Republicans Trying to Discredit Mueller →

Devlin Bar­rett and Sean Sul­li­van re­port­ing for The Wash­ing­ton Post:

Re­pub­lic­an act­iv­ists and law­makers are en­gaged in a multi-front at­tack on spe­cial coun­sel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of pos­sible con­nec­tions between as­so­ci­ates of Pres­id­ent Trump and Rus­si­an agents, try­ing to stop or cur­tail the in­vest­ig­a­tion as it moves fur­ther in­to Trump’s in­ner circle.

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Sev­er­al law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said they are con­cerned that the con­stant drum­beat of con­ser­vat­ive cri­ti­cism seems de­signed to erode Mueller’s cred­ib­il­ity, mak­ing it more polit­ic­ally pal­at­able to re­move, re­strict or simply ig­nore his re­com­mend­a­tions as his in­vest­ig­a­tion pro­gresses.

Make no mis­take: they’re wor­ried be­cause they know Trump is guilty of something. It’s just a mat­ter of find­ing out ex­actly what.