Thinking About Robert Mueller

Federal Judge T.S. Ellis III rapped Robert Mueller’s knuckles today. He accused the special counsel of “not really telling the truth” saying also that “It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants.” Ouch. This judge gets it. 

We are only slowly realizing the scope of the scandal of federal police power being used to, first, to throw the election to Hillary Clinton with a phony Russian collusion September Surprise, and then, when that didn’t to work, to undermine the president and thereby render his election void. This is the biggest scandal in American history and the active involvement of a police agency on behalf of one party in an election threatens our ability to govern ourselves.

Reflecting on Robert Mueller’s and James Comey’s roles in the scandal reminded me of something C.S. Lewis wrote in The Screwtape Letters:

I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.

When people ask me, “What is the deep state?” or “What is The Swamp” I often point them to this. It’s chilling because it rings true.

About Chris Buskirk

Chris is publisher and editor of American Greatness and the host of The Chris Buskirk Show. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and received a fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing. He is a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @TheChrisBuskirk

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