Rick Tyler, a well known Republican strategist, appeared on Stephanie Ruhle’s show and made an assertion which appears to have shaken her and her entire panel to the core. Tyler’s assertion?
“Donald J. Trump will fire Robert Mueller.”
While leading her panel earlier today, Ruhle presented the factual aspects of how Trump has attacked Robert Mueller. Ruhle finds this odd, especially given how Trump has attacked the political affiliation of several who are affiliated with the investigation into Russian interference with our 2016 Presidential election. She points out how Robert Mueller is a Republican and believes Trump is engaging in “character assassination.” In addition, the discussion centered around Trump’s response after the firing of former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was merely twenty-four plus hours away from retirement and earning his full pension.
Thankfully, Andrew McCabe did not go ‘silently into that good night’, and issued a statement immediately following the 10:00 PM termination made by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, where many rumors are being floated ranging from Sessions firing McCabe to remain in the good graces of Trump, to the Attorney General actually acting on the orders of the President. Of course, when acts like this take place, speculation always abounds, but what Tyler said to Ruhle seems completely reasonable considering the tepid response by Republicans this past weekend during Trump’s Twitter Storm attacking the investigation.
Tyler said when asked by Ruhle, whether this looks like Trump is preparing to find a way to discredit or terminate Mueller, Tyler response is as follows:
“Here’s what’s going to happen, I’m going to go out on a limb,” Tyler began. “The president has calculated now — and I think it’s true — is the reaction from the Republicans. He is going to fire Robert Mueller. And you know what’s going to happen? Nothing. That’s what’s going to happen. There will be no response from Republican leadership, from Congress.”
“He is now going about — the reason to fire [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe], the reason to deny him his retirement is he has to discredit him,” Tyler said. “And he has to systematically discredit everybody who’s involved in this Russia investigation. And he has now seen that he can do these things without any recourse. The Congress is not going to reign him in.”
Tyler also predicts the firing will “come sooner than later.”
Watch the video below:
Tyler’s assessment is not unreasonable given the fact the Trump had placed on Twitter on July 26, 2017 for public consumption, a question posed to the Attorney General when he asked:
“Why didn’t A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got…”
If Trump asked this question in the public sphere, it appears those who are speculating that McAbe’s firing came at the behest of Trump, may very well have a point. Who knows what was said behind closed doors?
With reports that Trump’s behavior of late being characterized by those familiar with him, as “confident,” with Washington Post Opinion writer, Michael Gerson even concluding that “all this chaos is a sign of the President’s confidence,” one is still left wondering why the President seems bent on throwing every single hurdle and obstacle in the pathway of this investigation, should he have nothing to hide.
Further, according to the Associated Press’ Catherine Lucey and Jonathon Lemire, “Trump is increasingly flying solo.” They further report:
“Trump has told confidants recently that he wants to be less reliant on his staff, believing they often give bad advice, and that he plans to follow his own instincts, which he credits with his stunning election.”
To be clear: It has also been reported that Trump’s legal team had originally encouraged him to refrain from attacking the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, and despite this advice, we have this weekend left in our collective minds. Perhaps this is due to a shift in the Trump team’s legal strategy given that John Dowd was the first individual from Trump’s legal team, after McAbe’s firing on Friday night to make a public statement ‘admonishing’ Acting Attorney General to end the investigation into Russia. Said Trump’s attorney, seemingly going off-script:
“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier.”
But perhaps the most disturbing aspect from this past weekend is the limited number of Republican lawmakers willing to take a public stand against Trump’s attacks on Robert Mueller and those conducting this investigation.
John Dowd can pray all he wants. Republicans can continue ignoring the blatant attacks by Trump on those conducting this investigation, including the Special Counsel, but the people in this nation demand and deserve the truth as to what happened during the 2016 election.
Each time Trump or Republicans push back like this, they only make themselves appear guilty and part of a larger conspiracy.
A social psychologist by day, political analyst and journalist by night, Dr. Mark Bear has built an established audience by printing facts, without click-bait, sensationalism, or hyperbole. He is married to his wife of 34 years, and both he and his wife, Susan, have a Schnauzer named Shadow. Follow along by connecting with Doc on Facebook or Twitter under the handle Dr. Progressive!