- - Sunday, March 24, 2019


Once the hysteria over the Mueller report subsides, and this, too, shall pass, sober heads on both left and right should consider whether continuing with special prosecutors, special counsels and whatever they might be called, is a good idea.

We’ve have attempts to take down a Democratic president and a Republican president, so there should be bipartisan support for moving on. What these attempts to undo presidential elections accomplish is a generation of anger and bitterness, provide jobs for lawyers and flout traditions and procedures that work. The Justice Department employs a lot of lawyers, and surely among them are Blackstones capable of doing what Robert Mueller, and Ken Starr before him, did.

Appointing a special prosecutor sounds like an attempt to stand outside partisan politics, but in the exercise just concluded, like the Clinton impeachment, the appointment of a special counsel enhanced anger, bitterness and bad faith. In both cases, the idea was to put an end to a presidency that had been duly elected. The moral failings of Bill Clinton were well known on the day of his election, just as the failings of Donald Trump were well known on the day of his election. Neither man could control his lusts. Nobody needed a special prosecutor to see that. When a second look is needed and the scent of impeachment is in the air, the Justice Department should do the job.

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