(National Sentinel)Â Executive Branch:Â Itâ€™s no secret that President Donald J. Trump is sick and tired of the ongoing â€œRussiaâ€ investigations â€“ by Congress, by the Justice Department, and by the DoJ-appointed â€œspecial counselâ€ Robert Mueller.
In an interview with The New York Times this week, Trump made his irritation plain when he told editors and reporters that if he had known ahead of time that early campaign ally Jeff Sessions would, as one of his first official acts, recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigations, the president would never have nominated him.
â€œJeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,â€ he told The Times. â€œHow do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, â€˜Thanks, Jeff, but Iâ€™m not going to take you.â€™ Itâ€™s extremely unfair â€” and thatâ€™s a mild word â€” to the president.â€ [RELATED: Trump critical of Sessions over AGâ€™s recusal from Russia probes; â€˜very unfair to the presidentâ€™]
In the same interview, Trump was asked whether he would ever fire Mueller, and if so, under what circumstances. This is where it is now getting interesting. The Times reported:
Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest and warned investigators against delving into matters too far afield from Russia. Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office.Â [Emphasis added]
When he was asked if Muellerâ€™s investigation would go a step too far if it began examining Trump family finances beyond any relationship to Russia, the president was much more specific.
â€œI would say yes,â€ Trump responded, though he did not clarify what he might do about it. â€œI think thatâ€™s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.â€
Well, that red line may have just been crossed.
Bloomberg News reported Thursday that Mueller has, in fact, expanded his investigation into just that aspect of Trumpâ€™s personal life:
The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last yearâ€™s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trumpâ€™s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.
This comes on the heels of the president, less than a day earlier, telling The TimesÂ that such a probe would be out of bounds. Are we about to see a showdown between a president clearly fed up with the Russia nothing burgers and the Deep Stateâ€™s operatives â€“ Mueller being one of them?
By all rights the president, as head of the Executive Branch and all its various agencies â€“ which includes the Justice Department, whom Mueller works for â€“ has the authority to fire the special counsel, for any reason or for no reason. But if he does that, the political fallout would be immense.
Democrats and not a few Republicans, all of whom have repeatedly touted Muellerâ€™s reputation and supposed independence, would scream â€œobstruction of justiceâ€ from every corner of the nationâ€™s capital. Pretty much all mainstream media outlets would use the firing to once and for all â€œproveâ€ the Trump-Russia â€œcollusionâ€ narrative theyâ€™ve been pushing for months. It may be that Trump could not survive politically.
To Trumpâ€™s legion of political enemies, on the surface, there is a Trump business empire connection to Russia: financing deals, buildings and the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which Trump used to own. To his critics, those ties alone are â€œproofâ€ of â€œcollusion.â€
So, less than a day after the president warns Mueller to stick to his real mandate â€“ investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election â€“ word breaks that heâ€™s already begun looking into Trump corporate financial dealings with Russian entities.
And now a showdown is brewing, which leads to this question: Was this all a setup from the beginning?
This story was originally published at Trump.news.