The Government Shutdown Is Not Shutting Down Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe

WASHINGTON ―   The federal government happens to be shut down, but a couple of thorns within the side of President Donald Trump are still up and operating.  

Congress was unable to pass the spending bill late Friday night time, shutting down everything but what exactly is considered the “ essential” areas of the federal government. Social Security checks continue to be being processed, the military remains working (although troops won’ capital t get paid until afterward) and air flow traffic controllers are still helping keep your skies clear.

Meanwhile,   much of the work of the Centers for Disease Manage and Prevention will stop ― here at the height of the flu period ― and about 800, 000 federal government employees will be furloughed until Our elected representatives resolves the issue.

And one thing which is still going: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’ s probe into Russia’ s interference in the 2016 selection.  

The Justice Department verified this week that employees in Mueller’ h office are exempt from the shutdown and can continue their own work. His office is not financed through the regular congressional appropriations procedure.  

So the probe, which Trump desperately wants shut down, is going on even while other government functions cease.

Likewise, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ― one of conservatives’ least favorite companies ― proceeds operations during a shutdown . The particular agency gets its money in the Federal Reserve, not Congress, although many Republicans have argued it will, so that they can exert more control over the particular agency.

For years, Republicans have attempted to block the CFPB, which was very first proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) when she has been still in academia. Rich Cordray, who served as CFPB seat under President Barack Obama, lately stepped down to run for chief excutive in Ohio. Office of Administration and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is the interim head.  

Like a congressman, Mulvaney called the bureau the “ scam … in a sad, unwell kind of way. ” And in their most recent budget request, Mulvaney requested zero dollars for the agency, producing clear where the Trump administration appears on the bureau set up to protect customers.  

But nevertheless, the agency may persist during the shutdown.