That series of events -- and tweets -- taken in a vacuum, would send a very clear message that Trump is sick and tired of Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election and the possibility of collusion with the Russians.
The President wants this whole thing over with. Now.
But, the context is even more damning in that regard. Trump has, for months, attacked the Mueller investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt." He celebrated the end of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling despite the fact that two of the Republicans on the committee seemed to undermine its conclusion within days. (Not to mention the fact that none of the Democrats on the committee were consulted about the decision to end the investigation.)
Then there is the lying. Because Trump purposely changes the accepted facts, let's go through some of them.
his entire life -- until very recently. McCabe has said he voted for Republicans for president in every election prior to 2016.
Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
2. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a man put into his job by Sessions -- Trump's pick to lead the Justice Department. Sessions' decision to recuse himself -- because he was a surrogate for Trump during the 2016 election -- is why Rosenstein is overseeing the probe.
3. Trump is right that there is no collusion -- yet. Remember (as he doesn't) that the Mueller investigation and the Senate Intelligence Committee are ongoing. That doesn't mean they will find collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. But, it does mean that Trump can't definitively say no collusion has been found. What he could say -- but won't -- is that no evidence of collusion has been made public to date.
4. Whether or not any collusion is found, it's impossible to describe the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt. Three former aides to Trump's campaign -- including Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser -- have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and are cooperating with the investigation. Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, faces more than 300 years in prison due to a series of charges of financial malfeasance Mueller has brought against him. More than a dozen Russians have been charged by Mueller with building and executing a broad-scale strategy aimed at influencing the 2016 election. That's not a hoax. Or a witch hunt. Or a media-created controversy.
Even if you believe the Dowd statement was a case of mistaken attribution, why did Dowd choose to say it fewer than 24 hours after McCabe was fired and amid a tweetstorm by Trump about Mueller, Comey and McCabe?
That's one hell of a coincidence, right?
"If you have an innocent client Mr. Dowd, act like it," scolded Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor, on "Fox News Sunday." "Russia attacked our country. Let special counsel Mueller figure that out. If you believe as we have found there is no evidence of collusion, you should want special counsel Mueller to take all the time, to have all the independence he needs to do his job."
Trump's lawyers have repeatedly insisted that the President has no plans to fire Mueller. But, everything coming out of the White House in the wake the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is that only Trump knows his mind. And that anyone who makes predictions about what Trump is thinking or will do is guessing.
Yes, firing Mueller would likely be political suicide by Trump.
But, the idea Trump wouldn't do something solely because it might be bad politics is belied by virtually his entire political career in which he has taken pride in doing exactly the thing everyone says he shouldn't.
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