Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation
We have heard so many major and minor characters a billion times over the last year that it makes us wonder how these names have made the Mueller probe into such a complex issue. The answer to this question brings us back to when James Madison drafted Federalist Paper No. 47, in which he argues for the necessity of separation of power. Given the Anti-Federalists at the time who were very concerned about the national government’s abuse of power, the system of government is set up to include a number of different checks on each branch’s authority. Fortunately, Madison’s view provides the groundwork for making sure the Mueller probe is an independent investigation.
The Mueller probe is essentially situated in this separation of power scenario, how power in the executive branch has been again separated over time. Within the executive branch, there are 13 additional departments. The Department of Justice which Mueller worked for is one of these executive agencies. It is led by the Attorney General William Barr after Jeff Sessions resigned due to conflict of interest. Under the attorney general is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; unlike other agencies, the Justice Department has traditionally been more independent of the executive branch since it is the law enforcement agency of the federal government. Hence, if the White House is suspected of any illegal activity, the Justice Department is supposed to investigate it. In this case, their investigation takes the form of the Mueller probe.
After writing a report which includes information about investigating Russians’ attempt to interfere in the election, Mueller reported his work to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who then reported to Attorney General Barr, who is expected to announce the conclusion of the special counsel’s investigation. Since the attorney general is a cabinet member to the president and has the authority on which information can be released, many individuals argue that there is not a real check between Mueller and the president since the attorn
Nevertheless, justice can still be protected by checks and balances between federal branches. All executive agencies are not only responsible to the executive, but they also depend on Congress for appropriation of funds. Congress is a bicameral body controlled separately by two major political parties. Even though the Republicans who control the Senate are more beholden to the executive, the Democratic House of Representatives can weigh in and use other legislation as leverage to force the Senate to cooperate.
As the Mueller probe appears to be in the home stretch, what we should do before any impeachment process starts is turn this probe into a politicized topic. Instead of putting more effort into making enemies, politicians and the public should pay attention to the report itself and let the evidence speak the truth.
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