It seems that President Donald Trump may have realized that not all press is good press.
Publicly, Trump has stated that he has nothing to hide from special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team, and that he actually welcomes the opportunity to speak with Mueller in order to prove his innocence and end the investigation.
According to an anonymous close friend of Trump’s, “I think he’s been convinced that firing Mueller would not only create a firestorm, it would play right into Mueller’s hands, because it would give Mueller the moral high ground.”
While this may seem like good news, being transparent and accommodating goes against Trump’s very nature. This is, after all, a man who bucked decades of Presidential tradition and refused to release his tax returns. So it appears Trump has a different strategy on how to deal with the threat Mueller represents to him.
The goal is now to discredit the FBI and the investigation. According to some sources, Trump is even considering asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute Mueller and his team.
While it is unknown what possible charges could even be brought against Mueller or his investigators, an unnamed White House adviser explained how the plan would go in Trump’s fantasies: “Here’s how it would work: ‘We’re sorry, Mr. Mueller, you won’t be able to run the federal grand jury today because he has to go testify to another federal grand jury.'”
All of this brings us right back to the million dollar question, the one we all want answered: If Trump is innocent of any wrong-doing, if he has nothing to hide, why is he so hell-bent on doing anything in his power to derail this investigation and to discredit any findings discovered during the investigation?