The strategic game of cat and mouse being played by Robert Mueller and the Trump administration in 2018 has had a massive contingent of cheerleaders, and they aren’t exclusively from the liberal left either.
There is no doubt that there are snakes in the grass surrounding the President – this is the D.C. swamp after all – but the unprecedented number of leaks from within high level White House channels has been an extraordinary indicator of just how treacherous Trump’s path is. Things have been so loose, in terms of legislative lips, that President Trump has been forced to do the unthinkable.
It’s well-known that nearly everyone in Donald Trump’s orbit has to sign a nondisclosure agreement, from business associates, to campaign employees, to women he may or may not have had affairs with. Therefore it is simultaneously galling and non-at-all surprising that Trump may have pressured senior White House staffers into signing NDAs, though they are members of the federal government, not his personal employees.
Trump actually told the Washington Post in April 2016 that he intended to use NDAs in the White House, saying, “When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don’t like that.”
And Trump made sure to up the stakes quite a bit in the contract:
Trump’s hope, according to the source, was that staffers would “think twice” about leaking “if they were on the hook for some serious damages.” It appears the consequences were indeed quite serious. Marcus obtained a draft of the NDA that includes a $10 million punishment…
Now, as the President stares down Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, Trump has been forced to contemplate some difficult maneuvers…one of which could include firing Mueller. This possibility was so worrisome to the liberal left that they drafted legislation to protect the investigation.
The snakes in the congressional grass slithered from their nests on the right side of the chamber to join.
Despite opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley confirmed Thursday that his committee will vote next week on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired in the midst of the Russia investigation.
“Some have raised the question of why the committee plans on proceeding with the markup despite the fact that the majority leader has indicated that he will not take this bill up on the floor,” said Grassley, R-Iowa., at a committee meeting. “The views of the majority leader are obviously important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here on the Judiciary Committee.”
McConnell said Tuesday on Fox News that he would not bring the bipartisan bill to the Senate floor for a vote, even if it is approved by the Judiciary Committee. The committee is scheduled to vote next Thursday, after debating amendments.
“We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell, R-Ky., said during an interview on Fox News.
While this may seem like a bold and unforgiving move by these republican turncoats, there is no telling if they are even protecting anything worth saving.
Speculation has been rampant that Mueller’s entire investigation is a sham, and the Special Counsel is exploiting the Russia angle in order to go after Trump and his associates for petty process crimes unrelated to the 2016 election.