So much for Donald Trump’s fantasy of coming up with enough political cover to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, so he can take a swing at firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in the hope of making the Russia investigation go away. Trump was hoping against hope that his Nunes memo stunt just might allow his fantasy to play out. But that memo failed, and now Trump’s White House is officially admitting that it knows Mueller is here to stay.
Trump’s people released their proposed federal budget today for fiscal year 2019 (which begins in October of 2018). Much of that budget is dead on arrival due to the heartless cuts it tries to make to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. But even as Trump is trying to gain leverage on those matters by starting from an extreme position, he’s not even bothering to try to use the budget as a potential weapon against the Mueller investigation.
The proposed Trump budget includes proper funding for the Mueller investigation into fiscal year 2019. It’s not as if Trump would be allowed to zero out the Mueller budget; it doesn’t work that way. But he could have proposed it, as a way of trying to sabotage things or cause trouble. Instead he and his people decided to put all their budget chips down on screwing the poor for the benefit of the wealthy.
That’s bad news for working class America. But it’s an acknowledgement by Donald Trump’s advisers that they know they can’t touch Robert Mueller. It’s also a seeming acknowledgment that they know the Trump-Russia probe will still be going strong by October. Keep in mind that even if Trump resigns or is impeached by then, the investigation would continue until legal justice is served. Trump can tweet crazy Trump-Russia distractions all he wants, but Mueller is here to stay.
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