What are friends for if you can’t ask them to go on TV and publicly beg you to fire the Special Counsel who’s investigating Russia’s collusion with your campaign and your obstruction of justice in trying to prevent that inquiry?
That is apparently the thought process currently circulating around what passes for the president’s addled brain these days.
With his cortisol levels through the roof with stress over the raid on his personal lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen and the discovery that the FBI now has recordings of Cohen’s phone calls and conversations with everyone he’s spoken with, President Trump has reportedly been calling people he knows and trusts for advice and to ask them to go on cable news to defend him and to call for the removal of Robert Mueller from his post heading up the investigation into the Trump campaign.
Perhaps some of Trump’s trust is misplaced, since one of the people he contacted leaked the story of the presidential request to CBS News who promptly reported the story.
Meanwhile, as the world waits to see if Trump will be foolish enough to defy legal and congressional advice and fire Special Counsel Mueller or his supervisor Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, both staunch Republicans incidently, The New York Times is reporting that the president’s advisors see the corruption investigation into possible campaign violations related to his attorney Michael Cohen’s legal travails as an even bigger threat to his continuation in the White House than the Mueller probe.
Exemplifying the reason that Trump has found it difficult to hire new lawyers to defend him in his multiplicity of legal woes, Trump reportedly called Michael Cohen this afternoon to “check in,” a move that even a rookie attorney would know enough to advise against.
That he did so on the same day that he pardoned a Bush-era official, Scooter Libby, for offenses including obstruction of justice and perjury in a case involving the leak of classified information is either highly ironic or a calculated signal to his indicted former campaign staff to keep their mouths shut.
With former FBI Director James Comey comparing Trump to a “mob boss” and calls from advisors to stop acting so guilty if he wants people to believe that he’s really innocent, Trump is going to need more than talking heads going on Fox News to defend him from the deeply disturbing news that keeps leaking out everyday as his sordid past keeps coming back to haunt him.
With Comey leading Trump by 16% in polls assessing their individual believability, the chickens are coming home to roost in the nest of lies that the president has woven.
It remains to be seen whether Trump will reach the level of desperation that will lead him to fire either Mueller or Rosenstein or both. If he doesn’t do so this weekend, it means that cooler heads amongst his advisors have won the battle… at least temporarily.
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