Donald Trump appears to have figured out that he can’t fire special counsel Robert Mueller; he simply doesn’t have the political muscle at this point. His allies in Congress aren’t even doing a particularly effective job of smearing Mueller. Now Trump is revealing a whole different kind of strategy for fighting back against Mueller, in an attempt at slowing him down. Suffice it to say that the strategy is utterly psychotic.
Trump’s allies have revealed to NBC News that his new strategy is to bring phony criminal charges against Robert Mueller and his team, and then place them on trial (link). That way Mueller and his prosecutors would be too busy standing trial to be able to spend much time prosecuting Trump and his co-conspirators. There are almost no words to describe how chaotically out of control the resulting situation would be. “Constitutional crisis“ would be an understatement.
To be clear, Trump isn’t even close to having the political muscle to be able to pull something like this off. He doesn’t even have the strength to fire Robert Mueller, let alone bring phony criminal charges against Mueller and put him on trial. Trump also has a tendency to abandon his own most ambitious strategies the minute one of his own people pushes back against him. So just because Trump is talking about doing this, or even planning to do this, it does not mean that it’s going to happen.
Still, the mere fact that Donald Trump is floating something this psychotic (and yes we think that word is warranted in this instance) is a sign of how frantically out of control he’s becoming. He knows he’s going to lose soon if he doesn’t do something desperate. But if he tries to put Robert Mueller on trial, even the Republican Congress would struggle to side with him, for fear of it leading to a total wipeout in the November midterm elections.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report