Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit (NY Times)

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.

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Granted that the above is probably not news to most of you, but I wanted to make a point. Practically since assuming the presidency, Trump has treated the office as though he were an autarch, answerable to nothing and no one and empowered to do as he pleases. A combination of Don McGahn's refusal to remove Mueller and the arrival of personal lawyer Ty Cobb may have somewhat mollified Trump's imperious attitude toward the office of the special counsel, but my suspicion is that that is as far as it goes.

Trump continues to appear to be willing to cut off his own nose to spite his face. Would that he will finally succeed.

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Charlie Pierce had this to say today:

The major scoop in The New York Times that has shaken up the world can be read in a number of different ways that all lead to the same conclusion. Right from jump, the president* has been scared right down to his silk boxers of what Mueller would discover regarding his campaign’s connections to Russian ratfcking and regarding his business connections to freshly laundered Russian cash. This conclusion does not change even if you think that White House counsel Don McGahn leaked this story to make himself the hero or to cover his own ass. This conclusion does not change even if you think the ratlines off the listing hulk of this administration are thick with fleeing rodents. This whole thing remains a product of the president*’s guilty mind.

Good stuff, Bertold, thanks for your input.

We've always felt there were things he didn't want found out.

Patricia, I doubt he wants anyone to know when he takes his afternoon nap and whether or not he's sucking on his Binky when he does!

Hahaha, wouldn't surprise me.....spoiled rotten brat!

Bill Maher said it best: #WhinyLittleBitch !!!

Love Mr. Maher!

The media don’t know how to report on a man whose every word might be a lie.

Nor would I know how. Would you?

Ruth Marcus of WAPO just weighed in.

-Why Trump’s decision not to fire Mueller should still fill you with dread

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