In Washington, D.C., a troubling rumor is circulating that President Donald Trump is planning to fire special counsel Robert Mueller after Congress departs the Capital next Friday, December 22.
The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.
An attempt by President Trump to fire Mueller would trigger a Constitutional crisis similar to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, when the former President ordered his Attorney General to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, which led to a series of resignations that continued until Nixon found an AG willing to do his bidding.
“The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.”— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) December 16, 2017
- Congresswoman Jackie Speier#ThingsThatMakeTrumpSmile
Speier also believes Trump is attempting to shut down the House investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. With no witnesses scheduled for next year, 2017's remaining witnesses were all scheduled for testimony in New York by House Intelligence Committee Republicans — despite important votes coming up in D.C. — making travel from the Capital difficult for any congresspeople.
We can read between the lines I think. I believe this president wants all of this shut down. He wants to shut down these investigations, and he wants to fire special counsel Mueller.
“The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.” - @RepSpeier on @KQEDnews— #MarchForTruth (@MarchForTruth17) December 16, 2017
Republicans have scheduled no witnesses after next Friday and none in 2017 [sic]. We have dozens of outstanding witnesses on key aspects of our investigation that they refuse to contact and many document requests they continue to sit on.
The responsibility to conduct a thorough investigation, or to prevent one, ultimately falls on @SpeakerRyan. I’m concerned he's heeding the calls of Bannon and @POTUS to “DO SOMETHING” by closing down the Russia investigation & opening up another investigation of Hilary Clinton.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 15, 2017
In what may be a first step towards Mueller's firing, lawyers representing Trump's transition team unlawfully obtained tens of thousands of emails supposedly protected by attorney-client privilege. The General Services Administration, which oversees Presidential transitions, gave the emails to Mueller's team, and Trump's lawyers claim the GSA "did not own or control the records in question."
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.
According to @BuzzFeedNews, the Trump transition agreed there would be no expectation of privacy as to emails sent via government servers. Accordingly, the government agency (TSA) produced the emails to Mueller without a warrant. If true, not an issue. https://t.co/702xcJAhAD— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 17, 2017
As of this writing, Trump's lawyers claim there are "no plans" to fire Mueller. With rumors circulating since Mueller's appointment in May that Trump wants to show him the door, it's very possible the special counsel will stay on board until the investigation is concluded. If not, many organizations are already organizing rallies and protests to combat what they see as an unconstitutional act against the justice system.