We’re now just hours away from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public testimony about his investigation into Donald Trump’s crimes. Trump seemed to think he’d snookered Mueller by having the DOJ demand that Mueller limit his testimony to strictly what’s in his redacted report. But now it turns out Mueller is the one who’s outfoxed Trump, and now Trump sounds like he needs his diaper changed.
Yesterday it was revealed that Robert Mueller is planning to have his chief of staff Aaron Zebley testify alongside him. That way, if Mueller is asked a question that he’s not allowed to answer, Zebley can answer it instead. While it’s not yet clear just how far Zebley will be willing to go when it comes to answering questions, it’s clear that Mueller is planning to put him to good use. Last night NBC News confirmed that House Democrats will swear in Zebley and allow him to testify under oath, over the objections of House Republicans.
Suffice it to say that Trump didn’t take the news well. When it first broke, he tweeted: “Just got back only to hear of a last minute change allowing a Never Trumper attorney to help Robert Mueller with his testimony before Congress tomorrow. What a disgrace to our system. Never heard of this before. VERY UNFAIR, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. A rigged Witch Hunt!”
Then three hours later, he posted a strangely similar tweet: “So Robert Mueller has now asked for his long time Never Trumper lawyer to sit beside him and help with answers. What’s this all about? His lawyer represented the “basement server guy” who got off free in the Crooked Hillary case. This should NOT be allowed. Rigged Witch Hunt!”
Were Donald Trump and one of his social media handlers duplicating his efforts without checking with each other? Is Trump so stunned by the Mueller news, he’s stuck on repeat? Either way, Trump sounds like he knows Mueller has gotten the best of him. In fact Trump ended up lashing out at Fox News last night for providing fair coverage of the Mueller report. Trump isn’t taking any of this well, and this is all before Mueller opens his mouth.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report