He Is Crazy Enough

New York Magazine on OMP being crazy enough to fire Robert Mueller:

[OMP] will probably not fire Mueller right away. But the odds that he will fire him eventually are quite strong, perhaps 50-50 or higher.

First, [OMP] has a very strong motive to fire Mueller: He is probably guilty. Several of [OMP‘s] associates have obscured or lied about their meetings with or financial ties to Russia, [OMP] has taken a curiously pro-Russian approach to a series of diplomatic issues (including handing over sensitive information to Russian diplomats), and his son-in-law tried to establish a secret communications line to Moscow. Even if [OMP] and his inner circle turn out to be innocent of the underlying crime, he is obviously guilty of obstructing justice: demanding loyalty of the FBI director and asking him to halt an investigation into a presidential crony, asking other intelligence officials to make this request as well, firing the director, and then publicly admitting he did it to quash the Russia investigation is comically transparent fact pattern.

[OMP] continues to take actions that are difficult to explain if he is innocent and only sensible if he is guilty. A year ago, it seemed implausible to imagine that he could actually make it through the campaign without releasing his tax returns. What could he possibly have to hide that would be worse than the appearance of guilt he was inviting? Perhaps the answer is the same as why he might fire Mueller. What would be worse than the backlash from firing Mueller? The outcome of Mueller’s investigation, maybe.

Second, [OMP] has no intrinsic respect for political norms. He fired Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who had investigative authority over some aspects of [OMP‘s] business, after trying to ascertain his loyalty. He fired Comey after the same process. He pursues vendettas against those who challenge or threaten him with irrational vengeance. His need for deference and flattery is abnormal by the standards of either human beings in general or non-dictator politicians in particular. [OMP] is an instinctive authoritarian; the existence of an independent law enforcement system beyond his control is intolerable to him.

Third, [OMP] has endlessly violated a series of norms that appeared to be inviolable. From the outset of his candidacy, party officials warned him that his behavior — the absurd and promiscuous lying, refusal to disclose his tax returns, refusal to divest his business interests as president, undisciplined tweeting, and on and on — would have to stop.

These experiences have taught [OMP] that the caterwauling Republicans have no real power to hold him back. He can accuse Ted Cruz’s father of killing Jack Kennedy, and call his wife ugly, and however angry Cruz gets, Cruz will come crawling back. Republican warnings have always proved empty.

The rest of the article is equally compelling. 1
He Is Crazy Enough

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  1. It’s worth mentioning that regardless of whether OMP fires Mueller, that will have absolutely no impact on NY AG Schneiderman’s grand jury investigating state financial crimes, as well as looking into young Eric’s charitable impulses. Neither of these investigations can be halted by a president, or pardons issued afterward.

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