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What Republicans Really Want From Investigating the Russia Investigators

Calls for an inquiry into the Mueller probe’s origins could help Trump keep his base engaged.
Source: Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters

The arc of the modern American life is long and bends toward a never-ending relitigation of 2016.

Any assumptions that talk of collusion and spying—and the need to remember how to spell —would end following the release of Robert Mueller’s 400-page report have been rendered quaint in the past week. Republicans and Democrats alike have latched on to Mueller’s findings not as the final word on those topics, but instead as a springboard for ever more questions about them. This has been most obviously true of Democrats, some of whom maintain there was coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and some who argue that the many of them are itching for their own extension of the Mueller report: an investigation of the investigators.

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