The Mueller report does worse far than accuse Trump of a crime. It accuses him of being a yellow-striped coward who was afraid to fire Mueller to his face.
Every single one of Trump’s lies has been meticulously and lovingly documented by the New York Times, PolitiFact, and the Washington Post, among other leftist media. And not one of those outlets can point to a lie that Trump said he didn’t collude with Russia, because that statement happens to be true, whether you want to believe it or not. A $25 million investigation by Robert Mueller and his hand-picked team of lawyers concluded that neither Trump, nor anyone in his campaign, colluded with Russia.
I’m not defending the man. Let me say that again for effect–I am not defending Trump. He is beyond defense, because his own lies speak for themselves. One example: He was going to turn over his tax returns to be made public, and for three years he has broken that promise. He never had any intention of releasing them.
Since there was no evidence of collusion, I’m prepared to believe that there was also no obstruction of justice. Because what justice would a man who knows he didn’t commit a crime fear? Yet, obviously Trump feared something.
When President Trump learned two years ago that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, he was distraught.
Trump “slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f***ed,’ ” according to the report by special counsel Robert Mueller that was released Thursday in redacted form.NPR, April 18, 2019
Did he fear that Mueller would find something else related to the investigation? Doubtful. Trump has been investigated countless times, by banks, state governments, casino regulators, and opposing attorneys in various cases like the Trump University class-action suits.
Whatever dirt exists on the president, as a private businessman, and a presidential candidate, has already been loaded into cannon breeches, stuffed with gunpowder, and fired for effect. I mean, seriously, if the man wasn’t scared of Stormy Daniels (and yes, her now-former attorney was an incompetent boob who is getting his just desserts), what does he have to fear from the FBI, when the FBI works for him?
Trump tweeted “I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to.”
Did he choose not to? That depends if you take Trump literally or seriously. In a literal sense, yes, Trump chose not to fire Mueller, because he didn’t draft an executive order or some such legal document over his own signature. But the Mueller report makes it very clear that Trump wanted Mueller fired. He just didn’t want to do it himself.
The ten areas highlighted by the Washington Post where Mueller focused on whether the president engaged in obstruction paint a picture where Trump was (a) frustrated that his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, did nothing to stop the Russia investigation, (b) tried to have FBI Director James Comey end it and when Comey would not, fired him, (c) repeatedly asked White House Counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller, and (d) was careful to avoid directly tying himself saying “fire Mueller.”
The picture shows a man who lacks the fortitude to simply fire Mueller and be done with it. It shows a man who realized his presidency would be defined by the Russia investigation, which he believes President Obama concocted to hinder Trump’s campaign and presidency.
But mostly it illuminates a man who doesn’t like doing things that require personal courage.
If the Mueller report, and McGahn’s own statements are to be believed, Trump didn’t fire Mueller, not because he chose not to do it, but because he couldn’t get someone else to do it. Trump didn’t fire General John Kelly, General Jim Mattis, or numerous others in his administration either. He let them resign, or he had others do the dirty work, or in the case of Reince Priebus, he simply tweeted it.
According to the report, Trump didn’t fire Mueller, a man two years Trump’s elder, a Marine captain who served in Vietnam, while Trump claimed bone spurs, a prosecutor who wasn’t afraid to resort to brass knuckles, because Trump feared Mueller, and what would happen if he had to face the man who vexed him. Trump didn’t have the personal courage to tell Mueller “you’re fired,” even after making that his personal catchphrase by playing a mogul on TV.
Maybe this explains why Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has pushed back so intensely at McGahn. For his part, McGahn has stood by his own statements.
“It’s a mystery why Rudy Giuliani feels the need to re-litigate incidents the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General have concluded were not obstruction. But they are accurately described in the report,” McGahn’s attorney William Burck said in a statement to The Hill.
I don’t think it’s a mystery at all. Everything we need to know about President Trump is known. He can absorb every bit of hate, criticism, harassment and bile from the media, from the political left, and from his enemies. But he’d rather tell ten thousand lies than to suffer one person believing he’s a coward.