After his long silence on the gathering storm, Congressman Goodlatte expressed his approval of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia’s role in trying to influence the 2016 election.
As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Goodlatte should be taking the lead in holding hearings and seeking the truth about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Putin regime, as well as possible conflicts of interests between Trump’s businesses and his position as President, Trump’s disclosure of highly classified information to Russian diplomats, and the President’s reported effort to convince then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Instead Goodlatte seems to be keeping as low a profile as possible, expressing no doubts about Trump’s dubious behavior while members of his committee call on him to act.
It seems clear that Rep Goodlatte is believed that Robert Mueller will be doing his job. That Trump is who he was is no surprise and Goodlatte had an opportunity to show some non-partisan leadership and instead went in hiding. The good news is he and Trump will be limited in the damage they can inflict on Americans and Virginians until 2018 when we can finally get serious about healthcare for all Americans.