Comey, Mueller, and the poisonous tree

In the latest Harvard Caps-Harris Poll, nearly 70 percent say that special counsel Robert Mueller and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein should not be fired. But 72 percent also say that a second special prosecutor needs to appointed and the actions of Comey and fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe should be criminally investigated.

The more we learn about how these massive investigations were started, the more they look so corrupted that this entire investigation now could now qualify as the fruits of a poisonous tree, a doctrine first adopted by Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter as the only way to prevent government agents from abusing the rights of citizens and benefitting from those actions. The government can’t violate people’s rights with impunity and then just say “oops.”