Democrats fear that Muller's appointment will make it harder for them to grandstand against Trump

Washington Examiner:
The Justice Department's decision to establish a special counsel to investigate possible links between Russia and the Trump administration placated many lawmakers, but it's also leading to new fears among senators that the move will render moot any effort by Congress to investigate these issues.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel on Wednesday and met with senators from both parties on Thursday to explain the move. But senators on the way out of that meeting indicated they have several new worries about the Senate investigation being overtaken by Mueller's.

One worry is whether Mueller will communicate any information at all to Congress about how he's proceeding. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said that could leave the Senate Intelligence Committee in the dark about whether and how it can carry out its own investigation.

"My concern is that we not end up in a place where special counsel doesn't communicate to Congress for months, or years, a decision he's made about the scope of the investigation," Coons said shortly after leaving the briefing.

"I think those decisions about the scope of the investigation need to be made relatively quickly so that congressional investigations can either proceed or pursue other matters," Coons added.

Another possible problem outlined by senators is whether Mueller will be seeking criminal charges as part of its probe. Several senators said it would be up to Mueller to make that call, but Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said his impression was that Mueller would be seeking criminal charges, which could make it hard for any congressional committee to hear testimony on its own.
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This would also probably make it harder for the Democrats to continue their campaign of a thousand cuts by the daily leaking of tidbits of information which forces the administration to respond.  One tactic they sometimes use is to make allegations they know not to be true in order to get their opponent to have to deny it and keep the story alive.


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