Right-wing radio talker Rush Limbaugh angrily denounced the naming of a special counsel to the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
“So I saw this and my initial reaction was, I was muttering obscenities,” he recalled on his radio show Thursday. “I was mad, I said, ‘Who the hell caved on our side? What the hell?’ I’m going through all these emotions! They lost the frickin’ election why are we giving them what they want?’ Going through all that.
“And I said, OK, what’s this cover?” Limbaugh said. “And I looked at it, and it’s only Trump and Russia. There’s nothing about the Clintons! There’s nothing about their illegal server! There’s nothing about any of their illegal violations!
“What in the name of Sam Hill are we doing?” he cried. “Why don’t we just commit suicide? Why don’t we just point the gun at ourselves and be done with this?
“That was my initial reaction to this,” he concluded. “Now to the extent that it, it depends on what the investigation turns up, but no, this counsel is not looking into any of that, that would be another one.”
His caller, A.T., who began the conversation asked if there was any way the special counsel could end up investigating Hillary Clinton.
“Why don’t we get a special counsel on that Loretta Lynch letting Slick Willy on the airplane?” he demanded. “I mean the stuff that’s happened here, that the Democrats engage in, and there’s never any call for any investigation, much less special or otherwise.”
“I tell you what would happen here, A.T.,” he continued, “let’s say that somehow, some way a special counsel was appointed to look into Hillary’s illegal email server and traffic. Can you imagine the media reaction to that? ‘This is just sour grapes, this is obviously to cover-up the obvious crimes Trump has committed!’ Media would just, it isn’t gonna happen.
“It’s ex-post facto now, well it isn’t, but politically it is,” he explained, dejectedly. “So all of this stuff has to have political pretext. And since there’s nobody in Congress demanding a special counsel for the Clintons, there’s nobody demanding any of that, it’s not gonna happen.”
While the decision to name a special counsel was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the political atmosphere driven by constant scandal likely forced his hand. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is highly respected and trusted among those who know him well — former CIA official Philip Mudd said of him, “he’s not one of the best, he’s the best I ever saw.”
[Editor’s Note: This article has been edited for typos.]