Trump friends and foes alike—take notice, the biggest firestorm of the President’s career may be about to ignite. In an interview with the New York Times this week, Trump seems to have communicated that he is considering and may try to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel hired to investigate the President’s ties to Russia, and his whole probe. Trump cannot fire him directly, according to the law, but he could fire the entire senior staff of the DoJ until he finds a replacement that would be willing to dismiss Mueller, so theoretically it is possible. The news follows the announcement that Mueller has expanded his probe into Trump’s private business transactions.
FINSUM: No matter whether you support Trump or not, this would cause an unbelievable political storm in Washington and likely with the public. Our own view is that Trump does not have any troubling connections to the Kremlin and he just needs to ride this misery out rather than reacting and making it worse.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel hired to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, has reportedly deepened its probe. Mueller’s investigation will also now include digging into Trump’s business transactions to ensure he has no illicit links to Russia. According a Bloomberg source, the expanded probe will include “Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008”. Trump’s team argues such inquiries are beyond the remit of the investigation, but the situation is made fuzzy because Trump has had business dealings with Russia for years.
FINSUM: It is silly to expect a global real estate developer to not have had dealings with Russians. Hard to say where this will lead…
Senator John McCain, 80, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer this week. The news has rocked Washington since its release, and seems to have greatly disturbed the political order. The reason why seems to be two-fold. Firstly, with McCain out, Republicans only have 51 senators in the Senate, a tiny margin. Secondly, McCain had been the foremost Russia hawk and the loudest in-party critic of Donald Trump, leading the moderate wing of the Republican party. If he is unable to return to his duties, it will leave a gaping whole in the party and the Senate. McCain was also seen as a stabilizing force in global politics as he has recently reached out internationally to smooth over tensions created by the President.
FINSUM: There is no doubt about it, McCain is a deeply respected political force in Washington, an anchor of American politics. His departure would change the whole landscape.