That noise you’re hearing this Sunday morning is the sound of ground being laid for the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller.
According to most experts such an act would lead to a constitutional crisis not seen in the United States since the fabled “Saturday night massacre” In 1973.
In their frantic efforts to find what they conceive to be a plausible reason for dismissing the special counsel, lawyers for the Trump transition team have accused the federal General Services Administration (GSA) of illegally turning over privileged documents to the Mueller investigation.
Kory Langhofer, general counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America (TFA), wrote a letter to the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Saturday detailing claims that Mueller’s team had improperly received emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration.
“Career staff at the General Services Administration (GSA) have unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office,” Langhofer wrote in the letter, referring to the government agency tasked with storing the transition materials.
Rumors are swirling around Capitol Hill that President Trump plans a Friday night massacre on Dec. 22, while Congress is out of town for the Christmas holiday.
Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Spier said Friday the “rumor on the Hill” is that President Donald Trump intends to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller next week when Congress is gone for the holidays.
Should Trump go through with the unconfirmed rumor, Spier said an “effort” for impeachment would follow.
Spier added Republicans are aiming to shut down the House Intelligence Committee’s own Trump-Russia investigation and likened Trump’s possible firing of the special counsel to that of former President Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre.”
Spier is not the only member of Congress to see troubled waters ahead.
Her comments reflected those of the House committee’s ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, also of California, who stated Friday he was worried about the committee’s status and that of Mueller.
The official Washington reaction to any such move by Trump is subject to speculation as to whether or not a compliant Republican-led House and Senate would allow the president to usurp the rule of law in such a fashion with no repercussions. Much more clear is the fact that tens of thousands of people will take to the streets in protest should the president make such a dictatorial move.