A pro-family leader believes the appointment of a special counsel to look into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government during the presidential campaign isn't good for President Trump, but a political scientist says there's no need to become alarmed at this point.
The decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel is being celebrated by Democrats, who have demanded a special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into perceived Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Democrats' demands only grew louder after President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.
Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, doesn't believe there's any evidence of collusion.
"They are content with innuendo because I believe that is all that they have," she shares. "The appointment of a special counsel was overkill [and] was signed off on by weak Republican leadership and, I believe, a misguided acting attorney general. I think this is a disaster for President Trump."
Where does Rios believe this is all headed?
"If I were to speculate, [I'd guess] he will probably hang on through this next calendar year," she responds. "When it gets to an election year, the Democrats will make the case that they just need more seats in the House in order to impeach the president – and that will be their next ploy."
Will that be successful? "I don't know," she answers. "It could be the American people may rally and may go to the polls and stop again the out-of-control, irrational attempt to destroy this country by the Left."
In contrast, Dr. Charles Dunn says in light of testimony from former Obama officials James Clapper and Sally Yates that there's no evidence of Russian interference in the election, Mueller's investigation could turn out well for the president.
"It looks like Mueller is playing a role here to satisfy Democrats who want a special counsel, and Republicans and Trump who have confidence that Trump will be cleared," says the professor emeritus of government at Clemson University.
Dunn says it's basically a "wait-and-see" situation right now.
"No one should become alarmed at this point because we're in the midst of a beginning where we're not quite sure what the beginning is," he explains. "But given the fact the Mueller holds all the cards and that Yates and Clapper have not come up with any evidence of any significance against Trump, [it's] likely Mueller will release a vindication of Trump, if you will."
Dunn suggests the investigation could even lead to a revived and strengthened Trump presidency.
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