A gifted career Justice Department lawyer, Weissmann sent former acting attorney general Sally Yates an effusive email shortly after Yates was fired for insubordinately defying Trump on enforcement of the so-called travel ban.

The obstruction aspect of Mueller’s investigation calls for an objective evaluation of how much independence law-enforcement officials have from the chief executive.

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Mueller shouldn’t have included Strzok, Weissman, Jeannie Rhee, or Aaron Zebly on his team and it’s reasonable to suspect that partisan passions may have influenced their decisions and perspective during the investigation.

(All of those figures also should have had the good judgment to realize they were jeopardizing Mueller’s effort by signing on to help.) If Trump fires Mueller, then there will be demands that another special counsel take his place — and that counsel would be able to continue Mueller’s work without the perception of partisan bias.

So good that it says it’s moving some of its truck production from Mexico to Michigan.

The automaker announced Thursday that it will spend more than $1 billion to revamp its Warren Truck Assembly Plant, which will start making the Ram heavy-duty truck in 2020. Fiat Chrysler said it will add 2,500 jobs in Michigan to support the move. “It is only proper that our employees share in the savings generated by tax reform and that we openly acknowledge the resulting improvement in the U. business environment by investing in our industrial footprint accordingly,” CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a press release.

But the X-Men can’t appear (and don’t appear to exist in Marvel’s cinematic fictional world so far) because 20 Century has the rights.* (It’s fair to wonder if this separation is actually for the best, because the Marvel comics universe featured a world where the X-Men and mutants were distrusted and feared by the general public for their powers, while the Avengers were largely trusted and celebrated.

More than a few writers struggled to write around that contradiction.

Personally, I am not much alarmed that several of Mueller’s staffers have anti-Trump political views.

But as more evidence emerges, I have become increasingly disturbed about whether those views will taint perception of the Mueller investigation, particularly in the case of Andrew Weissmann, a key Mueller deputy.

But he’s so addicted to saying the first thing that pops into his head, regardless of context or who’s in front of him, that he can’t stop hurting his own administration.

An Execrable Presidential Comment Yes, the world has many unpleasant places. Things must appear fair — even more so when a special counsel, appointed precisely to avoid the appearance of bias, is concerned.

Weissmann’s lauding of Yates suggests he is not objective on this point.