‘Keep Trump away from Twitter, Dear God, Keep Him Away From Twitter,’ Trump To Fire Mueller?
F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller speaks at a news conference at the bureau's headquarters

‘Keep Trump away from Twitter, Dear God, Keep Him Away From Twitter,’ Trump To Fire Mueller?

President Donald Trump is allegedly considering firing special council, Robert Mueller, who is leading an ongoing independent investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sources inside the White House allege that Trump may be planning to intimidate Mueller into ensuring that the investigation turns in Trump’s favor. However, according to a report in The New York Times, Trump’s aides are actively trying to dissuade the president from firing Mueller.

White House staffers have also informed reporters that right now the team is trying to limit the reverberations of a potential infuriated response from Trump to Mueller’s latest announcement that the president is officially under investigation for obstruction of justice. A particular senior White House official

A particular senior White House official was especially concerned about Trump’s penchant for expressing his untempered thoughts on social media.

“Keep him away from Twitter, dear God, keep him away from Twitter.”

Nevertheless, a defiant Trump did take to Twitter on Thursday to make his feelings known.

According to anonymous sources, one of the White House staff’s greatest concerns in Trump’s apparent unpredictability. Speaking to The Washington Post, another Trump aide believes it would be “suicide” if Trump did indeed fire Mr. Mueller. However, the staffers are not ruling out the possibility just yet.

“I’d be insincere if I said it wasn’t a concern that the president would try to do it anyway.”

Trump’s latest Twitter outburst came just a day after he had encouraged the political community in Washington to adopt a more civil tone. Trump made the request in the wake of the shooting of a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria.

In a historic July 22, 1973, article published in The Washington Post, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein wrote that “President Nixon and his top aides believe that the Senate Watergate hearings are unfair and constitute a “political witch-hunt,” according to White House sources.”

The Watergate hearings are what eventually led to President Nixon’s resignation, after hearing he was going to be impeached in the House of Representatives.

At least for the moment, it seems as if White House staffers have managed to convince Trump to hold back on taking any action with regards to Robert Mueller. According to Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “while the president has every right to” fire Mr. Mueller, “he has no intention to do so.”

White House diverting FBI Mueller Comey questions to outside legal council
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. [Image by Evan Vucci/AP Images]

A former United States Attorney, Barbara McQuade, told The New York Times that legal scholars are allegedly playing out different scenarios of how possible implications of Mueller’s investigation into Trump might play out.

McQuade has speculated that if Trump fired Mueller, it could prompt a series of Justice Department resignations. McQuade was referencing the fallout after President Richard Nixon fired the Watergate independent special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, which triggered mass resignations within the Justice Department.

“We could then have a repeat of the Saturday Night Massacre or the Sally Yates Massacre.”

he announced during a nationally-televised speech that he would turn over the transcripts to House impeachment investigators
More than 40 years ago, on August 9, 1974, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal. [Image by AP Images]

In the event of such a development, President Trump would only create further legal troubles, according to McQuade.

“If Trump were to fire Mueller and it could be shown that his purpose was to impede the investigation, it could be additional evidence of obstruction of justice.”

Yesterday the allegations with regards to Trump’s inner circle’s links to Russian officials intensified when it was reported that Mueller’s special investigation was widening its scope to include Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner’s financial dealings. A White House insider told The Washington Post that staffers were keeping their heads down.

“The legal jeopardy increases by the day. If you’re a White House staffer, you’re trying to do your best to keep your head low and do your job.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Press Secretary Sanders has been referring multiple reporters to Marc Kasowitz, who is serving as the outside legal counsel on questions relating to James Comey, Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference and potential obstruction of justice, and Trump campaign ties Russian officials.

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