One of the things that most concerned the U.S. Constitution’s framers was the misuse of the criminal justice system by those in power to check their political foes. We have a Bill of Rights, in large part, to protect us against this most harmful abuse of arbitrary power. Ostensibly, we are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures, from delayed trials and unnecessary incarceration, from being forced to be witnesses against ourselves, and from “cruel and unusual punishments.”
Unfortunately, all the parchment safeguards in the world cannot guard a citizenry from a truly corrupt government, and a corrupt government is capable of securing its evil ends by enlisting persons of good faith who may find themselves unwittingly employed in miscreancy. Something very like this has occurred in the Robert Mueller prosecutorial investigation of Donald Trump for alleged collusion with Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Evidence is accumulating that Mueller’s appointment as special prosecutor was the result of fabricated accusations concocted by conflicted officials in the Obama administration, who wished to prevent Trump’s election—or, failing that, to create (as disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok put it) an “insurance policy,” that would prevent Trump from continuing in office.
Whether it was a coordinated plot or not, former FBI Director James Comey’s leaking of information designed to result in the appointment of a special counsel succeeded, and for almost two years now Mueller’s activities have compromised the Trump Administration’s effectiveness.