Can’t fire his way out of this

Surely, President Donald Trump doesn’t think he can make the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election go away by firing people. He fired FBI Director James Comey, as he told NBC newsman Lester Holt, because of the Russia investigation. He told a couple of Russian officials in the Oval Office that the investigation was going to ease up because he fired that “nut bag” Comey.

When Comey leaked memos of his conversations with the president, saying Trump had asked for his “loyalty,” and hoping that he would ease off on the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department as a special counsel to investigate Russia’s involvement in the election and the possibility of the Trump campaign’s ties to that interference. Mueller was widely hailed by many, including Trump friends, as a competent, responsible, unassailably honest iand objective nvestigator.

Now after Trump claimed Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee has completely exonerated him, some of Trump’s close friends are saying the president is considering the possibility of firing Mueller. According to Trump supporter Newt Gingrich, Mueller’s ability to be fair should be questioned, based on the people he was hiring.

We suppose that means Mueller can’t be counted on to deliver a decision favorable to the president.

Surely the president knows that firing the special counsel without an absolutely valid, ironclad reason would blow up in his face. It would make him look guilty in a city where the appearance of guilt is just as damaging as the real thing.

The best thing Trump can do is let the investigation proceed, cooperate with it, be honest, and let the results come out, favorable or unfavorable.

As Richard M. Nixon, Bill Clinton and so many other people in power have learned, it’s not so much the original offense but the coverup that is so damaging.


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