It is being reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now looking into President Trump’s personal finances. What ostensibly began as an investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, has now morphed into an investigation of Trump personally. Having obviously found no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia to illegally influence the vote, it appears that Mueller is now investigating other aspects of Trump’s life, completely outside the bounds of his mandate, in order to find anything which can be used as the basis for impeaching the President.
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens.
Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the action has not been announced.
In July, Trump said in an interview with the New York Times that if Mueller examined his family’s finances beyond any relationship with Russia he’d consider it “a violation.” Mueller’s investigation had expanded to examine a broad range of transactions involving the president’s businesses, including dealings by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a person familiar with the probe told Bloomberg News after the publication of the Times interview.
Bloomberg’s reporting suggests to me another possibility: Could Robert Mueller be trying to get himself fired?
As Bloomberg correctly notes, President Trump has previously stated that he would consider it a “violation” if Mueller’s investigation examined his personal finances. Well, apparently, that is exactly what he is doing. Having found no crimes related to Russia, might it be that Mueller is attempting to get President Trump to fire him in the hopes that Congress will impeach Trump for Obstruction of Justice? That Trump has the constitutional authority to fire Mueller does not matter. As I have written many times, impeachment is not a legal process, it is a political process. Besides, many in Congress, including Republicans, are already accusing Trump of Obstruction of Justice for firing former FBI Director James Comey. They also accuse Trump of Obstruction for expressing to Comey his hope that the FBI would let go the investigation into Michael Flynn. Both of these allegations are ridiculous. Neither incident come anywhere close to meeting any statutory definition of Obstruction of Justice. But that matters not. Again, impeachment is not a legal process, it is political. To impeach a President, all that is required is the requisite number of votes.
If President Trump were to fire Robert Mueller, the extent of the political firestorm which would follow is incalculable. The calls for Trump’s impeachment would be immediate. Many Republican Congressmen and Senators would be among those demanding that the President either resign or be impeached. Robert Mueller knows this. Desperate to bring down the President, and having found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing with which to do it, could getting himself fired now be his plan?
When it comes to the political establishment in Washington, and their obsession to destroy Trump at all cost, nothing would surprise me.