Presidential historian Tom Whalen says the time has come for a special counsel to take over the Russia investigation, and Robert Mueller is the right man for the job.
“If you are a member of the Trump White House, you have to be sweating bullets at this point,” Whalen said.
Mueller, who served as prosecutor in the US Attorney’s office in Boston and then took over the top job back in the 80’s, will have broad reach including subpoena power.
“And when you have subpoena power you can really turn over a lot of rocks politically speaking,” said Whalen, an associate professor at Boston University. “He’s not going to leave any stone unturned in this investigation.”
Mueller served as FBI director in Republican and Democratic administrations, and has earned respect on both sides of the aisle.
In a brief statement, Mueller said “I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability.”
Prominent Boston attorney Phil Tracy, Jr. says Mueller and the team he assembles will figure out if anything criminal took place.
“We’ve got to get to the bottom of it,” said Tracy.
“That’s why we need a decisive hand to come in and get the government running and functioning the way it should.”
It’s unclear how long the investigation could take, but experts say it will be very detailed and thorough.
“You can’t think of a better choice.,” said Whalen about Mueller. “His credentials are impeccable.”