Paul Ryan says that he isn’t concerned that Donald Trump will try to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller because he has received “assurances” — from whom, he doesn’t say — that Trump won’t do that. And we all know what Trump’s promises are worth, don’t we?
“I received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration,” Ryan told reporters during his weekly news conference on Tuesday. “We have a system based upon the rule of law in this country, we have a justice system, and no one is above that justice system.”
While the White House insists that Mueller’s ouster is not in play, Trump has made a series of moves in the past week that have stepped up concern in Washington that he may move to fire Mueller and end the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign…“The special counsel should be free to follow through his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely,” Ryan said. “I am confident that he will be able to do that.”
Go ask Meghan McCain how well those assurances from Trump that he would no longer attack her father as he battled cancer worked out. Or ask Gary Cohn, who was assured that Trump was not going to set tariffs on steel and aluminum mere hours before he called an impromptu press conference to do exactly that. Even assurances that you get directly from Trump are utterly worthless because he changes his mind when the wind shifts direction, or whenever he gets a bad Big Mac. Assurances from those who work for him are even more worthless because he contradicts them constantly.
The real question for Paul Ryan is this: What will you do if and when Trump does fire Mueller? Will you call for his impeachment? Will you even allow articles of impeachment to be introduced, debated and voted on? If not, you’re just another partisan fraud. If no one is above the law but Trump does do what you claim he won’t, you have no coherent second option.