Several months ago I wrote an article where I told people that it wasn’t a matter of if Donald Trump was going to fire Robert Mueller, just when. In that article I said the following:
Ultimately, Trump’s going to do what he always does — whatever he feels is in his own best interests. Once he feels the backlash over firing Mueller will be less damaging than whatever information he might discover overseeing the investigation, that’s when I fully believe that Trump will take the necessary steps to get rid of him.
I don’t care what Trump said on Sunday, the moment he feels Mueller’s getting too close, or that he has what he thinks is the right excuse to fire him, it’s going to happen.
With four people linked to Trump now charged with crimes, news coming out that Mueller’s legally obtained thousands of transition team emails, and a very obvious effort by this “president,” the GOP, and the conservative media to paint the FBI’s investigation as some sort of “shadow government witch hunt,” I wouldn’t be shocked if Mueller is fired right around Christmas, a time when most Americans aren’t paying much attention to anything political. I’m not saying that’s going to happen, it just wouldn’t surprise me to see somebody like Trump pull a sleazeball move right around Christmas to take advantage of the distraction.
For Trump’s supporters to claim that he’s not hiding anything is absurd.
When he likely fires Mueller, that’s going to be the second person in charge of the investigation into whether or not his campaign colluded with Russia he’s gotten rid of in a matter of just a few months. As I’ve said plenty of times before, Trump’s behavior is not how innocent people act.
Though you don’t have to take my word for it. John Dean, a former advisor to Richard Nixon, recently told The Intercept that while he’s yet to see any clear evidence of direct collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign, the “obstruction” he’s witnessing from Trump and his associates could be worse than Watergate.
As reported by The Intercept (catch the full interview at the bottom of the article here):
Aside from the possibility of collusion, Dean added, another important aspect of the investigation is that the president “might have obstructed justice to prevent the investigation by overreacting.”
In the case of Watergate, Dean said, “there is not a scintilla of evidence that Nixon ordered the Watergate break-in or actually knew it was going to happen. But he certainly did involve himself from the outset in the cover-up. He was knee-deep in that.”
That brings me back to my stance that Trump’s behavior is not that of someone who’s innocent.
With multiple people around him having been caught lying or concealing contacts and meetings they had with Russians, and Trump firing James Comey while spending the last several months attacking the credibility of Mueller and the FBI, this seems, at least in my opinion, like a textbook example of someone who’s clearly got something to hide. Otherwise, I don’t get why so many of Trump’s associates have lied about contact they had with Russians, while he’s appeared to be rattled, scared, and doing whatever he can to undermine the investigation into his campaign.
If he has nothing to hide, then he shouldn’t be worried about Mueller finding anything illegal.
While I personally believe evidence will show that Trump’s campaign did directly collude with Russia, as John Dean said, regardless of the outcome of Mueller’s investigation, I think it’s obvious that there’s been a calculated effort by this “president” and his administration to not only undermine the FBI, but to obstruct justice as well.
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