New Attorney General Bill Barr had only been confirmed for a few minutes when speculation about the future of special counsel Robert Mueller blew up the internet.
Matt Schlapp, who is the husband of Mercedes Schlapp, Trump’s White House Director of Strategic Communications, predicted that with Barr’s confirmation, “Mueller will be gone soon.”
Tomorrow will be the first day that President Trump will have a fully operational confirmed Attorney General. Let that sink in. Mueller will be gone soon.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 14, 2019
Clarifying His Thoughts
Of course, members of the media and the Twitterverse automatically assumed Schlapp knew something nobody else did.
They also assumed Schlapp meant that Barr would go against what he told the committee and would fire Mueller.
Those making that assumption could not have been more wrong.
Schlapp clarified what he meant with a later tweet:
Marty the very fact that a lawyer of the stature of Bill Barr is AG will move Mueller along. And w no findings on Russia collusion the whole need for the investigation will soon end. That is the proper role of the US AG. No one is above oversight not even Mueller. https://t.co/2OBtih661c
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 15, 2019
Time to Rein Him In
To this point, nobody has really set any guidelines for Mueller to follow.
While the investigation was intended to find any evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the election — which it has not found — Mueller has gone off on several tangents.
Schlapp’s point is that Barr will get Mueller back on track.
After two years of investigating has turned up nothing involving collusion with the Russians, Schlapp is making the assumption that Barr will tell him to get this wrapped up very quickly.
Barr is known as being a hard-nosed attorney, so it is a fairly safe assumption he will not allow Mueller to continue to waste taxpayer money if the investigation is not serving its purpose.
The new AG is already on record saying he would not fire Mueller without cause, but he never said anything about giving Mueller a gentle nudge.