Sources close to Mueller leaked to NBC News today the four areas that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is investigating in his obstruction of justice case against President Trump — and they could lead to impeachment.
Apart from his probes into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential election and alleged money laundering, Mueller has plenty of fodder to make a case against the president for obstruction of justice.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 12, 2018
First, Trump tried to fire James Comey for not shutting down the Russia investigation, which backfired badly, resulting in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointing Mueller as Special Counsel.
Secondly, Trump dictated his son’s misleading response to reports of a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr., First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, now-indicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Kremlin intelligence officials.
Thirdly, Trump has hinted he would pardon family members and associates, including Manafort and convicted former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
And lastly, he pressured Attorney General Sessions to not recuse himself in the Russia investigation, even though Sessions had met with top Russian officials during the campaign on behalf of Trump.
What’s more, Trump has suggested that he wants to fire Mueller and Rosenstein to shut down the Russia probe.
If Trump is innocent, he is for some reason going out of his way to behave like a guilty man.
Those close to him fear he will ignite a constitutional crisis by firing Rosenstein and/or Mueller, as the investigation heats up to a boiling point, with the FBI raising Trump fixer, lawyer and personal friend Michael Cohen’s New York residence, office and hotel room.
However, Mueller has been cooperating with Southern District Court of New York, which ensures that the investigation will continue even if Trump fires Rosenstein and Mueller. Meanwhile, Trump’s appointee, Geoffrey Berman, recused himself from the Cohen raid, blatantly defying the president’s goal in positioning him in that office.
If Mueller sends his report to Rosenstein detailing his mountain of evidence that Trump has obstructed justice in plain sight, Rosenstein would have to make the choice to release the Special Counsel’s findings to the public, at which point Congress would be under enormous pressure to impeach Trump.
And that’s just the obstruction thread. When Mueller files his evidence on the Russia conspiracy, money laundering and other crimes, it will be hard for Congress to keep delaying consequences for Trump’s crimes.
Until now, congressional Republicans have closed ranks to protect Trump. However, with House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing yesterday that he won’t run for re-election, conservative lawmakers are realizing that their slavish loyalty to Trump will not pay off electorally in the November midterms.
As one Republican congressman confided to a conservative blogger yesterday, ” If we’re going to lose because of him, we might as well impeach the motherf**ker. “
No wonder Trump is floating war with Syria, Iran and North Korea to distract from his tsunami of scandals. Impeachment is at his doorstep. If he is forced to step down, he will no longer have the presidency to protect him from indictment for his crimes.