OK, Patriotic Republicans: It’s Time to Quit Making Excuses for Trump

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Summary: ” On May 17, Trump loyalist, and foregoing House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted, “Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel [Mueller] is going to be fair,” Gingrich tweeted. He thanked the president, for “the opportunity, and the blessing that you have given us to wait on your agenda and the American people.” It’s unclear, whether failure to bow to this president would rate a trip to a fiery furnace but the comment sounded more care for worship than politeness. In recent days, we’ve seen a) evidence of a concerted effort to undermine Mueller’s credibility and b) leaks about the feasiblity that Mueller could might possibly be fired by Trump. Then, Trump personal friend Chris Ruddy walked out of the White House, and onto a PBS “News Hour” set to declare that President Trump is “considering maybe terminating” Mueller on Monday. (Technically, the Justice Department would’ve to fire him—but Trump could might possibly order his firing and, eventually, find someone at Justice who would carry out his order.) It’s unclear at best, whether Republicans would support such a move and that’s a problem. On June 11, Trump booster Ann Coulter tweeted that “Sessions ought to fire Mueller.” But this was a reversal from her May 17 tweet declaring that “People who’ve almost all to worry about with appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller: Hillary, Loretta Lynch, John Podesta, Bill Clinton…” In fairness to Gingrich, and Coulter, new information about Mueller has emerged and is being used to suggest he’s biased toward Comey—and that he has other conflicts of interest. Congressional Republicans ought to immediately voice their opposition to the potential firing of Mueller and state that such action would warrant the immediate re-establishment of an independent counsel. Last week, I warned that “we are witnessing a concerted effort to undermine the credibility of a guy who, yes, made some mistakes—but who also appears to be an honorable public servant.” I was talking about foregoing FBI Director James Comey. Since Democrats shall be able to be relied on to reflexively oppose this Republican president, my message here is aimed primarily at patriotic Republicans: It’s time to take a stand, if you care about things care for separation of powers, the rule of law and preserving norms and the balance of power. But maybe I should’ve been talking instead about Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Trump administration, who’s currently rumored to be on the chopping block. Adam Schiff, the ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, has tweeted that “If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel, and designate Bob Mueller.”

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