Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. While usually associated with the roulette wheel, this jingle can also describe special counsel investigations. History proves their focus can vary greatly from start to finish. Probably few in government could survive such an investigation with unlimited time, scope and resources.

Most people have things in their past they wish to remain private. This is one reason so much corruption goes unchecked. Those with the knowledge of wrongdoing are reluctant to report it for fear of what could be revealed if the spotlight turns on them. This is true in all professions — not just politics.

A common claim of investigations is that they will go wherever the facts lead. More accurate is that they will go wherever the drivers steer. They have discretion as to which facts to follow and how aggressively. Therefore, scrutiny of the “drivers” is called for. No matter how much integrity a person has, his human nature cannot be completely erased.

That scrutiny should include their political leanings, history of political donations, personal and professional alliances and professional expertise.

Armed with this data, plus knowing the grand jury was impaneled in Washington, D.C., where candidate Donald Trump received a small percentage of the vote, one can probably predict the course of the current special counsel investigation.

One final thought: it will be interesting to see if “intent” plays the same role in the current special investigation as it did in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Jackie Cannon

Auburndale