Here’s something to watch out for.
There seems to be a concerted effort to manufacture a groundswell of demands that Robert Mueller resign. Here’s Fox News: “Mueller facing new Republican pressure to resign in Russia probe“.
The whole team is in on it. Rep Trent Franks (R-AZ) “The federal code could not be clearer – Mueller is compromised by his apparent conflict of interest in being close with James Comey.” Chris Christie on Fox and Friends: “If the facts that you just laid out are true, then somebody with Bob Mueller’s integrity will step aside and should.” The Wall Street Journal Oped page, calling for Mueller’s resignation: “Two pertinent questions: Did the dossier trigger the FBI probe of the Trump campaign, and did Mr. Comey or his agents use it as evidence to seek wiretapping approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Trump campaign aides?” Kimberley Strassel, columnist for WSJ: “Now we know Mueller is probing Democrat-funded Russian allegations, time for him to stand down.” Sinclair Broadcasting’s DC affiliate: “New details on Russia, Democrats and the FBI lead to calls for Mueller to resign“. There are numerous other examples, all in the last couple days.
An obvious question to ask is whether the new furor over “Uranium One”, the White House’s particularly aggressive attacks on Clinton today and this chorus of calls for Mueller’s resignation are tied to news tonight that Mueller has made his first indictment. Regardless, how do we read this chorus of demands? Is it designed to intimidate Mueller? I doubt it. He is highly, highly unlikely to resign. I think the aim is to manufacture a chorus of ‘demands’ that President Trump can ‘respond to’ by firing Mueller and ending the investigation altogether.
Do I think this will happen? I don’t think so. But I never imagined that Trump would fire James Comey either.
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