Following the FBI raid on the home, office, hotel room, email (and pretty much everything else) of Trump’s personal lawyer — the president went on a wild rant — even by his own standards.
Trump went so far as to call the raid “an attack on our country” and “a whole new level of unfairness.”
President Trump then seemed to fire a veiled shot at Mueller.
Trump pointedly REFUSES to rule out firing Mueller. “I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on … We’ll see what happens. .. Many people have said you should fire him.” Then Trump pivots to Rosenstein, criticizes him for signing Carter Page FISA warrant. “We’ll see what happens.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 9, 2018
Per CNN, “A source close to the White House warned that Mueller’s decision could push Trump in the direction of taking action against the special counsel’s office.” This is certainly not the first time Trump has played this game, despite having been warned repeatedly that firing Robert Mueller would be the end of his presidency.
But can Trump stop himself? His hubris is such that he hired a lawyer to intervene in order to shield evidence uncovered during the FBI raid on Cohen. Trump is well aware of Mueller’s scope from the entirety of intelligence resources to the IRS, to the ability to seize assets. So far, Trump has been has been relatively restrained. How long can we expect that to last?
Fortunately, 300,000 people across the country have signed up to protest in the event that Trump ever executes on his threats to fire Mueller. Republican leaders have been publicly reticent to even accept the idea that Mueller needs to be protected from Trump’s whims. But Mueller’s aggressive new approach in which he is stopping oligarchs and other Russian-linked officials, coupled with the raid on Trump’s lawyer, it’s pretty clear that Mueller is now fully burrowed under the orange skin of our fearless leader.