(National Sentinel) Executive Branch: As president, Donald J. Trump is head of the Executive Branch of government — and all of the departments and agencies that fall under it.

That means he has near-carte-blanche authority to hire and fire whomever he pleases. That would include a special prosecutor recently hired by the Justice Department to “investigate” the president’s alleged nefarious “collusion” with Russia to “steal” the November election.

Is he about to do that? Is he about to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Could be, after news broke yesterday that Mueller has expanded his “Russia” investigation to include any and all business dealings the Trump empire ever had with any Russiaever.

The news broke just a day after Trump essentially warned Mueller not to expand the investigation into Trump empire.

“A special counsel should never have been appointed in this case,” he told The New York Times.

Perhaps prophetically — and perhaps because Washington’s establishment media is incestuous — the Times reporters asked Trump what now seems like a baited question: Would he fire Mueller if the special counsel “was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia — is that a red line?”

” I would say yeah. I would say yes,” the president responded. “No, I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”

The president may be ready to rein in Mueller at the very least or, perhaps, set off a massive political firestorm by firing the special counsel.

As reported by the Washington Post:

With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.

A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.

The president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller’s probe could reach into his and his family’s finances, advisers said.

“If you’re looking at Russian collusion, the president’s tax returns would be outside that investigation,” said a close adviser to the president.

And what conflict of interest would be the most glaring? As Trump told the Times, the fact that Mueller interviewed for the job of FBI director the day before Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, bowing to pressure from Democrats, appointed Mueller as special counsel…to investigate the same president with which he just interviewed the job of America’s top cop.

“The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel’s office and any changes in the scope of the investigation,” Trump private attorney Jay Sekulow said. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate. If there’s drifting, we’re going to object.

“They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago,” he added. “In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”

And he would be right. But that’s very likely the point.

Could this entire thing have been a set-up all along — put Trump in a corner, get him to fire a guy who doesn’t really need a government job, and finally move toward impeachment?

Though Trump has authority as president to fire Mueller, lawmakers from both parties have widely praised him as being “independent” and “fair” — despite the fact that he’s hired a dozen or more Democratic-leaning lawyers for his team.

There are those who think that Mueller should have never been selected for this job in the first place, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He said last month that because of Mueller’s closeness with fired FBI Director James Comey — who purposely acted in his role as top cop to trigger the very special counsel investigation that is now taking place — Mueller should have recused himself right off the bat.

“To the degree that Comey’s involved, Mueller, in theory, should recuse himself,” he argued. “The rules of justice are very simple. You cannot be investigating somebody you are a personal friend of. And that’s why this whole thing is so absurd… This whole thing is sick and we ought to understand how sick it is. If you look at who Mueller is hiring, it gets even sicker,” Gingrich argued.

Sick, indeed, and likely by design.

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