This week alone, we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had expanded his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 president election to include the son of disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And now we have new information which seems to suggest that the final act of Donald Trump’s presidency could be at hand.
Out of nowhere Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee disclosed via Twitter that the two ranking members, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and John Conyers (D-MI), met with the Special Counsel:
— House Judiciary ⚖ (@HouseJudiciary) September 15, 2017
Granted, it sounds innocuous enough, at least until you consider this fact: The House Judiciary Committee is where all bills for impeachment must begin. According to the official rules of Congress on the matter of impeachment:
“A resolution impeaching a particular individual who is within the category of impeachable officers under Art. II, Sec. 4 of the Constitution is usually referred directly to the House Committee on the Judiciary. A resolution to authorize an investigation as to whether grounds exist for the House to exercise its impeachment power is referred to the House Committee on Rules.9 Generally, such a resolution is then referred to the House Judiciary Committee.”
It should also be noted that the House Judiciary Committee also has an important role when it comes to oversight of Mueller’s investigation, which has begun turning to the role that social media–especially Facebook–played in the election of Trump with the assistance of the Russian government. Just this week, Bloomberg reported:
“Russia’s effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media is a ‘red-hot’ focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election and possible links to President Donald Trump’s associates, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.”
Did members of the Trump team coordinate social media postings with Russian agents and hackers? The digital portion of the Trump campaign was overseen by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kusher, who is now a senior adviser in the administration.
If indeed Mueller is informing the House Judiciary Committee of his progress as the investigation continues, he may also be building the case for Trump’s impeachment, since there is some debate as to whether a sitting president can be indicted and tried in a criminal matter.
There is no timetable for Mueller to complete his investigation, but considering the progress he’s made in just the past few days, it’s beginning to feel like the beginning of the end may be at hand.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org