The public has been sitting on the uncomfortable edge of wondering whether Donald Trump will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the links between all the president’s men and Russia. Yet, the president’s Chief Counsel John Dowd said something that turned the whole situation upon its head.
Dowd told USA Today that Donald Trump has been emailing the special counsel Robert Mueller with “appreciations and greetings:”
‘He appreciates what Bob Mueller is doing. He asked me to share that with him and that’s what I’ve done. The president has sent messages back and forth.’
Wait a minute. Should Trump even be communicating directly with Mueller during this intense investigation? It is legal, but is it ethical? Granted, 45 does not have the ability to can Mueller, but there are ways to circumvent that technicality. In addition, what about the loud “witch hunt” drumbeat that 45 has been spreading around the Twittersphere?
The president can fire his sitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and that looked like a real possibility. He blamed his AG for Mueller coming onto the scene, after Sessions recused himself, even though the AG really had no choice to do otherwise.
The president fired former FBI Director James Comey and has made rumblings against Mueller, so could he fire the special counsel? Dowd said no, according to USA Today:
‘That’s never been on the table, never. It’s a manifestation of the media. My dealings with Bob Mueller have always been cordial, respectful — the way it should be.’
A new AG could fire Mueller, but Sessions is not leaving. The president tried to humiliate and bully the AG into leaving, but that did not work. For some reason, Trump has been hesitant to fire the man directly, so far.
Now, a bipartisan group of senators have introduced legislation to further complicate Trump’s ability to fire Mueller. That legislation would force Trump to show judges adequate legal reasons for firing him. It only gets worse for The Donald.
Now, the special counsel has a Washington, D.C. grand jury to sit in judgment on whether Trump’s people colluded with the Russians in trying to sway the 2016 presidential election. Another deterrent is that the public has taken notice of the situation. Yet, with Trump, nothing is simple or straight-forward.
Maybe Trump has been trying to win Mueller over with his charm and charisma. Given the special counsel’s personality, that is not likely to work. Plus, Dowd is not giving away any secrets, reported USA Today:
‘We get along well with Bob Mueller; our communications have been constructive. But it is important that our communications remain confidential. It’s important that there not be any breakdown in that trust.’
The saga just keeps getting more and more interesting. Check out this MSNBC video about Alan Dershowitz’s possible involvement in the Trump-Mueller affair:
Alan Dershowitz, refusing to answer if he has accepted money or provided any formal council to Donald Trump over the Mueller investigation ? pic.twitter.com/P3FhP0gJue
— This Is Not Normal (@NetworkJunkyz) August 7, 2017