With relatively civilizing influences like former White House communications director, Hope Hicks, out of the West Wing, Trump has taken off the gloves, gearing for a bare-knuckle fight with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller — and the world at large.
According to today’s Vanity Fair, a former White House aide said of the president’s free-for-all, “Trump is looking at this saying, I did it your way for months, now I’m fucking doing it my way.”
With Mueller subpoenaing the Trump Organization’s Russia-related documents, Trump becomes increasingly unhinged. On Tuesday, he ignored a briefing memo saying, “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on his shame election victory. Yesterday, revelations emerged that Trump scapegoat, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, had been investigating Trump’s Attorney General John Sessions for alleged perjury in congressional Russia hearings when Sessions fired him on Friday for a “lack of candor.” Today, Trump slapped new tariffs on goods from China, causing the stock market to tank.
About Trump’s mad king act, a friend of his said, “He was f**king excited and jubilant. He was like, everything’s great and these f**kers in the media are beside themselves.”
According to Steve Bannon, Trump is considering firing chief of staff John Kelly and not replacing him, instead running the White House himself, unfettered by any semblance of structure or discipline.
Steve Bannon just said if John Kelly leaves there wont be another chief of staff (@realDonaldTrump thrives in that kind of environment)
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) March 22, 2018
What’s worse, as a distraction from Mueller’s intensifying probe, Trump is gathering steam to start a war, probably with Iran or nuclear North Korea, as he ousts national security advisor, Lt. General H. R. McMaster, replacing him with far-right war hawk John Bolton.
Today, Trump’s top Russia lawyer, John Dowd, who had encouraged the president to cooperate with Mueller’s probe, resigned. Meanwhile, on Monday, Trump added FOX conspiracy theorist Joseph DiGenova to his legal team, as they both agree that Mueller’s investigation is a “WITCH HUNT.” Trump is also reportedly seeking a replacement for his attorney Ty Cobb.
The pièce de resistance in this tale of mania comes in the form of murmurs that Trump wants to hire back his former lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who notoriously emailed a critic, saying, “[W]atch your back, bitch” — a clear sign Trump is considering firing his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whom Kasowitz has recommended firing.
Trump is off the leash, a dangerous prospect for America. Either his Cabinet should vote to enforce the 25th Amendment to relieve him of his duties citing his incompetent mental state, or Congress should vote to impeach him.
Neither of those scenarios is likely to take place. The best we can hope for is to flip Congress this November, so a Democratic majority can vote to impeach the president.
If Trump declares war on Iran or North Korea before then, we are in for an uphill battle.
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