It must be galling to Donald Trump that he has to sit tight on the things he has planned. He is one who filters neither his speech nor his actions. If he thinks it at any given moment, it free-falls from either his mouth or his thumbs on Twitter. If he wants to say it, he says it. If he wants to do it, he does it. Rarely in his life has he seen any lasting consequences for his speech or actions, so why stop now? But now he is being strongly cautioned by his top advisors, lawyers, and the GOP that to act now would almost certainly doom the Republican Party on November 6th, and likely bring about the ultimate end of the Reign of Trump. Democracy hangs in the balance, and if he wishes to defeat it, he must bide his time.
What are those plans he is being forced to sit on? All the steps that would lead to ending the Mueller investigation, the last remaining impediment to his autocracy. Plain and simple. Listen to what he had to say on Fox and Friends this morning when asked if he is planning to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
“I’m not doing anything — I want to get the elections over with, we’ll see what happens. I’m very disappointed that we go through this witch hunt, this ridiculous witch hunt… there’s no collusion. There is no collusion. There’s no collusion. There is collusion with Hillary Clinton and the Russians, but there’s no collusion with the Republicans, and there’s certainly no collusion with Donald Trump. And everyone knows it, and they ought to get it over with and save a lot of money, and a lot of time.”
‘Everyone’ knows it? Who, exactly, constitutes ‘everyone’?
More of what he’s been saying all along? Sure, but … remember a couple of weeks ago when he had summoned Rod Rosenstein to the White House, everyone was certain he was about to fire him, then … nothing? My best guess is that he had every intention of firing him that day, but people with functioning minds strongly warned against it so close to the mid-term elections. The stakes are high next month for the GOP and they are not about to let Trump blow it if they can help it.
We already have enough evidence pointing to the Russians having intervened on behalf of Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. Where there is smoke, there’s bound to be a fire. Robert Mueller’s team is under the gun to make certain they can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that what they report is true, for their report will no doubt be subject to the highest scrutiny, held under the strongest magnifying glass and picked apart many times over. The ‘I’s must be dotted and the ‘T’s must be crossed. That takes time. Trump’s goal is to make certain they don’t have that time.
What happens if Trump has his way, if the mid-term elections result in an ongoing republican majority in both the House and the Senate, if he fires first Sessions, then Rosenstein? Trump does not have the legal authority to fire Rosenstein directly, although he thumbs his nose at the limits of his legal authority, and in many cases gets by with it. Solicitor General Noel Francisco is next in the line of succession if Rosenstein were gone, and he would then have oversight of the investigation.
Trump could legally pursue a number of options from telling Francisco to stop Mueller from pursuing any avenue of inquiry that involves Trump’s financial records or other sensitive topics, or he could order him to fire Mueller and either allow the investigation to continue with a replacement (or without a special counsel at all) or shut it down entirely. In the past 21 months, Trump has neatly skirted the law more than once, has taken the stance that he, as president, is above the law, that it simply does not apply to him, and, because of a consenting majority in Congress, has pretty much had a free reign.
The Mueller investigation is not a witch hunt, is not a hoax, and is very much a legitimate investigation that is expected to produce eye-opening results that should lead to some changes in our government. If it is shut down, or Mueller’s hands tied tightly as the FBI’s were in the sham of a Kavanaugh investigation, then folks … we are in trouble. Today we still have a voice … we can vote the sycophants who have given Trump free rein out of Congress in less than four weeks. We can work to convince others to vote to remove that boot-licking republican majority from Congress so that Congress can once again become what it was intended: an oversight on the power of the executive branch. I predict that if we fail in this mission, we may not have another chance in our lifetimes. Many will argue that the Constitution will protect our freedoms, but I believe that the strength of the Constitution has already been chipped away and eroded by the current administration and it is only a matter of time before it is burned.
The moral of this long-winded story: VOTE!!!