So far the people who have delved deepest into leading the probes of the connections between Russian interference with our Presidential election and the Trump campaign have wound up quickly joining the ranks of the formerly employed.
Besides the most noted example of former FBI Director James Comey, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara have both been expeditiously given pink slips and shown the door the minute Trump perceived them as getting too close to investigating areas that might prove disastrous for his nascent administration.
One would think that the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and “related matters” would give the public confidence that at last the investigation could continue unimpeded.
However, in an appearance today on ABC’s This Week, one of Trump’s personal attorneys ripped the rug out from under any sense of confidence that justice will prevail.
Host George Stephanopoulos asked the President’s attorney Jay Sekulow whether Trump would promise to not meddle in the investigation or order the Justice Department to fire the Special Counsel. Sekulow’s answer was terrifying:
“Look, the president of the United States, as we all know, is a unitary executive,” Sekulow said. “But the president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside. And I’m not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do.”
Basically refusing to rule out the idea of Trump firing Mueller, Sekulow added that while he couldn’t imagine that this would be an issue, “that, again, is an issue that the president with his advisers would discuss if there was a basis.”
Surely Trump would learn from his drastic miscalculation of the public response to his firing of Comey that nothing prevents a cloud of suspicion from being lifted better than firing a straight-arrow former FBI Director who is tasked with uncovering the potential misdeeds of Trump and his staff. That would, however, assume a level of intelligence that he has failed to demonstrate thus far in his presidency, or, for that matter, in his life to date.