An explosive report coming from the Washington Post alleges that President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to get rid of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the army of lawyers looking into Trump’s affairs.
According to two people, Trump is also asking advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the expanding Russian investigation.
One adviser says the president is simply ‘expressing curiosity’ in his pardoning authority.
“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’ ” the adviser said.
But, this lends new credence to previous reports that Trump is considering alternative options up to and including resignation, which would probably be unlikely unless Mueller ends up finding something Trump is clearly afraid about, including potential future testimony by disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
According to Claude Taylor, who served on the staff of President Bill Clinton, Flynn’s testimony was enough for Trump to consider waving the white flag.
“An ind journalist I have worked with-who has been reliable-says they have 2 sources that say Trump is considering options-incl resignation.”
The information was also confirmed by Former chairman of RNC Steele, who told WWR at lunch that Trump will not finish his term; advises clients to bolster ties w/VP Pence.
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s decision to personally go after Trump for possible criminal acts and obstruction of justice has marked a turning point in the Russia collusion investigation, which until recently has only focused on Russia’s meddling into the 2016 presidential election.
Trump’s legal team is looking at potential conflicts of interest, compiling a file in the White House against Mueller and his personal aides.
Trump has tried to maintain that Mueller has a close personal relationship with fired FBI Director James Comey and was interviewing for his old job just one day before Mueller was appointed special counsel.
Just a few days ago, Trump threatened Mueller warning that “investigators would cross a red line if they delve into Trump’s family finances unrelated to Russia.”
According to a report from the New York Times:
“Mr. Trump was also critical of Mr. Mueller, a longtime former F.B.I. director, reprising some of his past complaints that lawyers in his office contributed money to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. He noted that he actually interviewed Mr. Mueller to replace Mr. Comey just before his appointment as special counsel.
“He was up here and he wanted the job,” Mr. Trump said. After he was named special counsel, “I said, ‘What the hell is this all about?’ Talk about conflicts. But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point.”
Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expands to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, “I would say yes.” He would not say what he would do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”
Let’s be real here: investigators can and should look at all of Trump’s finances especially since a money trail could potentially uncover more wrongdoing on the part of Trump and his family. It’s not off limits, but for some reason, Trump thinks it should be. Maybe that’s why one reason he’s refusing to make public his tax returns?
He also said during the interview that he still hasn’t ruled out firing Mueller, which is just insane. If Trump does, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have already come out publicly saying they would guarantee his impeachment if he ever actually went through with it. Trump’s own advisors have even strongly recommended against it.
A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.