If you happen to follow the president on Twitter, then you likely have noticed that the rhetoric and intensity of his attacks on the Special Counsel have picked up considerably over the last several days. This social media storm that Trump seems to have taken upon himself came to a head yesterday morning in a series of tweets, which ended with the following message from the president:
“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”
Immediately following this tweet, lawyers and political pundits alike began questioning if this tweet itself could be considered obstruction of justice.
“By publicly calling the prosecutors in the ongoing Manafort criminal trial a “disgrace to the USA” and their efforts a witch hunt and a “stain,” Trump obstructed justice even apart from trying to undermine the inquiry into his *own* wrongdoing. Nobody seems to have noted that, wrote US Constitutional lawyer, Laurence Tribe.
If his tweets aren’t worrisome enough, today Gabriel Sherman from Vanity Fair reported that sources within and outside the White House, who have spoken to the president, have indicated a change in his attitude towards the Mueller probe.
One Republican who is in frequent contact with the president, told Sherman that “the Manafort trial is spinning him into a frenzy.”
Another source close to the president told Sherman that Trump has his mind set on Sessions ending the probe altogether, and has spoken of a timeline of only a ‘couple of week’. This source also indicated that if the probe does not end soon, Trump has threatened to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein himself.
Another Republican close to the White also indicated that Chief of Staff John Kelly is worried about a terrible decision that Trump may make, and his own decision to stay on throughout the president’s first term was made in an effort to stop the ‘insanity’.
“Kelly knows he’s the last bulwark against insanity in that White House,” this Republican told Vanity Fair.
Rosenstein is currently the one who oversees the Mueller investigation, and if fired, a replacement would have the opportunity to scale down the probe, or even end it altogether.