Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has in his possession tens of thousands of emails belonging to the Trump transition team (via Axios), and that is making Trump and his allies increasingly anxious. The anxiety pervading the White House can be gauged by the remarkable revelation made by Congresswoman Jackie Speier only yesterday when she claimed that the rumors on the Hill suggest that the President is planning to fire Mueller before Christmas — on Friday to be precise.
“The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.”
Trump has made no secrets about his dislike for Mueller’s probe, and although he has refrained from attacking the Special Counsel directly (probably on the advice of his lawyers), he has repeatedly claimed that the former FBI director’s investigation is a “witch hunt” concocted by the Democrats to smear him and his allies. He has also vehemently denied any collusion with Russia, so the question that needs asking is: why is Trump so worried about where Mueller’s probe is heading if he has nothing to hide?
As it turns out, Trump may well have skeletons in his closet, and the increasing speculation surrounding whether he will fire Mueller might have to do with someone extremely close to him. Even if Robert Mueller has been unable to find anything incriminating against Trump so far, the investigation itself has already been vindicated with the indictments of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. But more alarmingly for Trump, Mueller’s probe seems far from over. In fact, it seems to have accelerated in scope and pace as the year wears on, and now more than ever, it seems probable — even certain — that Mueller has bigger fish to fry.
And by all accounts, it appears that fish is Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law cum political adviser, who has been described as the “worst political adviser” ever to have stepped into the White House by one of Trump’s former allies, Sam Nunberg, per a Vanity Fair article. Kushner has already been proven a liar after he failed to disclose information about his contacts with Russia while filing a federal form to gain a high-level security clearance. He is also known to have helped Russian technocrat Yuri Milner pump in millions of dollars of Kremlin money into American social media companies. But while Kushner’s financial history and discrepancies in his statements about Russian contacts when appearing in front of Senate and House intelligence committees might well have been what triggered a deeper probe by Mueller in the first place, it is his promise of establishing a “secret and secure communications channel” to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak that could ultimately lead to his indictment, according to Newsweek.
The fact that Mueller now has undeterred access to thousands of Kushner emails exchanged during the transition might be worrying for Trump and his son-in-law. With all that has come to light about Kushner over the last few months, it is more than likely that he would have made serious Russian overtures during the transition, and if he did, Mueller now has evidence in his possession to prove exactly that. Whatever information these emails may finally reveal, Mueller is certainly sitting on a treasure trove of potentially explosive material right now.
Therefore Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s comments that Trump is planning to fire Mueller should not come as a surprise, as shocking as it may be. Trump may be forced to make the decision to protect Kushner in the immediate future. As The Guardian reports, Republicans are already concocting ways to discredit Robert Mueller and his investigation by claiming that he obtained the transition emails unlawfully, which has been debunked.
Even so, it is highly unlikely that the GOP will stop Trump from firing Mueller considering what is at stake for the Trump family if the Special Counsel pursues his investigation with such gusto. If that happens, Trump should brace himself for an impeachment effort against him while the GOP could prep itself into becoming the Trump family’s guardian angels.