Why a Special Counsel Could Be Good for Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise. DVIDSHUB/Public domain

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has done Trump a service—though it might not be much appreciated.

The Russia investigation has the potential to turn into a fishing expedition—the president may believe that’s what it already is—no matter how carefully Mueller conducts it. But even an independent investigation that balloons out of proportion has a credibility that no process perceived as more easily shaped by the president would have. President Trump may not put great stock in what passes for credibility in Washington and with the media. He has learned all too well over this past week, however, just what damage the absence of credibility can wreak. The only way he will be ever free from the ghost of Russia’s election meddling will be if someone else performs an exorcism—and that is now Robert Mueller’s job.

Daniel McCarthy is editor at large of The American Conservative.

Image: President Donald Trump speaks during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise. DVIDSHUB/Public domain

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