The investigation is inside the oval office and the first family and the president seems to be panicking. The politically unthinkable is now being openly discussed as a real possibility for the president. Donald Trump may in fact fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and then put in place someone willing to do Trump’s bidding and fire Russian election interference Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump is all consumed with the investigation that he has labeled a “witch hunt.”
Trump supporters seem to be putting in place rationales for firing Rubenstein and Mueller. Trump ally and advisor Roger Stone came right out and said the president should can the deputy AG Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “I’d fire Mueller and Rosenstein for wasting the taxpayers’ money,” Stone said. “This is a witch hunt.”
Today’s presidential tweets indicate that at least Trump now believes he is under investigation. And in admitting that, Trump seemed to set his sights on Rubenstein.
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
The tweet represents a walk-back of sorts for Trump. His spokespeople and even Vice President Pence originally said the reason for Comey’s firing was the recommendations of Rubenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Then Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt he fired him because of the Russian probe that Comey was directing. Now it seems Trump is back to saying he acted on Rubenstein’s advice.
Rubenstein is the only person who can fire Mueller (normally it would be the attorney general but Sessions recused himself from the Russian interference investigation leaving the mess in Rubenstein’s lap).
Even Trump pal Newt Gingrich is greasing the skids for Mueller.
It was the Washington Post that reported this week that Trump is at least part of the focus of the Mueller probe. Less noticed is the part of the report that also said financial improprieties are also being investigated. That means presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is on the hot seat.
The problem isn’t necessarily that he met with a Russian banker who has deep ties to Putin. It’s the conflicting explanations for what the meeting was about. Kushner said it was not business-related. The banker says it was. Same page? Party of two?
Meanwhile, Trump obsession with the Russian investigation also points to the fact that despite his claims to the contrary, Trump has not achieved even one significant legislative victory.
Or not. The disastrous Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill is shrouded in secrecy in the Senate with even some Republicans not having a clue what’s going to be in it. The one thing we know for sure is it will not resemble the bill that was passed by the House.
It was just back on May 4th that Trump was spiking the football on the 50-yard line when the House barely passed a repeal-and-replace version.
Now we know what Trump actually thinks of that bill. What was once “great” is now “mean.”
Unless and until the Russian interference investigation fades, there will be no significant success on his agenda as Trump is completely incapable of compartmentalizing.