For John, BLUF: These are serious times. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you…
I am concerned for our Republic at this juncture in history. I believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be a key player in the outcome. The key will be his approach to the problem he faces. He must be as wise as a serpent and as simple as a dove.
Mr Mueller has a political as well as a legal task. Whatever his findings he must not appear to have been partisan in his actions nor must he appear to have strayed from his remit. Tens of millions of Americans will be watching to see how this goes.
At this point there is skepticism about his investigation and about the legitimacy of the accusations of a Trump Campaign collusion with the Russians. While many Democrats are convinced as to the wrongs of President Trump and those around him, it is the rest of the nation that would have to be convinced. If not convinced they would be out in droves in 2020, and vicious.
This is more a political moment than a legal one. What we don't want is for half the electorate to come away thinking that if defeated at the polls they can and should reverse the decision by a Special Counsel. And, we don't want the other half to think like Conan the Barbarian with regard to "what is best in life", that is "To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women." If you think this kind of thing doesn't happen, look at Brazil, Argentina and South Korea, today. Such rejections of the outcomes of elections will move us toward being a third rate banana republic.
We need to choose wisely and Special Counsel Robert Mueller could earn his place in the Pantheon of Great Americans if he helps us choose wisely at this point.
As for us, "Deciding not to choose is choosing, so choose wisely."
Regards — Cliff