Top 6 signs Trump Really doesn’t like being Investigated

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

1. Preet Bharara, former US attorney for Manhattan, says that after the election Trump called him several times and seemed to be attempting to cultivate him in an unorthodox way. Bharara had jurisdiction over Trump Tower and business deals in Manhattan. Although he was told by Trump he could keep his job, his resignation was demanded along with that of all the US district attorneys appointed in the Obama era. When Bharara declined, he was fired.

2. Sally Yates, acting Attorney General, flagged to White House counsel that then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had in fact interacted with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in ways that he denied, and that his public dishonesty on this issue opened him to being blackmailed by the Russians. She was fired after she declined to implement Trump’s Muslim ban, on the grounds that it was unconstitutional, but many observers think that her focus on Flynn was part of the reason for her dismissal.

3. Trump asked James Comey, then the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to drop the investigation of Mike Flynn, his first National Security Adviser, who stands accused of not reporting money he took from Russia and Turkey.

4. When Comey did not drop the Flynn investigation, Trump fired Comey.

5. Trump is angry at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the US Election. Because Sessions recused himself, the decision of whether to appoint a special prosecutor fell to deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, a career civil servant rather than a Trump insider.

6. Now there is buzz that Trump wants to fire the special prosecutor appointed by Rosenstein, former FBI director Robert Mueller. Mueller’s charge is to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 election. The wording of the congressional law on special prosecutors requires that Trump ask Rosenstein to do the firing.

Somehow these high-powered investigators who have looking into Trump part of their remit all seem to end up in the unemployment line…

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Al Franken On Mueller’s Possible Firing: Trump Isn’t Acting Like He Has Nothing To Hide

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  1. If Trump had nothing to hide, he would have cooperated with any investigation, and welcomed the opportunity to clear himself of all suspicion. He keeps acting like he is above all laws, and removes every credible official that gets close to the truth. Trump supporters still do not get the fact that this is costing the nation for too much, and harming our democracy.
    With so many unscrupulous members of his administration, this seems far worse than Watergate.

    • Consider, perhaps, that for businessmen, particularly of his ilk, one always wants to keep the world of potential opponents off-balance and ignorant. Even if there’s nothing to a complaint.

      Consider that the real agenda of Trump and the GOP is economic looting, and systemic restructuring to support that goal.

      In which case, he’s distracting us all with one hand, while the other does its dirty business.

      • u may be rite, para 1.
        u def rite, para 2.
        u wrong, para 3.
        trump not distracting; MSM is doing the distracting.
        but many r not distracted!

  2. If I were Robert Mueller, I wouldn’t be losing much sleep. If Trump tries to terminate the special counsel, I have no doubt the funding for Mueller to continue would magically appear. Lacking the backing of the Justice Department, the committee might need to work a bit harder to obtain the documents and warrants they would need to proceed, but Mueller and his staff are seasoned lawyers; they know how to bypass obstacles.

    • It’d work out better in the committee scenario, since he could go where the evidence leads. Trouble is, and someone else can clarify the details, but it seems that investigative subpoenas have to be approved by chairmen, who are mostly Republicans.

      And, given this congress, how bad would Trump’s malfeasances have to be to get him impeached AND thrown out?

      The goal should be to keep him on his back foot, if that’s possible, and inspire a turnout for the midterms that makes a difference.

      It’ll be a tough couple years, even as he waits for some crisis with which to extend his power and agenda, beyond what we can now contemplate or plan for.

  3. Thanks for creating a “one-stop” shopping list. There is so much… noise coming out of the WH, stuff is getting harder to track.

    A couple of mechanicals about the article… Title should be 5 things: 3 & 4 are really the same thought (however, I suspect you’ll get Things 6-10 over the next couple of months);

    Typo (should read “charge”) under #6.

  4. I think the sequence of events was probably first the realization that Comey had to be fired and that his firing would lead to an independent counsel who would get any dirt Comey had on Trump. Then came the very clever move of picking a special counsel who couldn’t use anything Comey gave him. I’d say the last thing Trump will do is get rid of Mueller. Comey’s predictable Senate testimony destroyed Mueller’s credibility as an independent counsel. We keep forgetting that Trump was mentored for years by none other than Roy Cohn.

    • So…how would Comey’s testimony compromise Mueller? And why can’t he use whatever Comey may have turned up? Are you referring to the limitations of his remit, or is there something else? Inquiring minds want to know.

      • Impeachment is a political process. Mueller’s close relationship with Comey and the FBI and the fact that Comey says he used uncorroborated notes from meetings with Trump to pressure the Deputy AG into bringing in a special counsel have, amazingly, made it possible for Trump to claim that Mueller can’t be fair and objective.

  5. As long as powerful people with criminal acts to hide remain in control nothing will improve, only more chaos and stupidity will ensue. If POTUS was the only one with things to hide, he’s not. If POTUS goes down, so do many others. And why these investigations will be stonewalled, effectively.

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