For the news media, speculating about whether or not President Donald Trump is preparing to fire special counsel Robert Mueller never gets old.
Every time the president pops off in a press conference or on his Twitter feed about the special counsel investigation’s being a “witch hunt,” another dayslong round of navel-gazing and bold predictions by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that firing Mueller would be “the beginning of the end” for Trump’s presidency ensues.
It seems that this cycle has come and gone on a monthly basis since last June, but it may not have been quite that often. Regardless, it’s all incredibly tiresome, and if Trump didn’t fire Mueller last June, when he probably should have done so, then it’s a pretty sure bet he isn’t planning to do so now, after nine months of this nonsense.
The germinating event for the media’s current round of pointless speculation was a tweet by the president from Saturday morning, in which Trump said the following:
“The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!”
On Sunday, he followed that little 280-character masterpiece with:
“Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added…does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!”
Immediately upon issuance of that Saturday tweet, everyone at CNN and MSNBC developed a severe case of the vapors, and the fake reporters at The Washington Post and The New York Times scrambled to see who could come up with the most pious tweets and click-baitiest headlines.
The result was a series of mindless screeds telling us all why, despite all the previous media-invented false starts, this time Trump really is going to fire Mueller! Why, he actually used Mueller’s name! The nerve! He simply must be planning to fire him!
The Sunday tweet just added more fuel to an already roaring bonfire of fake journalist vanities, as Trump’s fictional “plans to fire Robert Mueller” became the main topic du jour on all the Sunday morning talking-head festivals.
Of course, the Trump White House immediately and repeatedly denied the media-fed rumor because, well, the president is not going to fire Mueller. Not now, and not any time in the future. Think about it: Mueller is no threat to Trump.
His indictments thus far have amounted to a bunch of unrelated violations against several Trump campaign functionaries that took place years before the campaign began, forcing retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn into a guilty plea though he isn’t really guilty.
Mueller has also charged a bunch of Russian nationals for setting up fake accounts on Twitter and Facebook and staging some fake protests. The fact is that, as of today, Mueller is holding a big bag of nothing when it comes to proving any sort of wrongdoing on the president’s part.
Meanwhile, since the Mueller investigation began, the media have been forced against their will to report all manner of proof that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were actually colluding with Russian agents during the 2016 campaign, through the millions of dollars they spent to finance the phony Trump dossier. And the media have also been forced to grudgingly report on all the abuses of the FISA process by the anti-Trump cabal within the FBI and the Department of Justice.
Even better, the constant media feeding frenzy over the Mueller investigation has allowed Trump to quietly go about implementing major, even radical reforms of the executive branch of government and the nation’s regulatory structure.
In its first year, Trump repealed more regulations than every other presidency combined, and the public barely noticed because all the fake journalists in Washington and New York were too focused on their Russia-collusion fantasy play to report the story.
Why would Trump want to shut down that process by firing Mueller? Obviously, he wouldn’t.
It is far more likely the president’s tweets targeting Mueller are designed to elicit exactly the reaction from the media that they created: day after day of praise for the former FBI director. That would be because Trump is expecting something positive to come out of the special counsel’s office in the coming days or weeks.
This has been the president’s pattern of behavior since his campaign began almost three years ago, and there is no reason to think anything has changed now. As much as the media would love to see Trump fire the special counsel, those presidential tweets really signal that Mueller’s job is perfectly safe.
David Blackmon is a longtime public policy professional who correctly predicted the Trump victory to his clients in 2016, and who has spent the past 18 months providing analysis of the Trump campaign and administration with his DB Daily Update.
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