President Trump was featured an interview with the New York Times that was published tonight.
The President has never wavered from his controversial positions on immigration, healthcare, tax reform, or any of the other nuances of his legislative agenda.
But this interview was less about his political accomplishments, and more about the pulsating scandal that has rocked the White House.
The Trump administration is looking at criminal and congressional scrutiny as it relates to alleged ties to the Russian Federation, and potential collusion during the 2016 campaign.
As the story has swirled, and the allegations have become reality, the Trump administration has employed over 40 lawyers to deal with the storm that was yet to come.
That storm is here, winter has arrived, and the Night King is the former director of the FBI.
His name is Robert Mueller, and he is charged with getting to the bottom of Russian meddling in our election, and potential collusion between the Trump administration, and the Kremlin.
Robert Mueller’s presence has changed the game, an incredible amount of revelations have hit the fan since Mueller assumed his position, which is part of a larger effort by the Trump administration to stay ahead of the story.
The Trump Jr meeting stuck a fork in that strategy, Mueller now has the inculpatory evidence he needs to convene a grand jury.
He could go to court right now with the case the press has built for him, and that does not even include the mountains of intelligence that have not yet hit the public domain.
Mueller’s leverage is a problem, because every false statement, every deleted email, every mistake, every threat, evert brain fart, every lie, all of it will bolster Mueller’s case, and turn the heat up on the President.
Congressional scrutiny will also make it difficult to make false statements, or withhold incriminating information, a point proven by Trump Jr being called to testify under oath less than 2 weeks after the story about his pow wow with a Russian envoy broke.
President Trump is in a tough spot.
Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump Jr are in legal jeopardy, and all three men are in possession of information that could be damaging to the President of the United States.
Jeff Sessions, and Michael Flynn also could be in hot water with investigators.
That’s 5 men with everything to lose, and the key to the jail cell will come in the form of cooperating with investigators.
Mueller wants Trump, he didn’t hire 50 lawyers to take down Jared Kushner, he is preparing to go after the President.
So during this very delicate time, it’s paramount that the President not incite Mueller, or publish anything even remotely close to intimidating.
Against that backdrop, Trump says this in his interview with the New York Times.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 19, 2017
The President of the United States is daring a career law enforcement officer do his job.
Trump sounds like a gangster, not a President.
This is an abuse of power by Donald J Trump, a clear threat to investigators that are closing in on his office, and this isn’t the first time the President has attempted to intimidate the Special Counsel’s office.
Robert Mueller should only be encouraged by this rhetoric, a statement this unhinged will motivate Mueller to dig even deeper into Trump finances.
The President incriminated himself, he told Mueller where to look.
It’s such an odd admission.
Trump is not in control of this investigation, he does not call the shots.
For the record, he cannot fire Mueller, only Rod Rosenstein can.
Trump also threw Jeff Sessions under the bus, harshly evaluating his Attorney General.
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the President,” Trump said, referring to himself. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the President”
“Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers,” the President said. “He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t.”
Trump’s strategy during this tirade is clear, he is setting the table to fire Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, and Robert Mueller, and he is explaining why.
This could backfire, because Mueller has enough to indict right now, and if he feels the investigation is on a time limit, he could file charges this weekend, and let the chips fall.
Some thought it was odd Mueller would allow Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr to testify next week with an ongoing criminal investigation at hand.
But it’s not odd if you look at it from Mueller’s perspective, of course there is evidence he can obtain by interrogating the suspects, but with a FISA warrant in place, and the sheer preponderance of evidence, he has more than enough to apply pressure already.
If one of them lies on the record next week, he can go after them for it.
Mueller is the man right now, he has all the cards.
New Fox poll:
33% approve of Trump on Russia
32% approve of Trump on health care
54% Trump is not on your sidehttps://t.co/hRYWcRRDxv
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 19, 2017
The President’s interview showcases a man living in fear, with no viable option but to lash out, and attempt to galvanize his dwindling base.
The choice to intimidate the special prosecutor in the New York Times will come back to haunt the President, as will his decision to throw Sessions under the bus.
Trump’s biggest weakness right now is the potential for cooperating witnesses, the 5 men who currently facing scrutiny could be motivated to turn states evidence after reading the New York Times article.