Donald Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller.
According to the New York Times, it happened last June, about a month after Mueller was appointed as a special counsel. Trump was adamant that Mueller should be disposed and insisted it be carried out in private conversation’s with aides. He ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to carry out the firing and in response McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.
Trump backed down after that and his current counsel, Ty Cobb, urged a more cooperative approach when he came onboard in July 2017.
McGahn wasn’t the only one freaked out at the possibility of an Archibald Cox moment. According to the Washington Post, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus were privy to these conversations as well and were terrified at the possibility that Trump would go through with firing Mueller. Their discussions about what to do with Trump if he did it centered around the 25th amendment, which allows the Vice President and the Cabinet to remove a president from power should he become “incapacitated” or unable to lead.
Let’s analyze and speculate for a minute here.
First a question: was this explosive revelation contained in the documents McGahn kept “locked in a safe?” McGahn has been a frequent interview target for the special counsel and by all accounts he has been relatively cooperative. What else does McGahn know about this incident? Are there more explosive details like Trump explicitly saying that he wants to fire Mueller to stop the Russia investigation?
Second point: there is ZERO chance that this is a coincidence. None. I know we need to wait for the investigators, judges, juries to make an official conclusion, but come on…he fired one person investigating him (James Comey) and tried to fire another? No way that’s not a pattern.
So why is this stuff coming out now? Well, it could be a Mueller leak as an insurance policy in case he needs to issue a subpoena to Trump to compel his testimony. But this doesn’t make sense because Mueller allegedly learned about these attempts months ago and began a public coordination with attorney generals who couldn’t be fired by Trump. It could be a McGahn leak to cover his butt as Mueller gets closer and closer to the truth about what happened. It could be a Kushner leak to distract from a possible pending indictment. It could be anyone, hell, they’re all complicit enabling this spray-tanned jerk.
The bottom line is this: it is becoming increasingly clear that Trump has engaged in serious criminal conduct while in the White House. It could be because he’s a thug by nature, but I don’t think that’s the case here. I think that there’s a “thing” there with Russia, that he knows what it is and he’s terrified that it will come out.
That is the only rational explanation that I can theorize for explaining such incompetent, malevolent behavior.