Robert Mueller may have had a successful career spanning decades.
And he may have had the glowing support of Democrats over the last few years.
But Mueller was horrified to learn his career was actually this close to ending.
Now, let’s be honest here. Had his career ended earlier, it wouldn’t have been the worst thing.
He wouldn’t have had to face the embarrassing fact that 2 years of his life and millions of dollars in taxpayer money had gone to waste.
And he wouldn’t be sitting there like a neutered puppy saying his report didn’t have the teeth to bring Trump down.
All he would’ve had was an egg on his face, realizing he was persona non grata in DC.
Yet, it turns out Mueller’s job was a hair’s width from going on the chopping block.
But President Trump spared him his career.
Not because he couldn’t have fired him. As Trump correctly pointed out, he had the constitutional authority to do just that.
But he stayed his hand because he realized firing Mueller could come back to bite him.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, the President remarked that firing Mueller could’ve had unintended consequences for his political future.
“I wasn’t going to fire (Mueller). You know why? Because I watched Richard Nixon go around firing everybody, and that didn’t work out too well,” Trump said to Stephanopoulos.
In his report, Mueller presented Trump’s move to fire him as evidence for obstruction of justice.
Fox News wrote this about the report:
“The report said that Trump directed then-White House counsel Don McGahn to have Mueller removed. Instead of following the order, McGahn prepared a resignation letter, informed his deputies and quickly got in touch with his personal attorney.”
“Trump insisted in the interview that he had the authority to fire Mueller — had he decided to do so — from Article II of the Constitution, telling Stephanopoulos that ‘Article II allows me to do whatever I want. Article II would’ve allowed me to fire him.’”
Mueller knew this was true and acknowledged that Article II does give the Executive branch “unique and powerful means of influencing official proceedings…”
And how do we know Trump would’ve been allowed to use Article II in such a manner?
Well, all you have to do is look back to 2017 when Trump deposed Director of the FBI James Comey.
His power as Commander in Chief means he doesn’t have to work with people he doesn’t respect or who are trying to railroad him for doing things protected by US law.
Trump displayed real class and foresight by allowing Mueller to finish the job—and as fortune would have it, he still failed to nail Trump with anything.
Now it just remains to be seen if anyone is going to hire Mueller now that his job is over and he didn’t bring down POTUS.