For those of you who might still be wondering if Donald Trump will fire special counselor Robert Muller, spoiler alert: Odds are he’s going to.
In fact, if you ask me, I absolutely believe that he made that decision long ago.
The only reason he hasn’t is because he knows once he does, all hell’s going to break loose. While I’m sure many Trumpsters will do what they always do — defend him no matter what — firing Mueller will be the act of desperation that ultimately drives some of his more “lukewarm” supporters away.
I’m looking at this situation the same way I did Trump’s handling of the firing of James Comey. Once he realizes that he can’t obstruct/rig the investigative process from within, or intimidate Mueller into backing off — that’s when he’s going to wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Just take a look at comments Trump made during his interview with The New York Times where he seemed to be making a clear threat aimed at Mueller, hoping to keep him from digging into his personal financial or business dealings.
Those comments in and of themselves were noteworthy. Especially when you factored in Comey’s testimony to Congress a few weeks ago where he said he felt that while he was FBI director, Trump was trying to obstruct justice by trying to pressure and intimidate him into doing what he wanted.
Then the same day Trump made those comments, reports surfaced indicating Deutsche Bank, Trump’s personal bankers, were preparing for Mueller to issue subpoenas seeking information as part of the on-going investigation into whether or not Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during last year’s election.
I don’t think Trump’s statement and the timing of these reports becoming public knowledge were a coincidence. It seems that Trump knows the FBI’s investigation is inching closer and closer to discovering things he clearly doesn’t want them discovering — if they haven’t already — so this was his passive aggressive way to let Mueller know that if he doesn’t back off, he will get rid of him.
Will it work? Not a chance. From everything I’ve read about him, Mueller’s integrity is unquestioned, and he’s not someone who’s going to be easily intimidated or bullied. Trump can attack the investigation’s credibility all he wants, but it’s being led by somebody who has been universally praised by countless people from both major parties.
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.
Anyone doubting whether or not this is likely to happen clearly hasn’t been paying attention to the type of unethical, dishonest, crooked bottom-feeder Donald Trump’s proven himself to be throughout his entire life.