emails to do just that- and attempt to throw the election to Trumpler.So, "...we(e),..." are clear they are actually on the same global oligarchic supposed side. A little further look informs that this supposed "criminal investigation" was started extremely late, and will go on extremely long, without the obvious use of REICO by the prosecution; which is obviously a necessity and incomprehensibl y not being used by the prosecution. So, all the destruction through to extinction that the remocrat conspiracy will get done (like the genocide of non-rem newborns to men who are heterosexual, the rems largest, most proven, and natural competition; and the war on lower-middle-cl ass to poor men; women's reproductive rights; Earth-murder; class warfare by the upper-middle-cl ass to rich against the lower-middle-cl ass to poor; genocide against the diffabled and immigrants, predominantly Latinos, etc.) before the start of any impeachment process; for, they're "waiting on the Mueller investigation's results"- which will probably be into Trumpler's third year, which is all he would've gotten done without the Mueller investigation (given Trumpler's manufacturing division and racial, sexual, class, religious, xenophobic animus, etc., as well as projecting it continually, to divide, and the fact that he...
0 # reality 2018-07-31 06:44
Con't: Part 4: ...couldn't possibly get anything done in his lame duck 3rd to 4th years anyway). So, we should pay attention to the 'show must go on', 'smoke and mirrors', 'song and dance', the spearhead of the corporate structure's convolution's devolutionary direction, the remocrats, and their political theatre, and go along with the dictated processes by which they've determined the rems will get all the destruction through to extinction done that they would have anyway, because you find it a salient point? Not to belabor the point but, the results of his "...investigati on..." have already been determined by all of their agreements to not include any prosecution against Trumpler, possibly not even a subpoena; which is illegal in ands of itself, as well as insane. The purported consensus is that Ryan's going to get a list of bady bads that Trumpler did and Ryan's going to determinedly slap Trumpler's wrist, politically; while Rome is burning! How does the convolution 'same as it ever was' segue between purposely not prevented events like: S+L-gate; Iran-Contra-gat e; .Com crash; Y2K; 9-11-01 attacks; non-prevention of the failing of the levees in the bowl of NOLA, etc., by supposedly Katrina; mortgage (new fiscal instrument)-gat e; supposed 'great recession' of 2007; etc., and the continuance of only propagation of la machine, the replication of 'the show must go on', etc., to the extreme detriment of "...the rule of law....", as you say, and any and all progressive...
0 # reality 2018-07-31 06:50
Con't: Part 5: ...and progressing democratic processes. So, when you suggest that, "...Nothing could be more damaging for the rule of law....", that the rem part of Congress is throwing fuel on the division fire, and, supposedly, the united suck of assassins is "...divided between Trump supporters who believe the investigation to be part of a conspiracy to undermine the Trump presidency, and the vast majority of Americans who want to know the truth....", as you say, you are intrically colluding in the determining of perceptions, the necessity in deterinmining concensus; squarely in the desired frame of the convolution- why? For, the "...Trump supporters...", one of your supposed sides that the country is supposedly divided into, are as criminally insane as he is, and they don't believe what you say they do, they know he's guilty as all hell and support him unconditionally because they're guilty as all hell as well! Why suggest their is any legitimacy to that supposed side; and make believe it's actually a complete "...side..." of the country, aiding in that supposed legitimization? Then you less saliently, point to another supposed "...side...", "...the vast majority of Americans who want to know the truth...", if they supposedly want to know the truth they must assume the Mueller investigation is going to uncover it; and if they were actually interested in the truth why wouldn't they be calling for international criminal investigations into the international criminal...
0 # reality 2018-07-31 06:52
Con't: Part 6, and last: ...conspiracy of Trumpler- or, at least advocating for the inconceivably unused REICO Statute to be used in the investigations and concurrent prosecutions by Mueller and the DOJ, State of New York, etc.? I think, since you asked, that your suggestion that "...Nothing could be more damaging for the rule of law....", is no more than an exaggeration to cover your collusion in framing this political time period; so it doesn't become frameless, activist, radical and/or revolutionary instead. For, certainly, there are thousands of things that are equally or further more "...damaging for the rule of law....", than that; no? reality

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