One need cast only a cursory glance at President Trump’s Twitter account to see that the lifelong conman is panicking. He tweets constantly about the “Russia hoax” and the “rigged witch hunt,” repeating himself ad nauseam in an increasingly erratic fashion as the walls of the Oval Office close in around him.
And while his attempts to stir up controversy after controversy in the hopes of distracting from the failings of his corrupt administration may dominate the news cycle for short bursts of time, they have no effect on the real threat to his presidency: Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to steal the 2016 election.
As Mueller continues steadfastly in his investigation, Trump will resort to more and more desperate tactics to save his own skin, a reality that became even more apparent with a disturbing revelation today.
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Jeff Mason of Reuters has revealed that in a new interview with the esteemed publication Trump not only claimed that he has deliberately chosen not to be involved with the Mueller probe — an untrue statement given the fact that Trump has repeatedly attempted to discredit the probe through misleading tweets — but also claimed that he is “totally allowed” to get involved if he so chooses.
“I’ve decided to stay out. Now, I don’t have to stay out, as you know. I can go in and I could… do whatever, I could run it if I want,” Trump said, according to Mason.
Exclusive: @realDonaldTrump tells @Reuters he has chosen not to be involved in Mueller probe but is "totally allowed" to be if he wanted to. "I've decided to stay out. Now, I don't have to stay out, as you know. I can go in and I could… do whatever, I could run it if I want."
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) August 20, 2018
Of course, the idea that Trump could seize control of an investigation into his own campaign, an investigation that has already led to numerous indictments, led to his former campaign manager Paul Manafort being put on trial, and which threatens to soon lead to an indictment of his longtime attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, is patently absurd.
Trump is terrified of what the Mueller probe has unearthed and will continue to unearth. He can hear the clock ticking out on his presidency, and so his floating of the idea that he might replace Mueller and lead the probe himself is an implicit admission that he is running out of options.
Mueller must be allowed to fully complete his probe unobstructed and Congress must ensure that Trump takes no further steps to hamper it. The very fate of the Republic depends upon it.