US President Donald Trump arrives for a press conference with Vice President Mike Pence in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- President Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, relieve his deputy Rod Rosenstein of supervisory authority over the Mueller investigation and give it to a loyalist who’s been critical of Mueller raises plenty of questions.
Here are a few of them:
1) Why now?
If the goal is to throw the brakes on or even terminate the special counsel’s investigation of potential Trump campaign collusion with the Russians and other issues, he probably should have done this a year ago. We don’t know for sure, but it seems as if Mueller’s work is well down the road – the indictment or conviction count is up to 35.
And if the idea is that by terminating Mueller you could keep his findings from becoming public, really?
This is Washington, and it’s potentially the story of the century. There’s no rug on earth big enough to sweep this under.
2) If the president has nothing to hide, why do this at all?
The best chance for exoneration was the completion of an unimpeded Mueller probe that found what it found, but didn’t find any persuasive evidence directly implicating Mr. Trump or others close to him in any serious crime.
Now you’ve set up the prospect of an investigation overseen by a puppet. That might not sell any better than the caravan story.
Which leads us to question 3: after dropping the House amid the lowest jobless rate in 49 years, what makes the president think he can survive another Saturday Night Massacre?
The original 45 years ago this fall marked the point where President Nixon’s eroding job approval was passed on the way up by the number that wanted him removed.
Here’s hoping there are some good answers to these questions and plenty more to come.
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