On Wednesday, just for grins, I posted a parody letter to special counsel Robert Mueller from Jeannie Rhee, who had just been exposed as someone with huge legal and political ties to Hillary Clinton. It was a mocked-up cover letter for Rhee’s resume and job application, outlining her “qualifications” for working with the special counsel investigating President Trump. The “letter” was a very pointed joke, written to highlight the massive inappropriateness of someone with her background being hired to investigate Trump. But what happened next was a surprise: from their comments back to me (I always read them), I could see that many people did not recognize the piece as satire and thought it was a real letter. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:
What makes the parody ring so true is that Ms. Rhee’s “qualifications” for the job as stated in the piece are, indeed, 100 percent true, as outrageous as they are. And that’s the point of it. Legal defense to the Clinton Foundation: true. Defending Hillary in a case involving access to her email: true. Obama’s legal advisor, as his assistant attorney general: true. Supporter of Hillary for President, giving thousands in campaign donations to Democrats: true. Personal attorney to Obama political hack Ben Rhodes and his liaison with the House Intelligence Committee during its look into Russian election meddling: true and true.
But other phraseology was injected as a joke, simply to show what’s no doubt going on in the minds of these rabidly anti-Trump investigators. Take just the first sentence: “I understand you are hiring an extensive team of investigators to make the case for collusion between the Donald Trump for President campaign and the Russian government, which undoubtedly happened as we all just know.” That last phrase is your tip-off; it’s the kind of elaboration that would never be found in an official letter (which might be subject to a Congressional subpoena or FOIA request) --- especially one composed by a lawyer --- but that could easily be assumed by other like-minded people at the Justice Department once they saw the applicant’s background.
So, yes, the letter is a parody. But the fact that it was so readily accepted as true says a lot about the nature of the real investigation that’s going on. We’re not imagining things: Mueller’s team really is stacked with partisan anti-Trumpers who might stop at nothing to unseat him, and that fact is becoming more apparent by the day.
And now, a postscript. After the parody piece was posted, I heard some commentators actually praising Mueller for choosing such a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump team. The argument: you WANT investigators who hate the people you’re going after (the Mafia, terrorists, etc.) and who are motivated to destroy them. Sorry, but in this case I can’t agree, because we’re not talking about the Mafia or terrorists. We’re talking about the other political party –- and about weaponizing American institutions of government to effectively shut it out and destroy democracy. That’s very different.
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