As Trump prepared to make his “America first” case to attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the “paper of record” ran a story claiming that Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGhan to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last summer, but that he only backed off after advisors got him to change his mind and McGhan threatened to resign.
I won’t bore you with all the details — you can go read the story if you want — but suffice to say the timing of its publication was extremely suspicious.
Not only did the Times wait until Trump was out of the country, which was done to inflict maximum embarrassment on Trump while he was on a global stage, but it came just as news was beginning to break about another aspect of burgeoning scandal involving [likely] improper surveillance (spying) on Trump’s campaign by the Obama regime.
And the story dropped just as Trump said publicly he had no trouble at all being interviewed by Mueller for his bogus “Russia collusion” probe.
The sum of these events is important.
First, the story. Trump has denied he ordered McGhan to fire Mueller, as has the White House. And subsequent reporting by Fox News, which relied on its own sources, claimed that Trump discussed firing Mueller with McGhan, but there was never any edict handed down from the president to the White House counsel. Further, Fox News noted that after McGhan told the president firing Mueller before the probe had begun in earnest would come back to haunt him, politically. So Trump relented and didn’t discuss it any further, though, as the network noted, Trump “continued to reserve that as an option if Mueller’s Russia investigation took an inappropriate turn.”
Now, the timing. That the Times would wait until Trump was on a global stage is understandable; the anti-Trump Times has been working overtime since Nov. 9, 2016 — the day after the election — to undermine, harm, and hamstring this president. But the timing is also suspicious for its dateline. Trump supposedly had this discussion last June, meaning, whoever knew about it waited until just recently to squeal to the Times. That makes no sense; with the amount of Deep State leaks that have come out of the swamp since Trump was elected, this particular story would have had a lot more impact (for the #NeverTrumpers) if it had been leaked nearly a year ago, right after Mueller was appointed.
Which brings us to the burgeoning scandal. About a week ago, Republicans in Congress began discussing the release of what is being called the “FISA memo.” Compiled by the House Intelligence Committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., it purports to document abuses by Deep State operatives within Obama’s FBI and Justice Department to illicitly obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign.
If true, not only were those abuses of our system but misrepresenting facts before the FISA court may also carry criminal penalties; reports say that the FBI knowingly used the phony “Trump dossier” as “intelligence” to get the warrants.
This memo is reportedly so “explosive” Republican lawmakers who have read it believe it will prove what Trump’s been saying all along: That Mueller’s investigation is as phony as the dossier. (Related: Judge Napolitano urges Republicans to release explosive, classified “FISA memo” on House floor: “Public is entitled to know.”)
"I believe that once the American people have the opportunity to evaluate the allegations and claims in this memo, it will become evident the activities of the last administration, the crimes I believe were committed, and the total sham that this Mueller investigation is, built on a false premise and rotten to the core,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News in recent days.
What better time for one of the Deep State’s main media mouthpieces, The New York Times, to roll out a sensationalized story about Trump wanting to fire Mueller then now? It’s the perfect cover story to take away from the impact of the memo.
No wonder Mueller wants to interview Trump in such a hurry. Explore more coverage of deep state collusion at DeepState.news.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.