The media spent the week before Christmas insisting that Donald Trump was about to try to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. As Palmer Report pointed out, this was a baseless narrative all along, and sure enough, Mueller still has his job. The real story is that Trump’s attorneys and handlers have convinced him that Mueller is going to finish the investigation soon and exonerate him. In a new interview, Trump revealed the extent to which he has no clue what Mueller is actually doing to him.
Trump spoke with the New York Times about a variety of subjects, but he managed to work the word “collusion” into the conversation at twenty-three times, based on the partial transcript that’s been posted thus far. The upshot: Trump is obsessed with the notion that Mueller is simply investigating for the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that he won’t find any, and he’ll pronounce Trump’s innocence.
Here’s his take on Mueller: “I hope that he’s going to be fair. I think that he’s going to be fair. And based on that [inaudible]. There’s been no collusion. But I think he’s going to be fair. And if he’s fair — because everybody knows the answer already, Michael. I want you to treat me fairly. O.K.?” (link). Here’s his take on how long the investigation will last: “I have no expectation. I can only tell you that there is absolutely no collusion. Everybody knows it. And you know who knows it better than anybody? The Democrats. They walk around blinking at each other.”
So Donald Trump truly believes this is simply about “collusion.” He appears to have no clue that Robert Mueller has already gotten Michael Flynn to admit to illegally conspiring with Russia on behalf of the campaign in a plea deal. Trump has no idea Mueller is knee deep in connecting the financial dots between Trump and Russia. Trump has no clue, period.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report