Monday, December 18, 2017

Brace For Impact

The Mueller investigation must be getting close to doing something or else why would the Trumpistas be blasting their denials and accusations of bias at full cry?

Trump on Sunday sought to douse speculation that he may fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III amid an intensifying campaign by Trump allies to attack the wide-ranging Russia investigation as improper and politically motivated.

Returning to the White House from Camp David, Trump was asked Sunday whether he intended to fire Mueller. “No, I’m not,” he told journalists, insisting that there was “no collusion whatsoever” between his campaign and Russia.

The president’s comments came a day after a lawyer representing Trump’s transition team accused Mueller of wrongfully obtaining thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration — a legal and public relations maneuver seen as possibly laying the groundwork to oust the special counsel.

Trump criticized Mueller for gaining access to those emails, telling reporters the situation was “not looking good.”

“It’s quite sad to see that,” Trump said. “My people were very upset about it.”

Mueller’s spokesman denied wrongdoing, and some legal experts questioned the claim that the emails were improperly obtained.

The outcry over Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference grew louder over the weekend among Trump loyalists and conservative media figures. Although Trump has publicly and privately criticized the Department of Justice and the FBI and voiced displeasure with his appointees there, the president’s advisers insisted he is not aiming his ire at Mueller.

“As the White House has repeatedly and emphatically said for months, there is no consideration about firing or replacing the special counsel with whom the White House has fully cooperated in order to permit a fully vetted yet prompt conclusion,” Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer overseeing the Russia matter, said Sunday in a statement.

There could be indictments as soon as this week.  If that happens, the question arises as to how Trump and his minions will react.

We already know that Trump doesn’t take bad news well, and we’ve heard how his staff sugar-coats his Presidential Daily Briefings (PDB) with puffery and happy-talk stories about how wonderful things are under his regime so as not to upset him.  So who knows what he’ll do or what buttons he’ll push in response to a federal indictment of him or his senior staff.

Firing Mueller would be the least of our worries.  What if Kim Jong-un scratches his ass?