Oh … brother. Donald John Trump keeps stumbling toward, oh I have no idea at this point!
The New York Times has uncovered yet another blockbuster story. The president actually ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller — but backed off when White House counsel Don McGahn said he would resign rather than carry out the order.
Can you say, Saturday Night Massacre II?
The “massacre” occurred in 1973 when President Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special counsel Archibald Cox; Richardson quit. Then the president turned to William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox; Ruckelshaus quit as well. Up stepped Solicitor General Robert Bork to carry out the order; Bork did it. The rest, as they say, is history.
I believe in my heart of hearts that Donald Trump owes McGahn a huge debt of thanks for saving him from himself.
Can we ever keep the president’s stories straight?
He says Mueller is conducting a “witch hunt.” Then he pledges complete cooperation with Mueller’s probe into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian seeking to influence the 2016 election outcome. The president expresses anger that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe. He says there’s not reason to talk to Mueller. Then he says he’ll submit to questions “under oath.” He said he has no intention to fire the special counsel.
Now comes this report that Donald Trump actually ordered Mueller’s firing, only to challenged openly by the White House’s lawyer.
Does this man — the president — have any clue as to the political destruction that would occur were he to actually fire Mueller?
My hunch is much of that damage might be done with this report.
And the saga continues …