If you are a student of history at all, you know that President Richard Nixon did the unthinkable during the Watergate scandal, and ordered the firing of the special prosecutor, Archibald Cox. When his own Attorney General refused to do it, that Attorney General was fired as well. Anyone who stood in Nixon’s way and refused his orders was fired. This all happened on a Saturday night, leading to the term “Saturday Night Massacre,” to describe Nixon’s corrupt attempt to stop an investigation that was getting too close to him. Fast forward to 2017, and now we have Donald Trump and his Russian collusion and obstruction of justice investigation. According to new reports, we may be about to witness another “Saturday Night Massacre” as the Russia investigation gets too close to the Trump White House.
Trump friend Christopher Ruddy was in Donald Trump’s company at the White House on Monday, and what he seems to have learned during that visit is a real doozy. Appearing on PBS Newshour, Ruddy said:
“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option.”
So, in other words, Trump is more paranoid than ever – and likely with good reason. Special Counsel Robert Mueller must be getting too close to Trump and the rest of his White House team. We know from history that there would literally be no other reason to do something like fire Mueller.
A source close to Trump says that the people around him are trying to get him not to fire Mueller, but we all know that Trump does whatever the hell he wants. Ruddy went on to say of the matter:
“[Firing Mueller] would be a very significant mistake, even though I don’t think there’s a justification … for a special counsel.”
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff has warned Trump that firing Mueller will do him no favors, because Congress would just re-appoint Mueller to the post:
If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don't waste our time.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 12, 2017
Donald Trump and who knows how many other people are going down. They know it, and this is why they are resorting to these tactics. It won’t work, though, and Trump and his entire administration will go down just like Nixon did. It’s only a matter of time.
Watch Christopher Ruddy’s remarks below:
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) June 12, 2017
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