Even those who understand the significance of the House Intelligence Committee’s memo have been telling President Trump through the media that he must not fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This, they say, would only make things worse. Democrats would cry foul with more ferocity than they’ve ever cried about anything. You wouldn’t be able to pick up a newspaper or turn on your television without seeing reference to Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre.” Republicans would potentially have no choice but to bring impeachment proceedings against the president, throwing this country into even more disarray than we already find ourselves in.
Hmm, we’re not so sure.
But okay, let’s take it as fact that it would be “bad” for Trump to fire Rosenstein or Mueller at this time. That’s fine. Let the Russia investigation proceed…but not indefinitely. It’s time for the president to reassert his authority over the Justice Department and put an end to what is now – with the release of the memo – undoubtedly a purely political witch hunt. Give Mueller a hard deadline – early summer at the very latest – and tell him that whatever he’s going to conclude, he needs to conclude it by then. That gives him plenty of time to wrap things up, interview who he needs to interview, indict who he wants to indict, and put a pretty bow on top.
Here’s what it prevents: Letting Democrats and Mueller unveil an October Surprise on the Republicans in the runup to November’s midterms.
Because left unimpeded, that’s exactly where this is headed. The idea that Mueller COULD even bring an indictment against a sitting president is quite silly, even if he had the goods to do so. The idea that a Republican-controlled Congress would pursue impeachment is equally unlikely, and the Democrats know this all too well. So what is the point of this investigation? Why are we spending so much money on this nonsense, when if there was ANY proof of collusion it would have come out a year ago? And the answer to those questions is obvious. The Democrats are waiting and biding their time, and when they feel the public is ready for a (cough, cough) bombshell, they’re going to drop it. Not in federal court, but on the front page of the New York Times.
This “bombshell” won’t be anything that actually proves the narrative – that Trump colluded with Moscow to win the election. As we said, if there was any evidence of that, we would have already known about it. No, it will be something along the lines of a “crime” Trump or his business committed twenty years ago. Or it will be something having to do with the ludicrous charge of obstruction. Or maybe Mueller will try to pinch Trump on perjury. Once a seasoned prosecutor has the full weight of the intel community on his side, there’s really no end to the chicanery that can transpire.
There’s no good reason for Trump to wait around for that to happen. Mueller has had long enough to conduct a thorough investigation. Give him another four or five months and that’s it. After that, it’s over. If you’ve got a political bombshell to drop, you can do it in June just as easily as you can in October. It’s time to bring this fiasco to an end.