Is Mueller Safe?

Yesterday morning when the news came across that the FBI had raided the office of Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, I applauded.  Score one.  But then, the thought came to mind that this would likely make Trump all the more determined to shut down the Mueller investigation.  I pushed that thought back into the recesses of my mind, for I had other work in front of me with a (temporarily) greater sense of urgency, for I was drafting my Open Letter to Congress.

Meanwhile, Trump’s little twittering fingers were on the move …

“It’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. When I saw this, when I heard about it, that is a whole new level of unfairness.”

“These people [Mueller’s team] have the biggest conflicts of interest I have ever seen. Democrats — all. Either Democrats or a couple of Republicans who worked for President Obama.”

Mueller himself is a republican, as has often been noted.

“Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens.”

And let’s not forget to spread the blame …

“The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this and when [he] recused himself or he certainly should have let us know if he was going to recuse himself and we would have put a different attorney general in. So he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country. But you’ll figure that out.”

It is difficult to predict, with any degree of certainty, what Trump will actually do beyond the bluster.  I am fairly certain that what he wants to do is fire both Sessions and Rosenstein, put somebody in as Attorney General who will bow to his wishes, and have that person fire Mueller and his team.  What will stop him?  It is to be hoped that he will be stopped by the advice of his advisors … highly paid men and women whose sole purpose in life is to keep Trump from self-destructing.  But it is said that he has almost completely stopped listening to the advice of his advisors and is “going with his gut” (Oh such terrible mental images that brings!) and that he is more likely to heed what he hears on Fox News than what those such as John Kelly might tell him.

And to that point, yesterday the Associate Press (AP) carried a story titled: To Hell With It: Trump Increasingly Weary of Staff Advice.  An excerpt …

“Managing a boss who despises being managed is a difficult game. And those who have succeeded have proceeded carefully. Some aides, convinced that Trump puts more stock in what he sees on TV than in his own aides’ advice, regularly phone prominent commentators and news hosts to provide talking points on everything from tax policy to Syria in hopes of influencing Trump. Similar strategies have also been embraced by foreign governments and outside groups trying to sway the president’s thinking.”

I ask that you think about this one for a few moments, folks. The leader of this nation is a man-child who needs to be ‘managed’ in order to keep him from destroying not only our nation, but the rest of the world as well.  Now, add to that picture the following scenario …

John Kelly (talking on phone): Hey, Sam!  John Kelly here … how’s it hanging?  Yeah?  Good, good.  Listen, I need a yuge favour, if you can.  Yeah, he tore up another of my memos, and won’t let me into the office … in fact, he’s barricaded himself in there and isn’t letting anyone in but Kellyanne.  Eh?  Yeah, we wondered that too, but let’s not even go there, okay?  Listen, the reason I called … this Scott Pruitt thing is gonna come back and bite us hard and soon, and we’re trying to convince “King Don” that Pruitt has to go ASAP … damage control, y’know?  But he isn’t listening, so we were hoping perhaps one of your guys could … like … mention it during the nine-o’clock hour?  Yeah, that’d be great!!!  He listens to you!  Thanks a million … I owe ya one! Yeah, for sure … my next grandchild will be named for you!

Far-fetched?  Sure it is … or … is it?  Another excerpt from the AP story:

The speech was written. A cast of relatable Americans with emotional stories was standing by to reinforce the message. But President Donald Trump was in no mood to play along.

“The hell with it,” Trump said, recounting the scene with his aides to a West Virginia crowd last week. Trump tossed the staff-prepared remarks on tax cuts in the air and ducked as the paper fluttered to the floor. “I said, ‘This is boring, come on.’ Tell it like it is.”

He threw away a speech that others had put hours of work, not to mention knowledge, into and that he, Trump, had likely not even read.  Just like that.  As if his ‘superior knowledge’ outweighed the collective decades of experience of his high-level staff and advisors.

“Attorney–client privilege is dead!”

Interesting thing about that.  If the information the FBI sought involved the $130,000 payout by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels that Trump claims to know nothing about, then there can be no ‘attorney-client’ privilege, for there could have been no conversation, if Trump knew nothing about it.  See?  Also, there is a crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege.  We are not privy, nor should we be at this point, to precisely what the FBI was seeking and why, so it wouldn’t pay to speculate, but it is known that Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud and Trump & Co are under investigation for the Russian connections.  Cohen was known to have contacted the Russians in 2016.  There are just too many possibilities, too many strands to the tangled web, for us to speculate with any degree of meaning.

Now to the point here.  Everyone in his inner circle, with the likely exception of Kellyanne, knows that to bring about an end to the Mueller investigation would be seen as an admission of guilt.  But … he isn’t listening to any of those advisors.  He has ‘gone rogue’ and nobody at this point can predict what Trump will do … not even Trump himself, I suspect.

To fire Mueller would, indeed, be an admission of guilt.  But then, we are all pretty certain that Trump is guilty as it stands anyway.  The only question remaining for most of us is:  how guilty, and of precisely what?  Perhaps Robert Mueller already has answers to those questions and is now putting together the timeline and documentation.  The real question is; will he be allowed to finish this important work?  And if he is fired, what happens next? I’m not sure, but the one thing I am sure of is that if the Mueller investigation is shuttered, things in this country are going to get ugly, and we need to keep our eye on this ball.  We must learn the truth … We The People have that right, above all else.

Stay tuned …

47 thoughts on “Is Mueller Safe?

  1. I know the ‘mentally unstable’ thing was tried before, but couldn’t they just use it as an excuse and kick him sideways? I’m sure Trump could save face by claiming ill health or something. The longer this drags out the more people will become polarized between those who have too much to lose if he goes and those who want him gone by any means. It’s turning into an impossible situation. :/

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    • You and David think much alike … he keeps saying Trump might resign to save face, but … won’t happen. He is the most extreme example of a narcissist I have ever seen, and truly believes he is invincible. For him, walking away would be the ultimate disgrace, for he thinks as long as he keeps bullying and threatening, he will never be held accountable for anything he has done. And even if he is, well, he has ‘the best’ lawyers who will, as they always have, saved his patootie. As to having him declared incompetent … yeah, there is the 25th amendment, but … it requires the Vice President and a majority of either a) Trump’s hand-picked cabinet, or b) Congress to agree to it. Ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. It is indeed an ugly situation, and I think that we are going to see it get a lot uglier before we can even begin to clean up the mess. The baby is not yet done regurgitating! Sigh. Want to trade homes for a year or so?

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      • 😦
        I don’t pray but I’m praying he’s not re-elected for a 2nd term. And no, wouldn’t be in your place for all the tea in China. Of course you could come for an extended holiday. 😀

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        • In all honesty, I do not believe he will make it to the end of his first term. If he does, it will be as an autocrat who buried the U.S. Constitution and wrote his own playbook. An extended holiday in Oz sounds pretty good. I saw a picture the other day of a street in, I believe it was Melbourne, that looked simply delightful. The Guardian has been doing a series featuring Australia this week, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve seen of it.

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  2. Apparently a lot of people even amongst the Republicans want Mueller to continue. Wouldn’t that make him somewhat safe? Oh, probably not. I don’t know. This is all very strange. What happened to independent jurisdiction? – But wasn’t that exactly the scenario that cost Nixon his (metaphorical) head?

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    • Indeed, I was reading this morning that the majority of republicans want the investigation to continue. Now if the ones in Congress would put their money where their mouth is, so to speak, and push through some emergency, veto-proof legislation to protect the Special Counsel and his team from termination, perhaps we could breathe again. Yes, it was very similar with Nixon … they called it the Saturday Night Massacre!

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  3. The thought of any president saying ‘this is boring’ is not a happy one. His position is administration on a massive scale.
    I used to tell my staff ‘You may feeling many things. Annoyance, frustration, confusion, depression and so forth. But if you tell me you are bored, then you are not doing your job,’

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  4. Jill, I agree that he will try to fire him and may eventually be successful, but that would only cause him greater problems. As Mueller gets closer, the tirades will only increase. The biggest scream will occur when his son-in-law is indicted of using his position for financial advantage.

    If he does it sooner, the Southern New York District Court has the Cohen case, so my guess is it will go on. As for the witch hunt claim, there have been five guilty pleas and one serious indictment of Mannafort.

    Plus, there is one thing that is hard to ignore, the President appears to be guilty of obstruction of justice. Keith

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    • There is so much evidence that something is amiss … I’m fairly certain Mueller will be terminated within the next two weeks, perhaps much sooner. But that will be, as I see it, the beginning of the end of the trumpian era. Mueller is a very smart man, and I’m betting he has his own arse covered in multiple ways. Plus, I’m betting that the majority will not take it lying down. And you are right … Cohen is going DOWN and taking Trump with him. But … in the final analysis … all of this is not good for the nation, not good for our system of government, and NOT good for We The People. Sigh.

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  5. Dear Jill,

    Of course, the president is going to fire the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. The only question is how?
    The White House spokes-person Sarah Huckabee Saunders announced today (4/10/18) that the White House has determined that the president can indeed fire Mr. Mueller. This is a tell that this subject has been discussed.

    My guess is that the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions or the DOJ’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will go first. But what do I know.

    It is time to man the phones to let our US Senators and US congressional representatives know that if this happens, their jobs are toast.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Indeed! He cannot fire Mueller directly, but he can fire Rosenstein and/or Sessions, then try to convince the next in line, and … well, remember the Saturday Night Massacre? I only hope that Mueller is as smart as I think he is, and has already sent copies of his findings thus far to the congressional committees, and to every major media outlet OUTSIDE the U.S.!!! If he gets this investigation shut down, I believe it will signal a new day, the beginning of the end of Donald Trump. Sigh. I have been phoning (difficult because of my hearing, but I try) and writing much of the day today. I guess at this point, it’s … let the chips fall where they may, because either way, I think Donnie’s days are numbered.

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  6. They wouldn’t dare tell the whole truth as the world would probably not stop laughing till the next millennium. Mueller is probably deciding evennoe what you dare know without damaging the integrity of the office that Trump has besmirched day on day.
    Cwtch

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    • No, I’m sure we will never know everything, but I sincerely hope we are able to learn enough to take action to evict Trump from his cushy seat! And a few others … actually, several others … along with him.

      Cwtch Mawr

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  7. I surely don’t know if Mueller is safe. However, if Trump were to fire Mueller, you can be pretty sure that it won’t solve Trump’s problems. It is likely that Mueller already has made arrangements so that, in case he is fired, what he has found will get out — at least to congressional committees.

    Trump is clearly very angry. And his anger is already somewhat of an admission of guilt.

    As I understand it, Trump cannot fire Mueller. He would have to order Rosenstein to do that. And it looks as if Rosenstein would refuse. So Trump would have to fire Rosenstein or Sessions first. It’s hard to predict where things would go from there.

    There are many people keyed up to demonstrate if Rosenstein or Mueller is fired. Careful use of google can locate the demonstration sites near you.

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    • I strongly suspect that Trump will command Rosenstein to fire Mueller. I think Rosenstein will refuse, thereby sealing his own fate and ensuring his immediate termination. Sessions may be fired as well, but that is a moot point at the moment. Then Trump will try to coerce the next in line … and the next and the next until … well, you remember the Saturday Night Massacre, right? But, you are quite right that it won’t be the end, but merely the beginning of Trump’s real problems, for it will serve as an admission of guilt, and even those who have been licking his boots will be compelled to take action.

      I hope that Mueller has already made arrangements for all his findings to be shared, not only with the congressional committees, but with every overseas news agency, such as Reuters, The Guardian, BBC, der Spiegel, and also the Associated Press and NPR in the event of an untimely halt to the proceedings!

      Back in mid-2015, I laughed when Trump threw his hat in the ring. In early 2016, I was still laughing, as he was such an obvious buffoon that I could not even imagine him gaining the GOP nomination, let alone the presidency. Somewhere along the line, I quit laughing. I predicted some terrible times, but the reality has far exceeded even my very worst predictions. Every time I think we have nowhere to go but up, that we have hit rock bottom, I am proven wrong. I am obviously no Nostradamus!

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  8. Another day, another whatever this “presidency” is. It was refreshing last night, as much as I love Seth Meyers’ A Closer Look, to hear about his wife giving birth to their second son in the lobby of their building. I loved your Open Letter the other day. I saw it popping up on reblogs all over the place! Have a good rest of your Tuesday…

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    • Yeah, I know … it all rather runs together these days, doesn’t it? Yes, the Open Letter piece went nearly viral, which shocked the heck out of me, for I was mostly just letting off some steam when I wrote it! Hugs, dear Emily! Hope your week is going well and happy!

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