It was an interesting weekend in Washington, D.C. with Trump melting down on twitter, attacking Robert Mueller more directly than ever before and forcing the question in everyones’ mind, is Trump planning on firing Mueller? GOP strategist Rick Tyler says, yes absolutely, and furthermore that the GOP won’t do a damn thing about it.
Tyler was Newt Gingrich’s press secretary and made the legendary quote to the Huffington Post, “But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich…” He also worked on Ted Cruz’ campaign, where he was fired, because Cruz was, in the words of the New Republic, “a little too cavalier with the truth,” and Communications Director Tyler, was “an exceptional flack.” So take all this into consideration when you read his words, spoken this morning on MSNBC:
“Here’s what’s going to happen, I’m going to go out on a limb, 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 McCabe the reason to deny him his retirement is he has to discredit him. 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.”
“We’ve got a single line sentence from the Speaker of the House, we’ve got nothing, practically, from leadership in the Senate, we’ve got a little bit from Lindsey Graham, but it’s weak soup. It’s not going to happen.”
The weak soup Tyler refers to is Graham intoning solemnly that it will be “the beginning of the end of his presidency” if/when Trump fires Mueller. Graham has made bi-partisan sounding noises indicating that the Republican majority is actually taking a stance against firing Mueller. He told Jake Tapper yesterday,
“The only reason Mr. Mueller could ever be dismissed is for cause. I see no cause when it comes to Mr. Mueller. He needs to be able to do his job independent of any political influence. I pledge to the American people as a Republican to make sure that Mr. Mueller can continue to do his job without any interference. I think he’s doing a good job. [Tapper asked if Trump was planning to fire Mueller.] “Well as I said before, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency because we’re a rule of law nation.”
The one line from Paul Ryan is that, “Mr. Mueller and his team should be able to do their job.” Trey Gowdy chimed in with, “If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.” Senator James Lankford, (R-OK) said, “I don’t see the President firing him. I think the White House has said 10 times, maybe more, that they’re not going to fire Robert Mueller, they want him to be able to finish the investigation.”
This is the most recurring theme in the Trump administration since Mueller was first appointed. Every few months Trump gets loopy and starts talking about firing Mueller. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said back in December that he “heard the drumbeat” once again and told Jake Tapper, “that it would be beyond political malpractice, it would cause a constitutional crisis if Mr. Trump were to fire Mr. Mueller.” So far that has remained the conventional wisdom on the subject, at least according to the Democrats.
Chuck Schumer put things in context, and said, according to CNN, “Trump is ‘floating trial balloons’ to derail the investigation and said Republicans ‘have an obligation’ to establish that Mueller’s firing would be a red line.”
Adam Schiff bottom lined it today: [If Trump tried to oust Mueller] “The House would pass a law reinstating the former FBI director. Members need to speak out now, don’t wait for the crisis.”
So who’s right about what’s going to happen? Here’s Tyler on Stephanie Ruhle’s show today.
Start at :37.