Donald Trump was seriously rattled by the FBI kicking in the door of his private attorney’s office. Michael Cohen has been working for the president for years and was known as his pit bull. Since the raid, the commander-in-chief has been roaming the White House halls, itching to fire the Deputy Attorney General – and others.
Trump has been highly critical of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ever since the AG recused himself from the Russia cyber tampering case. The president said that the AG should have told him that he would recuse himself. If he had done so, 45 would have appointed a different person, according to The New York Times:
‘He made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country, but you’ll figure that out.’
Deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein, could well be on the chopping block along with the special counsel he appointed to investigate Russia’s cyber attack on the U.S. 2016 presidential elections. Now, the man in the Oval Office knows that Rosenstein signed off on the FBI raid on Cohen.
Many of the president’s advisers and allies worried that Trump would fire both Rosenstein and Mueller in a fit of rage. Their concern has been that the president believes that firing the two men would end the Russia investigation.
When a reporter asked if he was going to fire Mueller, 45 said “we’ll see,” the NY Times reported:
‘We’ll see what happens. But I think it’s really a sad situation when you look at what happened. And many people have said you should fire him. Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.’
The FBI agents were searching for records regarding the payments to two women. One was the porn star and director, Stormy Daniels. Her real name is Stephanie Clifford. In the month before the 2016 election, Cohen paid her $130,000 to remain quiet.
The other woman, a former Playboy model, sold her story to The National Enquirer for $150,000. The rag immediately killed it, effectively silencing Karen McDougal.
McDougal said that she had an affair with Trump for almost a year, beginning soon after his youngest son was born. The affair may have overlapped Clifford’s sexual encounter.
Trump’s attorney, Cohen, had already hired his own attorney, Stephen Ryan. The latter released a statement that said the raids were “inappropriate and unnecessary.”
The idea that Trump could pink slip Mueller has finally begun to get traction with most Democrats and a few Republicans. They have urged the Republican leaders to set in motion something that would protect Mueller, but the GOP leaders responded that it was not yet time.
It is as if the Republicans have not been able to wrap their minds around the reality that the president has been mere millimeters away from doing just that for months. The GOP has been remarkably silent about Trump’s wild actions, refusing to hold him accountable.
Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), said the act of firing the special counsel “would be suicide:”
‘It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller.’
Top House Democrat, Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA), called the president’s attacks “utter contempt:”
‘(A) grave reminder of his utter contempt for the rule of law.’
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