Republicans Assure Us That Trump's Not Firing Mueller, Why Do You Ask?

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Charting more territory of unexplored crazy: lawmakers and journalists are speculating that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s decision to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is signaling an effort by the Trump administration to get rid of special counsel Robert Mueller. The topic has largely been avoided because it’s too outwardly corrupt, but this week, the special counsel subpoenaed the Trump Organization, and Trump has been tweeting in ALL CAPS about how there is NO COLLUSION, and this is a WITCH HUNT!, naming Mueller now, explicitly. Yesterday Trump’s lawyer John Dowd told the Daily Beast that he hopes that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will end the probe, and then he quoted Tennessee Williams. THIS IS THE POISED OPTIMISTIC TONE OF A MAN FULLY CONFIDENT IN HIS INNOCENCE.


“If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it,” Representative Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) on the House Intelligence Committee told “Fox News Sunday.” Growdy said Dowd “does [Trump] a disservice” when he says that the probe should be ended. He said that Trump should let the special counsel do his job, and Trump should do his own.

As the Washington Post has explained, firing Mueller is not within Trump’s purview; since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe, that power would fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which Rosenstein has said he does not have cause to do, but Trump could fire Rosenstein.

Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) on the Senate Intelligence Committee told ABC News’s “This Week” that it is “best for the president” for the investigation to be seen through. “The White House has said ten times, maybe more, that they are not going to fire Robert Mueller, they want him to be able to finish the investigation...the president’s not going to fire him.”

Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) told CNN’s “State of the Union” that his colleagues see firing Mueller as “a massive red line that can’t be crossed.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said that firing Mueller would be “the beginning of the end of his presidency because we’re a rule of law nation.”


“I think it’s very important that he be allowed to do his job without interference, and there are many Republicans who share my view,” he added.




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How many red lines has he crossed already? Honestly he can clearly do whatever the hell he wants to, and unless Republicans pass legislation protecting Mueller and making him fully independent, we’re always going to have this hanging over our heads. They managed to kill the Congressional investigation, it’s just a matter of time before this investigation gets squashed, too. And I doubt that Trump would face any repercussions for doing so. Not from the current Congress, anyway. The only thing keeping this from happening is the spectre of a Democratic Congress. But if Republicans were to retain majorities in both houses in November, you can bet that the next thing Trump would do is fire Rosenstein and Mueller, because he would know there would be zero accountability for it. The GOP doesn’t give a shit about rule of law unless that phrase is being used to talk about rounding up people of color.