In Brief — An exploration of the assorted ways Trump and the shameful Republican Party are damaging America and arguably the world. Also, the steps toward firing the special counsel. [Written in July 2017.]
A Child-Man and Republicans Pursue Destruction —
It is said that the mills of the gods grind slow. While it may appear to be moving slowly toward resolution, the destruction of America is actually proceeding at a swift pace that may take decades to reverse and move in a rational direction.
Even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller moves toward exposing and possibly prosecuting Trump, his aides and his family, we don’t know for sure. Hints abound in that Mueller is hiring specialists in money laundering, requesting Trump’s tax records from the IRS, looking at Jared Kushner’s business dealings with Russia, Donald Jr.’s meeting with Vladimir Putin’s friends and more. All of this is reportedly related to Russia. Trump has even said that Mueller’s looking at Trump’s tax records has crossed a “red line” that may lead to Trump firing Mueller.
All of Special Counsel Mueller’s moves suggest that Trump is in the cross-hairs. Because of this, among other strategies Trump’s lawyers are focusing on looking for ways to show that Mueller has conflicts of interest. Whether it’s Mueller’s former clients, donations to the Democratic Party, the possibility of Trump’s ability to pardon targeted individuals (even himself!), firing Mueller would create a constitutional crisis the likes of which America has never seen.
Steps Required to Fire Mueller
The question of what Trump must do in order to be able to fire Mueller are listed below. [Note: my legal experience is lacking in the bizarre world of Washington politics, so this is only approximate, but it’s in the ball park.]
- Fire Attorney General Sessions — That may pose a problem since Sessions has recused himself from anything having to do with Russia. That has already caused Trump to sour on Sessions. As this is being written in mid-July, Sessions has refused to step down, but that may change at any moment. A further question mark after Sessions’ departure is whether Trump will name a replacement who has not recused himself.
- If Sessions is removed — Second in command at the Department of Justice is Rod Rosenstein. He’s the guy who appointed Mueller in the first place, so he would likely have to go. Next comes Rachel Brand. Would she resign or be fired? Trump is looking for someone with the authority to fire Mueller AND someone who will be loyal to him (Trump). Who will that be? See the further question mark above.
- Somebody in the Justice Department is eligible — Assuming that somebody in the department is found (Dana Boente comes to mind), only then could Mueller be fired. That would lead to the constitutional crisis referred to above. All hell would break loose…and Putin would be smiling.
- Trump’s spokeswoman has stated that he…” has no intention to do so [fire Mueller] at this time.” Notice the last three words. Even Senator Bob Corker (R, TN) vaguely hinted that firing Mueller would be questionable. However, Republicans are already working to support Trump!
Although the Trump team appears to want to avoid exposing Trump to broad public condemnation, it is clear that Trump and his lawyers will expend enormous energy at undermining Mueller in the general public eye. It’s a risky gambit not least because Mueller has a squeaky clean reputation far and wide.
As said earlier, Trump and the Republican Party are bent on destruction by whatever means possible. Trump’s appointees are hard at work in a variety of areas, not just health care. Crowds have opposed Republican efforts to gut Obamacare and Trump cheers the Republicans on. Opposition to the Republican health care bill is admirable and must continue, but there are other areas deserving of opposition: environment, voting rights, national parks, LGBT rights, climate change, immigrants, women’s rights, public schools and more. Are you willing to stand by passively and allow this destruction to happen?
It now appears that the mills of the gods are grinding faster and faster, so the procedure given may be academic by the time this blog piece appears. That aside, America will still have the Republican Party to contend with, so hold the cheering.
The 2018 elections are your opportunity to save America. Vote the road-blocks out. VOTE!
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