So Donald Trump is, by some accounts, about to make a catastrophic mistake.
I mean, he makes catastrophic mistakes all the time, but now, he’s thinking about firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
That’s according to Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Trump’s and the CEO of the conservative Newsmax Media. Here’s Ruddy:
That comes on the heels of comments attributed to Newt Gingrich who on Sunday told old radio host John Catsimatidis this:
Congress should abolish the independent counsel. I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel. Because Comey makes so clear that it’s the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the FBI director leaking to The New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation. It’s very sick.
The former House Speaker took it up a notch on Monday:
Some folks were understandably confused, given that would be the same Newt who tweeted this just last month:
So from Mueller is “impeccable” and “honest” and “media should calm down” to it’s completely “delusional” to think Mueller is honest and everyone should freak the fuck out, in the short space of three weeks. Thanks, Newt. That really clears things up.
Make no mistake, firing Mueller would be a PR disaster for Trump. It would put him in the position of having fired the FBI Director leading the investigation into the administration’s ties to Moscow and then firing the special counsel appointed to resume that same investigation.
Nope, nothing suspicious about that.
And indeed, it wouldn’t matter, as Adam Schiff made abundantly clear:
Trump’s aides also realize how it would look.
“He is being advised by many people not to do it,” a source close to the President said, adding that “no one is recommending it.”
Of course “no one is recommending” Trump continue to attack the judiciary and the free press on Twitter either, but that’s exactly what the President did this morning, as he fumed about the 9th Circuit’s latest move to impede his travel ban.
“We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress,” the Appeals court said, in a decision handed down Monday. “Immigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show.”
Now cue Trump:
Just to show you how absolutely oblivious Trump truly is, this latest Twitter attack on the judiciary comes despite the fact that the court cited Trump’s previous tweets in their decision. Here’s the quote:
Indeed, the President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s ‘travel ban.’
And here’s the tweet that references:
Thankfully, the fact that Trump is even considering firing Mueller and the fact that he just tweeted about the 9th Circuit a day after the court cited the President’s tweets in an unfavorable ruling proves (again) that Trump will not stop until he has gotten himself impeached.