The President’s criticism of the Russia probe and the administration’s sacking of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe prompted warnings from key Republicans that he would send the country over a cliff if he tried to dismiss Mueller.
Trump’s weekend of assaults on Robert Mueller’s investigation pushed Washington closer than ever to the major crisis of governance, a fresh round of West Wing chaos, speculation about personnel shake-ups and revelations.
The President and his autocratic impulsive nature of leadership is leading the world into an even more unpredictable phase, testing the limits of his political power at home and putting the international system under extreme strain. Is anyone’s job safe? well apart from Ivanka and Jared Kushner that is.
With a weekend free of scheduled presidential obligations, Donald Trump has ratcheted up the rhetoric directed toward Mr Mueller.
Mr Mueller is the special counsel who has been charged with investigating the ‘Russia probe’ surrounding the unusual and speculative connections between President Trump and his team and the Russia, during his election campaign.
The concerns are raised by people behind the scenes who try to maintain cordial relations within the party and indeed the opposition aiding a working order with democrats and republicans in the senate and congress.
The ever dysfunctional relationship was evident when the US government had to shut down because it could reach an agreement over the budget.
The president spent the weekend attacking the Democrats on Mr Mueller’s team and “sanctimonious” former FBI director James Comey, whilst also celebrating Mr McCabe’s unceremonious exit.
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, was fired a few days before his 50th birthday and Trump had criticised him for months before that pointing to donations that Mr McCabe’s wife, a Democrat, received from a Clinton ally when she ran for the state Senate in 2015 as evidence that Mr McCabe was politically biased.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said an internal investigation said the review found McCabe allegedly “made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor”
McCabe, however, hit back at his firing and complained that he had been pushed out hours before he was due to retire because Trump wanted to slander the FBI and the Mueller probe, in which he is a key witness.
McCabe has repeatedly been the subject of Trump’s ire, both privately and publicly. Due to his abrupt dismissal, McCabe is expected to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension.
Trump’s fresh attacks on Mueller immediately renewed speculation that the President would try to dismiss the special counsel, potentially by replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is recused from any matter relating to the 2016 elections.
That prospect prompted some Republicans to warn that Trump was on the threshold of dangerous territory.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake said it appeared the president’s latest comments seemed to be preparing the ground for the firing of Mr Mueller. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer accused Mr Trump of “floating trial balloons about derailing” the investigation.
Trump has said there was ‘no collusion’ between his campaign and Moscow, rebutting Democrats’ unproven suggestions that his team worked with the Kremlin to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favour.
Some analysts and experts suggests that after Trump failed to control the outcome of the inquiry he has now reverted to using any opportunity to derail this inquiry to ensure it has no credibility when it presents its findings.
Either way the presidents erratic and unorthodox manor in the white house, is causing concern in the american government as well as overseas, as continuous concerns arise over where anyone stands with the president and how it can change with each news-cycle.
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