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Trump wants to reshuffle Mueller’s team with his own picks



President Donald Trump took to Twitter again yesterday, to complain about the Mueller investigation. For the first time, he mentioned the Special Counsel by name:

“Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added…does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!”

Trump implied that he would cooperate with the investigation if Mueller were to include Republicans on his investigatory staff.

What are the facts? has investigated, so that you can decide for yourself.

Here are the people on Mueller’s team, with their political registrations, if known, in a list compiled by the Washington Post:

Brian Richardson. Party: unknown.

Ryan Dickey. Party: Democrat.

Kyle Freeney. Party: Democrat.

Scott Meisler. Party: unknown.

Zainab Admad. Party: unknown.

Greg Andres. Party: Democrat.

Rush Atkinson. Party: Democrat.

Michael Dreeben. Party: Democrat.

Andrew Goldstein. Party: Democrat.

Adam Jed. Party: Democrat.

Elizabeth Prelogar. Party: Democrat.

James Quarles. Party: Democrat.

Jeannie Rhee. Party: Democrat.

Brandon Van Grack. Party: Democrat.

Andrew Weissman. Party: Democrat.

Aaron Zebley. Party: unknown.

Aaron Zelinsky. Party: Democrat.

Trump, therefore, is misleading when he claims there are “ZERO REPUBLICANS” on Mueller’s staff, since he has no way of knowing about four of them. Mueller himself is a Republican! And to call the others “hardened Democrats,” rather than simply “Democrats,” is just a way of slurring their reputations and playing to his “hardened Republican” base. It impugns these lawyer’s reputations to suggest that their political affiliation automatically makes them biased.

After all, every lawyer, in every case, votes one way or another. Every judge, every juror votes one way or another. Under our jurisprudential system, we require—and trust that—men and women of good will shall leave their politics outside the courtroom door.

Trump has compiled his own list of whom he would like to see on the investigation staff. Here are Trump’s choices:

Allan Hiller, vice-chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Robert Patterson, hynotherapist, psychic.

Capt. Benjamin “Benjy” Molini, U.S.A.F., retired.

David Duke, tanning salon proprietor.

Ann Coulter, hostess and blogger.

Tea Party guy, survivalist and white nationalist.

Pierre P. LaWayne, porn star.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the President’s press secretary, told the Associated Press that the people on Trump’s list “are the true Americans, not hardcore Democrats of the type that the Special Counsel has deliberately chosen to persecute this President.”

The Special Counsel, Mueller, did not return my repeated messages for an interview.





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