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NOT SO GRAND INQUISITION

Critics say Robert Mueller is abusing his power in the Trump- Russia investigation. They’re wrong

POLITICS

IT’S BEEN ONLY three months since the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller to oversee the Trump-Russia probe, and the president’s supporters have already made bashing him a daily ritual. Many are calling for his dismissal, saying he’s in cahoots with “the deep state,” namely James Comey, the FBI director whom the president fired this spring. Never mind that Mueller is a respected prosecutor and former FBI director who served under both Democrats and Republicans.

One particularly nutty line of attack is that Mueller is rigging a grand jury against Trump. “President Trump got 68.63% in West Virginia, 4.8% in Washington DC,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tweeted earlier this summer. “Guess where Mueller has a grand jury?” Even Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor and famed appellate lawyer, expressed similar concerns. “The District of Columbia jury pool,” he wrote for The Hill, “will be overwhelmingly Democratic, by a ratio of close to 10 to 1.”

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