There might be one silver lining to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s announcement that he believes Trump will terminate him any day: one Democratic lawmaker is prepared to file articles of impeachment if Trump’s plan comes to fruition.
Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle tweeted on Friday that he intends to “immediately introduce an article of impeachment” if Trump moves forward with his “clear attempt to obstruct justice.”
— Rep. Brendan Boyle (@CongBoyle) April 13, 2018
Terminating Rosenstein would allow Trump to take advantage of a loophole wherein the president himself cannot fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but he can appoint a more loyal Deputy AG who would. Such action would end the ongoing investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
National concern for this disastrous decision reached new heights on Monday after the FBI conducted a raid on the home, hotel room, and Trump Tower office of Trump’s long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
In a subsequent press conference intended to discuss the alleged chemical attacks in Syria, Trump rambled on an unprovoked rant, calling the raid a “disgrace” and an “attack on the country.” When one reporter shouted the question, “Why don’t you just fire Mueller?” Trump confessed that has been suggested to him and that, in reaction to the raid, he was considering it.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was subsequently asked whether Trump thought he had the authority to fire Mueller directly. “He certainly believes that he has the power to do so,” she replied. As a reminder, he does not, but rules don’t seem to matter in this administration.
Trump insists he has been cooperating with the special counsel, in spite of his threats to the contrary. On Thursday, he tweeted, “I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!). I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process.”
If Trump is cooperating with Mueller as he insists, one major question remains: why would an innocent person feel the need to end an investigation into a foreign power’s meddling in a US election, especially as the 2018 midterms approach?
There really can be only one answer: Trump is guilty as sin, and Mueller is close to unveiling something “yuge” which could finally bring this seemingly endless nightmare to a dramatic close.
Let’s just hope Rep. Boyle can garner enough support behind him if Trump moves forward with this insidious plot.