In twenty four hours we've gone from "Surely the president isn't foolish enough to try and fire Mueller." to "When do you think the president will fire Mueller?" There's a Constitutional crisis on the horizon, which may test the nation as its never been tested in the past, and it's entirely possible that Trump's Republican backers could decide that they like being in power more than they are willing to support our form of government. We have entered very dark waters.
When Will President Trump Fire Robert Mueller?
The idea that Donald Trump might fire—or try to fire—Special Counsel Robert Mueller has bubbled up enough times to seem possible, but still improbable. For one thing (as Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, among others, can attest) press reports that this president might fire someone are frequently wrong. For another, it seemed that even Trump was prudent enough to avoid making the mistake that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency.
Yet Trump has a knack for making the wildly implausible suddenly imminent. In the last 36 hours, the idea of Mueller being fired—and the political crisis it would likely set off—has become distinctly real. In an interview with The New York Times, Trump all but said he would fire Mueller if his investigation went into places Trump didn’t like. Since then, several reports have suggested that Trump’s defense strategy, as investigations probe deeper into his life and administration, is to attack Mueller and attempt to discredit him. Increasingly, the operative question seems not to be whether Trump will try to fire Mueller, but when he will do so and what will push him over the edge.
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