Trump is not going to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation. It’s past time to get over any thought that he will. Once again, Trump and his legal team are tantalizing the public with promises that Trump will answer questions posed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The public should expect to be disappointed. The public should also be concerned that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker now has authority to block Mueller’s investigative steps, including issuance of a subpoena for Trump’s testimony, and he has no obligation to report his actions to Congress until the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation.
Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general may have strengthened Robert Mueller’s position as special counsel. Each new revelation establishing Whitaker’s unfitness for the AG post generally, and his bias regarding Mueller’s investigation specifically, diminishes Whitaker’s and Trump’s ability to obstruct the investigation. Because Trump so obviously selected Whitaker because of his willingness to tank the investigation, as shown by Whitaker’s public statements, all eyes are on Whitaker, alert for the slightest move to curtail Mueller’s work. Indeed, distrust of Whitaker has stiffened the spines of Republican senators, who now support legislation to protect Mueller. Once again, the breathtaking incompetence of the Trump administration has blunted its attack on the rule of law.