Former U.S. attorney Andrew C. McCarthy isn’t overly impressed by Special Counsel Mueller’s multiple indictments of Paul Manafort yesterday, describing them as “a dubious case of disclosure violations and money movement that would never have been brought had [Manafort] not drawn attention to himself by temporarily joining the Trump campaign….[T]the president can continue to portray himself as the victim of a witch hunt.”
Some Republicans are seeking the appointment of another Special Counsel to investigate Clinton, Democratic Party, and FBI collusion with Russia.
No new Special Counsel please. One is already too many
Attorneys David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey argue that the office of Special Counsel is no better than the Independent Counsels of the 1980s and 1990s that undermined Presidents Reagan and Clinton:
“Some Republicans now seek a new special counsel to investigate if the Clinton Campaign ‘colluded’ with Russians to smear Candidate Trump, along with other aspects of the Clintons’ relationship with Russia and Russian nationals. But one special counsel already is one too many….Mr. Trump can end this madness by immediately issuing a blanket presidential pardon to anyone involved in supposed collusion with Russia or Russians…Nefarious Russian activities…can and should be investigated by Congress….[A]t least those conducting the inquiry will be legitimate and politically accountable.”
National Review editor Rich Lowry counsels Trump to squelch his usual instincts to retaliate and just do nothing. “There is no suggestion in the indictment that any of Manafort’s alleged wrongdoing, which dates back to 2006, had anything to do with the campaign.”
The difference between south and north of the 38th parallel
Elon Musk reminds us of the difference between south and north of the 38th parallel. On the south’s behalf his SpaceX company just successfully launched a needed broadcasting satellite.
North Korean leaders pose by a missile-installable nuclear weapon
North of the line, the Kim Jong-un is trying to perfect nuclear devices to threaten his neighbors east and south. His intentions aside, there is question now whether he can even control his rockets and their nuke payloads. North Korean recklessness is underscored by reports that “A TUNNEL at an underground North Korea nuclear site has collapsed with up to 200 people killed…The accident is believed to have been caused by Kim Jong-un’s sixth nuclear test which weakened the mountain…It was reported earlier this year that the mountain under which the base is believed to be hidden was at risk of collapsing and leaking radiation into the region.”