Expert: Donald Trump may be trying to get himself impeached by targeting Robert Mueller

Amid the buzz this evening that Donald Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a last ditch attempt at derailing the investigation into his Russia scandal, observers on all sides tend to agree that the move would lead to Trump’s demise. Now at least one expert is putting forth the notion Trump may be doing this because he’s trying to get himself impeached.

Clint Watts, a counterintelligence expert who has risen to public prominence during the course of the Trump-Russia scandal, revealed this evening that he’s “not convinced” Donald Trump is truly thinking about firing Robert Mueller (link). But added “if he does, it will be his end, and maybe that’s what Trump wants, be forced out.” Logically, at this point, that may make sense.

Trump is, by all appearances, miserable on the job. His approval rating says that he’s the least popular president in U.S. history at this stage of a term. His cascading scandals have ensured that his remaining time in office will never be focused on anything other than his scandals. And the numerous parallel investigations into Trump’s campaign antics and personal finances are coming ever closer to exposing the kinds of illegal activities that could end up landing him not only out of office, but in prison.

So it’s a realistic possibility at this point that Donald Trump may be trying to get himself forced out of office. If he simply resigns now, he’s seen as a quitter. But if he ups the ante with an unprecedented new level of obstruction of justice by trying to fire Robert Mueller, he’ll prompt Congress to appoint Mueller as Independent Counsel (link). It could also help shift public opinion so fiercely against him the Republicans in Congress would feel compelled to force him out of office, just to avoid getting wiped out in the midterms. And so Clint Watts may be onto something.

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  1. Susie Cooper on June 12, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    For cryin’ out loud. This amazing country deserves so much better than this. We just want to work, live, and play without all this freaking noise. I believe our mutual consciousness is wearing thin.

    • Hawaii Anyday on June 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Agreed Susie Cooper. I’ve changed since January…none for the better…and just want peace. Going in, I knew Trump to love chaos but I NEVER expected this. I can’t imagine, as a youngster, what Ivanka had to do in her head to legitimize her father’s full-bore sociopath behavior. Everyone in his proximity eventually get scorched.

  2. Claudia on June 12, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    He is struggling within himself, this is certain.
    But either way, forced out or just resign he will still be sought after. I’m not sure if Putin would approve of him if he resigns, so, he will have to be forced out!
    His exit plan! But it will not save him from New York or this investigation!

  3. David on June 12, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    The question then becomes how much of the rest of dt’s cabinet and/or team gets tossed with him? And how quickly?

    • Claudia on June 13, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Good point!
      I’m wondering if he doesn’t start firing them, and then leaves an empty cabinet for Pence?
      Just a thought? He seems to think he has the best of the best, and we all know he isn’t impressed with Pence. Some will leave on their own .

  4. Richard on June 13, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Or maybe the most obvious answer is that Donnie is quaking in his boots about what this team of the best attorneys in the land will dredge up on him, and he just is lost about how to stop it, other than firing anybody who gets close.

  5. Val on June 13, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Someone must be telling (lying to) trump that all this will go away if he’s impeached.

  6. Rose Meade on June 13, 2017 at 1:27 am

    What a chicken shi* way out!! He needs to go to prison!! For TREASON—Obstruction of Justice–War Crimes among so many other counts !! Violation of Extortion, Violation of the Logan Act, Violation of National Security Protocol, Inter side Trading, Money Laundering, and etc!!

  7. MATILDA BESONG on June 13, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Brief and to the point.

    • MATILDA BESONG on June 13, 2017 at 1:36 am

      I love the Palmer Report because it is short and to the point.

  8. DAVID W. SCHUETZ on June 13, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Please explain why you think a Republican congress would actually appoint Mueller as special prosecutor? Are we operating under the delusion that there are any Republican patriots in Congress?

    • Bill Palmer on June 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Absolutely not. But they care more about getting reelected in the midterms than they do about anything else.

  9. ggponly on June 13, 2017 at 4:55 am

    He may wish to get back his business so he can go to cash before the US Gov. comes after him, that is if there is RICO outstanding. Of course if he is in hock to Russians via mirror trading/ laundry this may be regarded as “skeleton money”. The penalties for defaulting being rather more serious than in normal cicumstances.

  10. Randy on June 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

    The other option is that Trump is floating the firing of Mueller as a “loyalty test” for the Republicans in Congress, in a sense daring them to escalate the situation and challenge him. Let’s not forget his weird cabinet meeting yesterday that was basically staged to show the blind loyalty of his staff.

    With anything Trump does, you have to consider two things – money and his ego.

    The man basically gets his worldview from FoxNews, Alex Jones, and Breitbart and likely believes he has a large public out there that adores him and will howl to Congress if they try to touch him. After his very public humiliation on healthcare and other issues showing that he can’t keep Congress in check, he may be using the Meuller situation that he’s “in charge”.

    That could be his fatal mistake. Even Nixon knew when the political winds were changing and it was time to resign. Trump doesn’t have that kind of intelligence or self-awareness.

  11. Bela on June 13, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Congressional repubs might not move to appoint an independent counsel.
    FIring Mueller would send a few more shock waves, but I am guessing they are not ready to abandon Trump.
    Clint’s scenario seems a bit too clever for Trump. His impulsivity seems to me to be such that he would fire Mueller “to take the pressure off,” such as he admitted to the Sergei’s in the oval office. He would do it because he can and because he does think much beyond the immediate.

    The situation is deteriorating daily, that’s for sure.

  12. Wendy on June 13, 2017 at 8:12 am

    That’s a big IF assuming our do nothing congress will do anything at all to impeach him. They want his followers to still reelect them and until their own jobs are threatened, they’re not going to lift a finger.

  13. Dalcon on June 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

    If the Republicans impeach him, for whatever reason, it will alienate his hardcore base. No matter what he does my guess is that 25% of the country support him without reservation. How can the Republican filth go on governing without that core? A long protracted impeachment will embitter them against the GOP. Doing nothing will alienate the public at large. They are all riding the tiger and my hope is they will be forced off and devoured.

  14. John Thompson on June 13, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Exactly! Totally agree. He didn’t want the presidency to start with, and he definitely does not want it now – but he can’t quit. Quitting would hurt him financially, even with his base. Impeachment would hurt much less because it would solidify his base – those people who assume the deep state is after 45 and don’t listen to anything but Rush, Alex, and Faux News.

  15. Hawaii Anyday on June 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Interesting theory. I think Trump thinks he’s doing great and his authority is building and he’s slowly bringing those around him into submission (i.e. that weird ‘kiss-the-ring’ round of all admins in their first cabinet meeting 6/12/17). He has (AND his kids have) never made more money either, welcoming every world leader into his Towers. He’s becoming more at ease around the pesky nagging about submitting tax reports, emolument clause(s), or press reports about Russia. He’s a fighter, and loves the tumultuous wake behind him, and probably sees himself gaining strength (not popularity-but he doesn’t care about that anyway) and since he has three Secret Service protected homes along the east coast, and can go golfing ANY weekend on the taxpayers’ dime, the presidency is his best gig ever. No matter how much he says “this is tough” or “I miss my old work”, Trump will NEVER want to leave it. Never.

  16. Coda on June 13, 2017 at 10:43 am

    He will leave as the biggest victim possible and he will turn that into a media empire and he will be back on TV where people kiss his ass. He loves that. Ivanka is a good clue. She says she is shocked at how people talk about her father. She is evidence that he lives in a bubble pretending he is the adored king of something, anything. Please, God, get his picture off the internet as soon as possible. Thank you.

  17. Jebler on June 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

    There must be a way to remove all of the staff he has appointed or chosen or were elected with him. It needs to be done before he causes more damage to the country. It needs to be done before he stages an “incident” which gets those on the fence about him to support him again (a Reichstag fire). It must be definitively revealed that all parties are guilty of crimes and cover-ups. PLEASE, THIS MUST HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. I hope these urgent messages from all of us on all kinds of sites reach those who are in the know. I’ve tried writing my Senators and Representative, but they are Republicans.

  18. Nicole on June 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    This was my first suspicion when reading the original article.

    He hates this job. But he wants to take advantage of it for as long as he can.

    Being impeached, he thinks he can play the victim angle longer than just quitting.

  19. Ron Holden on June 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Maybe this advice is coming from Mike Pence. Seriously, how could Trump’s ego endure being removed from office by way of an impeachment trial in the Senate? Maybe he thinks he has enough Republican support in the Senate to win an impeachment trial.

  20. Zelly on June 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I was thinking about this too. But it makes no sense to me that he’d choose to be forced out of office rather than choosing to leave on his own. In the quitting scenario he’s in control and can attempt to spin his leaving the way he wants. In the other situation, he’s out of control and disgraced. Regardless of how and when he leaves I sincerely believe he’ll end up in Russia to avoid prosecution.

  21. Can't-Elope on June 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Pardon me? — RMN

  22. Robin Frazier on June 14, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Well, by screwing up and getting thrown out he gets out from under Putin’s thumb theoretically. If he just quits he gets blackmail evidence revealed. He may also think he is out of jeopardy after going through impeachment. It’s hard when dealing with the low level of intellect Trump has to make predictions. He is also on the hook to many more than Putin. Who knows what he has promised in his usual grandiose way.

  23. Michael Olson on June 14, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Hard to imagine this character disordered narcissist could stand by for impeachment. He will resign and blame to maintain the delusion of control.

  24. ChrisM on June 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I can easily see (and believe) Trump wanting to be forced out of office. This is a man who never accepts blame or responsibility when things go wrong so quitting, a sign of defeat, would absolutely be out of the question. Unless Donny can somehow convince himself, and his rabid followers, that a resignation is NOT a sign of weakness and/or defeat but an “act of courage” that will somehow help to “make America great again” I cannot image a voluntary exit. However, being forced out (via impeachment or whatever) would provide Donald with the platform, and attention he so desperately craves, to confirm his (in his opinion) “witch hunt” and unfair media tweet rants. The Trumpster needs to remember that frequently “witch hunts” result in finding a “witch”.

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