Russia special counsel: short-term gain for Trump comes with long-term risks

Though the threat is apparent, experts said the Trump administration also saw some immediate benefits as it avoids an independent investigation

Some threats to executive power may come dressed in sheep’s clothing, the late supreme court justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, but when it comes to the issue of independent counsels, “this wolf comes as a wolf”.

The threat to Donald Trump was apparent as he started his morning Thursday by complaining bitterly on Twitter about the “witch hunt” he faces in the form of the investigation of his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, and the injustice of having special counsel appointed to oversee it.

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