In the middle of December, the mainstream media became obsessed with the narrative that Donald Trump was about to fire Robert Mueller. There was no evidence to support this notion, but it made for a ratings-friendly story during a slow stretch for political news. Of course that firing never happened, and now we can see that it was never going to happen. But there’s a much more important clue in all of this that the Mueller probe is still fully on track.
Fearing that the “Trump is about to fire Mueller” narrative might somehow become a self fulfilling prophecy over the holidays, the Democrats threw down the gauntlet just before Congress went into recess. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse hinted on Twitter that Mueller might have a mole inside Trump’s team. Congressman Adam Schiff hinted on television that Trump laundered Russian money. These were scare tactics, as the Democrats very publicly spelled out to Trump that things could get very ugly in a hurry if he tried anything stupid.
Congress is now back in session. Democrats like Schiff and Whitehouse are now back on centerstage. Yet they’ve stopped publicly hurling threats and scary scenarios in Trump’s direction. It’s not because they’ve taken their foot off the gas. It’s because this kind of public posturing is only necessary in a criminal investigation if the investigation is in danger of derailing.
In other words, the Democrats know there is no longer any need to resort to such tactics. If they were concerned a few weeks ago that the “Trump is about to fire Mueller” media narrative might have prompted Trump to actually do it, they’re no longer worried. They have their finger on the pulse of this. They know the probe is fully on track, or they’d still be posturing loudly. Their silence speaks volumes.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report