If you look at Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, it won’t take you long to see that the erratic president has been having a meltdown about former FBI Director Robert Mueller pretty much ever since the special counsel was appointed on May 17.
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to work on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, the president has been ranting on Twitter that he is a victim of “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
Behind the scenes, the Associated Press reports, he is “yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency.”
Trump has become so irate that he had to be stopped from firing Mueller last week. But sources said he may still do so despite all of the advice he is receiving to the contrary over the risk of triggering an impeachment from Congress.
It’s not hard to see why Trump would be so terrified: Mueller is universally respected for his integrity and doggedness, and he has been assembling a hunter-killer team of crack investigators and lawyers to help him —one of them even speaks Russian.
Trump’s attack dogs have been desperately trying to discredit Mueller as a Democratic partisan — the very idea is ludicrous, given that he was appointed to run by the FBI by President George W. Bush — but that the Marine combat veteran cannot be bought off or intimidated.
This has always been Trump’s M.O. — witness his attempts to win pledges of “loyalty” from James Comey in return for allowing him to stay on as FBI director. Comey wouldn’t play ball, and neither will Mueller.
So that right there is enough reason for Trump to be scared now that he is being investigated by Mueller for obstruction of justice — a crime which he essentially admitted on national television when he said that he fired Comey to shut down the investigation into the “Russia thing.”
In fact, Trump has even more cause for concern because, like previous investigations, this one won’t be narrowly limited. Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath about his sex life. Trump’s case is far more serious because it deals with national security. To get the truth about Kremlingate, Mueller will need to investigate any possible financial ties between Trump, his associates, and Russia — and that, in turn, will lead Mueller to probe just about every financial transaction in which Trump and his cronies have been involved.
“A former senior official said Mr. Mueller’s investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates. The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payments, probably by routing them through offshore banking centers.”
Did someone say money laundering? According to a bombshell report by NBC News, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort “was associated with at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, and that “At least one of those companies was used to receive millions of dollars from a billionaire Putin ally.”
Worst of all for Trump, the investigation is likely to shine a spotlight on his own dubious business practices. He would be exceedingly lucky if the investigation were limited only to the finances of his associates.