Trump is considering firing special counsel Mueller

One of Donald Trump’s closest friends, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, told the NewsHour tonight that Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

As you know, Mueller is investigating any connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election, and according to former FBI Director James Comey, is also now investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.

This news comes on the heels of Trump’s lawyer saying yesterday that Trump wouldn’t rule out firing Mueller.

First, here’s Ruddy:

Lawyer and professor Seth Abramson did a great write-up on Twitter about how much of a mess it will be if Trump tries to fire Mueller. In a nutshell, it’s not clear that Trump, or anyone, can. In a nutshell, Trump would need “good cause” to fire Mueller, and he doesn’t have it. And even if Trump tried, according to Abramson, Mueller could refuse to go.

It gets a lot messier from there. Do read Abramson’s thread for the rest.

This is just crazy.

As Abramson notes, Trump also risks incurring even more obstruction of justice charges if he goes after Mueller, as does anyone who helps Trump do it.

The big question is how much craziness needs to happen, how much corruption, before Republicans in Congress and Republican voters have had enough. We clearly haven’t reached that point yet. Reportedly, GOP members of Congress are terrified of Trump’s crazy far-right and Alt-Right (white supremacist) base. But, as the GOP’s chances of holding on to the US House in the 2018 elections dim, Republicans won’t have a choice but to start publicly distancing themselves from Trump.

Also, we do need to keep an eye on the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare. It’s clear that Senate Republicans are using the growing Trump scandals as cover to work behind the scenes crafting a final repeal bill. And GOP Senate leader McConnell wants to pass the bill by the end of June, so keep your eyes and ears glued to this issue as well.

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  • rhallnj

    You wonder whether all this lawyering up is consistent with intentions to fire Mueller.

  • 1nancy2

    Correct

  • Badgerite
  • Badgerite
  • ORAXX

    Firing Mueller would be stupid, short sighted, and would likely blow up in Trump’s face….therefore, I wouldn’t rule out his doing it.

  • They may not be that thrilled about supporting Trump but they also aren’t going to vote against him or his cronies. McCain talked just the other day about things being better under Obama but will he break ranks on key votes? Of course not. Empty talk from that crowd. I’m not impressed.

  • Two things: a hatred of anything labeled “liberal” and that Republicans have been able to pick out a few key issues to run on with them including guns, abortion and imagined religious persecution.

  • Trump of all people should know that talk is cheap. He says whatever pops into his head at the time and doesn’t mean half of it. (Half the time he doesn’t even know enough about what he’s talking about for it to mean anything anyway.) But he’s shallow enough to be reassured by empty words. So are his followers.

  • Yes, but with 60% disapproval, that 1/3 is not enough to govern. If this hold up until midterms (which are still over a year away) that is a disaster for the GOP just like they had in 1974.

  • brel1

    I think they’ve been exaggerated. The usual Republican voters are there and will never go away but not sure they support Trump.

  • 1nancy2

    They are and their #’s are growing. Scary, D.

  • 1nancy2

    We will get the crazy, dangerous Pence who will push through all of the hopes and dreams of the nasty repub. party.

  • 1nancy2

    Sure is, but that won’t stop the tyrant.

  • Badgerite

    The recent revelations about Russian intelligence hacking into state voter rolls brings to mind a post John had on election day of a map of the US showing highly suspect activity on the internet I believe centered in the eastern and mid west US. I wonder if that relates to what we are hearing coming out now about Russian hacker attempts at state election sites? The thing Sanders people seem to not realize is that if the vote totals that the states give out cannot be relied on to accurately reflect that the real votes of Americans, in other words if the elections are badly rigged in the future, their ‘movement’ will get no where regardless of public support. And contrary to what they seem to think, I think the resistance can walk and chew gum at the same time. Overturning this travesty of a government has to be a two pronged attack. 1) To ensure the integrity of the American voting system and 2) to formulate a more persuasive message to those voters who fell for this grifter’s BS.
    The integrity of the laws of the United States are not an inconsequential thing. And for me, that is as important as any policy agenda. In fact, the two efforts have to work in tandem and should bolster and reinforce the aims of both.

  • goulo

    I hope you are right, but less educated lower class conservative voters have been voting against their own economic interests simply due to party loyalty for many years…

  • Badgerite

    I’m not so sure about that. I think he over estimates this ‘loyalty’ thing. A lot.
    At some point, his awfulness will have consequences to our economy and to the actual lives of those supporters. Pograms never worked in the past to solve problems and they won’t work now.

  • Demosthenes

    The idiocracy still supports Trump. They are unconcerned with facts, lack any critical thinking skills, and elevate party and “leader” loyalty above love of country. These sad followers are a continuing blight.

  • Demosthenes

    Firing Mueller means Trump is obviously guilty of both obstruction of justice and, likely, the underlying crimes. It’s a big red flag.

  • goulo

    His guilt isn’t obvious to 1/3 of the country which is his unwaveringly loyal enthusiastic base, no matter what he does… :/

    Like Trump said during the campaign, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

    It seems to be one of the few true things he’s said.

  • brel1

    I remember cheering when Nixon resigned, but it didn’t seem like a dire threat at the time. What is happening now feels like imminent disaster. I’m trying to say calm.

  • Badgerite

    If he does this, he is in Saturday Night Massacre territory. If he does this, it is a clear and unequivocal attempt to obstruct justice and a clear and unequivocal admission of guilt.
    Not that his guilt isn’t obvious to everyone at this point.

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