Yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate the Russia-gate scandal. I have no idea why Rosenstein made this decision (according to him, he did it in the public interest). If Rosenstein thought that caving in to the political-media elite's hysterical demands would reduce the mass hysteria, I fear he is in for a rude awakening. In fact, I suspect that nothing short of the removal of Trump from office would satisfy them.
The Democrats and their PR agency, aka the corporate media, have for weeks been calling for the appointment of a special counsel. Yet, they have not responded to the appointment as though they have achieved a victory. Whilst, Chuck Schumer gave the announcement a luke warm welcome, Adam Schiff made it plain that it is insufficient and the House and Senate committee investigations need to be pursued vigorously, implying concern that the special counsel's investigation should not be allowed to restrict Congress' access to evidence. He also called for an independent commission. Other Democrats, such as Al Green and Maxine Waters have responded by stepping up their demands for impeachment.
Whatever Rosenstein had in mind when he made his decision to appoint a special counsel, it is clear that the political-media hysteria is not going to calm down as a result. Indeed, the appointment provides the Democrats with the line: Trump is under investigation. The smears and innuendo will only ramp up.
An investigation by Mueller is most unlikely to be conducted swiftly and indeed is likely to take years. All Trump's critics will have constant opportunities for speculation and over-blown political rhetoric. His opponents will use the fact that there is a special counsel investigation to imply that its mere existence shows that crimes have been committed: after all, one does not launch a criminal investigation when there is no evidence of a crime. This is a narrative the professional propagandists will find easy to fabricate: after all, every crime story starts with a crime, which is subsequently investigated and ends with the villain being held to account. Whatever Mr Rosenstein's intention, his appointment of a special counsel will inevitably feed the crime narrative.