The media was sure Robert Mueller’s investigation would be the end of Trump.
They were sure he would dig up the goods on Trump colluding with Russia.
But a new bombshell left Mueller reeling and called into question the entire investigation.
Mueller just lost one of his chief investigators.
And it wasn’t just any investigator.
It was an FBI agent who specialized in counterintelligence.
ABC News reports:
“One of the FBI’s top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News.
The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller’s team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And the week before that ABC News confirmed Mueller is now using a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., to collect documents and other evidence.
It’s unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller’s team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI’s human resources division.”
Some experts are speculating that Strzok stepped away because his specialty is counterintelligence and Mueller has now moved his investigation into the criminal realm.
Mueller convening a grand jury and executing a search warrant against a house owned by Paul Manafort suggests the investigation has turned toward criminal matters.
But there is another side.
Critics believe Strzok is leaving because there is no counterintelligence case to investigate.
The Russia collusion angle is exactly what Trump said it was – fake news and a hoax.
If there was any “there, there”, Strzok would be staying on.
Instead, the counterintelligence aspect of the case is over because they examined the available evidence and moved on.
So it makes sense that a counterintelligence expert would move on too.
But it also shows danger for Trump.
The collusion angle turned into a bust so Mueller and his team are digging around for financial improprieties.
Make no mistake, Mueller’s only task is to build a case to impeach Trump.
So he is hunting around real estate deals from ten years ago and Paul Manafort’s bank accounts.
Trump supporters can take comfort in the underlying premise of the investigation – collusion with Russia – as being a fake news hoax.
But they should also take stock in the danger the Mueller probe still poses.
It is not designed to honestly find and report the truth.
It is a witch hunt against the President.