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Allow special counsel to finish essential job

31 July 2017, 06:19 | Christie Tate

Mueller Said to Probe Trump's Business Transactions

Mueller Said to Probe Trump's Business Transactions

Mueller, they say, won't be satisfied to limit his investigation to the question of Russian meddling in the election and charges that the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

When asked at a press conference on Tuesday whether he planned to fire Sessions, Trump said: "We'll see what happens". He doesn't. We have a full-blown constitutional crisis.

The number of personal lawyers around #President Trump is now set to four, not including Mark Corallo - who resigned last Thursday - or the White House Counsel Don McGahn. But here's what the president can't do bring the president can't draw a red line until the special council you can't go here that's not the rule of law Mueller is subject to oversight and scrutiny but the President can't control his investigation that makes us more like Russian Federation and less like America. Trump told The New York Times that if Mueller looks at anything involving his business dealings, "that's a violation".

On Monday, Trump fired off a tweet calling Sessions "beleaguered", asking why he has not looked into "Crooked Hillarys [sic] crimes & Russian Federation relations".

In the midst of talk about these scenarios, Sessions and Trump appear to be headed for a tenuous rapprochement.

First, the scope of Mueller's mandate.

Donald Trump is the president he deserves.

Here's the bottom line: Sessions had initially undisclosed contact with the Russians, and Rosenstein may well be the key witness on the issue of why the President really fired Comey.

That's an unusually narrow definition of the special counsel's mandate - unreasonably narrow, in fact.

Under the circumstances, Vladeck said, "The only leverage that Attorney General Sessions has is to not resign, and to force President Trump to actually take the dramatic step of firing him".

Sekulow said that any focus by the Special Prosecutor on previous negotiations and deals that Trump was involved in before he campaigned, had nothing to do with the investigation. Yet, as was the case with Special Counsel Ken Starr, who expanded his initial assignment in investigating President Bill Clinton to the civil case of Paula Jones, Mueller nearly immediately began to expand his investigation as well.

Priebus gone, can Kelly bring discipline to the White House?
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a longtime friend of Priebus', said he "left it all out on the field, for our party and our country". When pressed by Blitzer on why he resigned from the role, Priebus responded, "I'm not going to get into that personal stuff".

Similar commitments extracted from Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus prompted their resignations when Richard Nixon ordered them to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox in October 1973. Rosenstein then washed his hands of the mess by naming a special counsel.

Trump can direct his Justice Department subordinates to go back and follow the letter of the applicable regulations. Future president James Madison included some of the grounds for impeachment, including that the president "might betray his trust to a foreign power".

It is as clear as the view from the Trump Tower where this road leads.

Trump also has alleged that Sessions has taken a "VERY weak" position on investigating former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaks from the intelligence community.

On Wednesday, Hume said not many Americans understand Trump "very well".

Advancing these crusades are more important to the alt-right than serving as Trump apologists, which is why Breitbart News is now criticizing Trump and defending Sessions as the "man who embodies the movement that elected Trump".

If that's the best they can do, they'd better keep looking. If Mueller is fired, Republicans will quickly distance themselves from Trump, something they should have done long ago. Rod J. Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and who is now supervising the probe. Last month, Rosenstein told Congress he saw no reason that would justify Mueller's removal. That last one is the sort of brutally simple "if A, then B" logic that the president loves: Mueller's investigation is hamstringing his administration, ergo fire (or at least hinder) Mueller.

To head off a presidency-destroying disaster.

It is hard to see how Trump can get a replacement for Sessions confirmed if he is fired, or even if he quits. But only a few have dared do so in public.

"People have been calling into the party offices and they are upset", said Sallie Bryant, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, which includes Birmingham.



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