“The mills of the gods grind late, but they grind fine,” is a quotation ascribed to the Greek philosopher Sextus Empiricus. It found its way into English via Longfellow’s translation from the German of the work “Retribution” by Friedrich von Logau. Today, the most common formulation of the concept is that “The wheels of justice grind slowly, but exceeding fine.”
Tonight, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S.D.C. for the District of D.C. denied the Justice Department’s request to stay her ruling directing that grand jury material from the Mueller investigation be turned over to the committees of the House of Representatives investigating impeachment.
While the current center of attention of the march to impeachment is Trump’s attempt to shake down the Ukrainian government, we tend to miss the fact that there is parallel impeachment inquiry ongoing, namely the inquiry into Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice. The pace of that inquiry accelerated this evening. As another poet put it: “Don’t speak too soon, for the wheel’s still in spin.”