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:
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) June 12, 2017
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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