Trump Won’t Fire Mueller, So They Say

Image via the AP.

As FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation looks like it’s
gaining on the Cadillac One, rumors
resurfaced
this weekend that President Trump might fire
Mueller. On Saturday, a new surprise–Mueller has thousands
of transition team emails! But firing Mueller hasn’t come
up, why do you keep asking every goddamn scandal?

Here’s what happened:

  • On Friday, Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier

    told KQED
    that “rumor on the Hill” on Thursday was that
    Trump plans to fire Mueller on December 22nd when Congress
    and the Senate are not in session.
  • On Friday, Walter Shaub, the former director of the US
    Office of Government Ethics who resigned this summer after
    heavily implying that it was impossible to enforce ethics
    under the Trump Administration
    , issued a
    statement
    sounding “alarms”: “The coordinated effort by
    President Trump and his surrogates to discredit the Mueller
    investigation raises serious alarms. Rather than making
    themselves complicit in this assault on the rule of law,
    Members of Congress should send a clear message to the
    President that firing Mueller is a red line he must not
    cross.”
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted a warning to
    Republicans that firing Mueller would be a huge mistake:

  • No, Eric
    , Republican Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn
    tweeted on Saturday, adding that Mueller needs to “clean
    house of partisans.”
  • On Saturday, Axios reported that the FBI special counsel
    had obtained tens of thousands of emails exchanged amongst the
    Trump transition team (the
    link is currently
    down). Michael Flynn had a transition
    team account.
  • Subsequently Kory Langhofer, the Trump transition team’s
    legal counsel,
    wrote in a letter
    to congressional committees that the
    emails included privileged information and their submission
    violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable
    search and seizure. That is BS,
    according to
    former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.
  • Axios
    reports
    that the transition team will send a separate
    letter to Mueller asking for the emails back. For what, you
    might ask, but Axios notes that Republicans may argue that if
    the emails were obtained “by questionable means” it could
    “taint or undermine the investigation.”
  • On Sunday morning, FBI special council spokesperson Peter
    Carr
    told Axios
    that the emails were obtained legally: “When
    we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal
    investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s
    consent or appropriate criminal process.”
  • CNN hears from “sources familiar with the matter” that
    Trump’s private lawyers
    will be meeting
    with Mueller soon to “gain a clearer
    understanding of the next steps in Mueller’s probe.”
    Interesting.
  • On Saturday, White House special counsel Ty Cobb told CNN

    in a statement
    that, no, Trump is not firing Mueller. “As
    the White House has consistently said for months, there is no
    consideration of firing the special counsel.”
  • On Sunday Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he has

    no reason to believe
    Trump will fire Mueller. They had
    dinner on Saturday, and it didn’t come up.
  • “It’s a giant distraction,” he said, and added that “People
    want to focus on other things.”
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders
    says
    they expect to be wrapping it up soon.
  • And then Trump can get back to
    instigating
    the Apocalypse on Twitter from bed in a

    Diet Coke-fueled
    tantrum.

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