Former White House lawyer: if Robert Mueller is fired, Donald Trump will be gone from office “soon”

Even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller carefully builds what looks to be a massive criminal case against Donald Trump and his associates on a wide reaching range of charges, investigations this complex tend to take time. Even if Trump’s ouster from office is inevitable, it’s not imminent. But there is one thing that could change that, and fast-track Trump’s exit.

Richard Painter was the chief White House ethics lawyer for the latter years of the George W. Bush administration, and he’s now a law professor. He’s also arisen as a legal expert within the anti-Trump resistance, regularly appearing on television to discuss the latest developments. Here’s what he shared via Twitter on Saturday night:

“Just appeared on FOX News. They are building a case for firing Mueller. If that happens Mike Pence will soon become the 46th President. Trump surrogates are making up Mueller “conflicts” to justify firing him. That will be yet more obstruction of justice if it happens. It’s Saturday night. I was 12 on a Saturday night years ago when people said of President Nixon ‘he’ll be gone soon.’ Go ahead make my day.” (link). This view has also been shared by Congressman Ted Lieu, who is also a former attorney, who is predicting that if Trump fires Mueller, it’ll prompt the Republican-majority Congress into moving forward with the impeachment of Donald Trump.

There are numerous pessimists within the anti-Trump resistance who are convinced that the Republican Congress will never oust Donald Trump under any circumstances. But that makes no logical or political sense. Republicans in Congress view getting reelected as their first priority, and with the midterm races just over a year away, there is a threshold at which Trump’s increasingly toxic popularity would prompt them to throw him overboard for their own benefit. Firing Mueller would cross that threshold. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report

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  1. Claudia on June 17, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Trump legal matters do not end with Mueller.
    But if he fires Mueller, it’s admission to his own guilt.
    This needs to continue, or there could be a cue.
    I’m frighten for us and very scared Trump will do the unspeakable.
    I’m very concern for Mueller and Comey safety.

  2. Michael Baer on June 18, 2017 at 12:58 am

    unless of course the fix is in. Crosscheck. Even if Republicans only perceive the fix is in. That is why the Congressional seat in Georgia next week is critical. If the The Repugs can steal that one, their fear of being thrown out of power will diminish

    • Moët on June 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

      Michael you nailed it. They KNOW the fix is in. It’s obvious from how they’re not scared.

      From the way the GOP (especially Ryan & McConnell) have been acting since the election tells me if we have any more elections, they’re going to be for show only – unless we all take to the streets and insist on going back to hand-counted paper ballots that they can’t remotely hack/flip.

      If only GA would get rid of their machines and go with hand counted paper ballots like the Netherlands, France, and the UK did, after they saw what happened here. Notice their Nazis who were running for office, all went down hard. Ukip (the party organized specifically for the purpose of pushing through Brexit), lost ALL their seats because they got next to zero votes. Hmmm. Looking like that was all Putin’s design too.

      It’s beyond clear to everyone paying close attention and understand IT and how code & the internet works, that Russia hacked the machines, likely the tabulation servers. All you have to do is flip the total to who you want to win, and it’s done. And it’s the easiest part.

      Hacking the DNC, etc, and pumping out mountains of propaganda and fake news stories, was the labour-intensive expensive part, done to give Trump a plausible win – but that alone guaranteed nothing regarding the actual outcome.

      Hacking the machines in a few key swing states, is easy, simple, and gives full GOP control. I’m sure Putin hacked everyone and realized he had much more dirt on the GOP & Trump than the Dems. The Dems would never recognize Crimea as Russia because Human Rights are the Dem’s thing. Dems would also never lift the Russian sanctions just to get Exxon a $500BILLION oil deal, because Dems want off oil, and on to renewables.

      The GOP however, will sell their own children for a dollar, and I’m sure the hackers found lots more dirt to work with to control the GOP than they ever could have found with the Dems. So with enough dirt to blackmail the Congressional GOP leadership, and make them do everything he wants – including hiring cabinet members with ties to Russia (pretty much all of them – which is why they haven’t hired more – rich Russian, government-connected assets aren’t that prevalent in the US, and Trump has pretty much recruited them all…. but specifically they’re all chosen because they want to destroy the department they’re running. Like the EPA guy who’s been suing the EPA for decades….

      Take away everyone’s Health Care (27 million people who get it through their job will lose their too… annual and lifetime caps are back, along with pre-existing conditions…. it will be worse than it was before Obamacare, and it was HORRIFIC then…. then when no one can afford to go to the doctor, all Putin would have to do is release a toxin like small pox – and here in the US, everyone born after 1972 hasn’t been vaccinated – and it would likely kill 75% of the population.

      It’s How to Take Down American From Within 101, and the GOP, especially Ryan & McConnell are assisting. I wonder how big a piece of that Exxon deal they were promised. After all, $500BILLION will go a long way.

  3. John Thompson on June 18, 2017 at 9:19 am

    45 knows that if he fires Mueller, then he is in big trouble.
    Therefore, if 45 fires Mueller, he is acknowledging that he wants out of the presidency.
    And, collusion is a better crime to have committed in the eyes of his base then colluding with Russia to steal an election and being an illegitimate president.

  4. Tim on June 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

    It has been years since Republicans have been willing to “do the right thing for the country”. They will have to prove it to me before I’ll believe it. They have until 2018 to pass as much of the country’s wealth as they can to the 1% and Trump will sign any garbage they send to him just to “get a win”. They will leave the messy business of impeachment to Dems after 2018, then pump up their base in 2020 and tell them “see what Dems did to your president”. Wait and see.

  5. viola on June 18, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Incredible how the RW are so hard to remove. Fox/Murdoch is so powerful in the US, UK and Australia where Rupert enjoys long lasting, personal friendships with conservative leaders.

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