The Mueller investigation has overstayed its welcome and needs to draw to a close. What began as a counterintelligence inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has meandered into avenues well beyond its scope, created a hostile and pernicious social environment, and neglected major red flags along partisan lines.

These dalliances away from the mandate behind the investigation have driven its approval rating down and raised sincere doubts about its legitimacy. If Democrats and the FBI wish to save face, this neo-McCarthyism masquerading as an attempt to preserve democracy in America must end.

The investigation began in May of 2017 under the broad mandate to explore “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” with collateral authorization to investigate “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” This mandate was meant to ensure that Special Investigator Robert Mueller had adequate latitude to investigate claims that the Russian government interfered with swaying the 2016 election.

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