Washington was rocked by the bombshell announcement that the Justice Department was appointing a special counsel to handle the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle quickly praised the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the probe.

But the danger to Trump quickly became apparent when Mueller’s past came under scrutiny.

Mueller served as FBI Director from 2001 to 2013.

In that position, he developed a relationship with then Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

Business Insider reports:

“Mueller rose to public prominence along with former FBI director James Comey in 2004, when he and Comey threatened to resign if the Bush administration revived the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program without making changes to it. At the time, Mueller was FBI director and Comey was the deputy attorney general. The White House eventually backed off.”

The intelligence community – which consists of members of the deep state trying to overturn the election results by driving Trump from office with illegal leaks – also praised the selection of Mueller.

Business Insider reports:

“Intelligence officials say that Mueller, like Comey, is known for his independence, and that makes him a great choice for special prosecutor. He also has not been afraid to push back against the White House in the past, as he did in 2004.

“He doesn’t sway under political pressure,”Thomas J. Pickard, who served as deputy director of the FBI under Mueller, told The Washington Post. Mueller has served under Democratic and Republican presidents — he helmed the FBI under both of Bush’s terms and Obama’s first. “For 12 years, he kept the FBI out of politics,” Pickard said.”

Trump supporters are also unnerved by the bipartisan praise for Mueller from establishment politicians.

The elites in both parties hate Trump and want him gone.

By effusively praising Mueller at the start, they are establishing the investigations reputation so they cannot be questioned no matter the findings.

And special counsels have a checkered past.

Pat Fitzgerald – who investigated the nonexistent crime of leaking Bush critic Valeria Plame’s name – found no wrongdoing by anyone in the Bush administration on that count.

But the investigation persisted for years and finally Bush aide Scooter Libby was charged and convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators.

None of these charges had anything to do with the initial leak, but they grew out of the investigation.

Special counsels have an implied mandate to prosecute.

They spend millions of dollars on their investigations and must produce results to justify their existence.

The investigations often morph into sprawling inquires that stray far afield from the initial allegation.

Bill Clinton’s impeachment for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky grew out of the special prosecutor’s investigation into the Clinton’s land deal in Arkansas.

And some even question the need for a special counsel.

House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz said no crime has been committed or even alleged.

The Hill reports:

“House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Wednesday broke with the broad bipartisan consensus supporting the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“I have not seen any evidence of actual collusion. Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute?” he asked during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson…

…”I don’t think they should have actually appointed somebody,” Chaffetz said on Fox News, while also praising Mueller’s credentials.”

Given Mueller’s past connections and establishment credentials, he is a cocked pistol pointed at the Trump administration.

This is a politically motivated fishing expedition.

The goal is not to uncover the truth.

The purpose is to try and manufacture a scandal to drive Trump from office.