April 10, 2018

We had learned in January of 2018, that Trump had considered firing Bob Mueller by directing White House attorney McGahn to pressure the DOJ into carrying out this action.  Today, the NY Times reports that Trump, again in December, wanted to close down the investigation in response to Mueller’s subpoenas for banking information from Deutsche Bank.

As you’ll recall in the middle of December, various Congresspeople were concerned Trump would do just that during Christmas recess due to information they were gathering from probably the same people that are leaking this information today.  I don’t think it’s any coincidence that these people are publicly leaking this information today.  Don McGahn again?  Probably.

The Trump administration has made it quite clear that, as far as they are concerned, they have the right to end this investigation and Trump has hinted that he has the desire to do so.

There are currently two pieces of legislation already in existence that could be passed to protect the Mueller investigation.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1735

Already written up and ready for a vote.

Why on earth is the GOP insisting on doing nothing?  Why?  What could be the harm in taking a vote?

  1. They don’t want to be an active party to preemptive legislation that would be an affront to the cult members.
  2. They see little difference to their re-election odds whether in the midst of the turmoil of a constitutional crisis or the ongoing pressure of the Mueller investigation.
  3.  A constitutional crisis is actually preferable to the slow grind of the Mueller investigation in that they believe all pressure will be off of them as previously tacitly approving participants in the Trump insanity.
  4. Derailing the Mueller investigation will push back any re-establishment of the investigation until sometime after the midterms.
  5. They honestly believe, all along, it’s just Donny talking smack.
  6. They wouldn’t mind letting Donny get himself in a jam and then react by drawing up articles of impeachment.  (Very unlikely.)

Protect the Mueller Investigation.

UPDATE: Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey plan to introduce legislation Wednesday that would give any special counsel a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing, according to two people familiar with the legislation.

So the idea is, if Mueller is fired, he could appeal to the courts for a review of the grounds on which he was fired.  Although this is an interesting approach, and seems to me, really reasonable as it should satisfy all sides, it is very unlikely that such legislation will pass through the House where all of the rabid Trumpites reside.  That is, if McConnell even allows this to get on the floor of the Senate for a vote, which definitely isn’t a sure thing. I appreciate Tills and Graham’s efforts though.  Good on you guys.   Unfortunately this may also have the unintended consequence of hurrying Trump long.

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