It's getting to the point that the revelations about Donald Trump Jr. meeting with the Russians (now there were at least eight people in this meeting, we find out) are so indefensible that Trump mouthpieces sent out to do it are getting buzzsawed on live national TV.
Reid was unrelenting in questioning Fred Fleitz, the former chief of staff for Ambassador John Bolton, who persisted in explaining that the Trump meeting on June 9th was much ado about nothing because it was organized by music promoter Rob Goldstone
“What we have here is a playboy celebrity publicist who likes to hang out with Tina Turner and Miss America contestants, who lied to get a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. that he ordinarily would not have held,” Fleitz explained.”I’ve got to tell you that someone who is really involved in this intricate Russian intelligence operation would never have sent the email we discussed earlier, mentioning this operation exists.
“This guy was exaggerating, this guy was lying to get his client in front of Donald Trump Jr. That’s what happened here, all this other stuff is fantasy,” he remarked while holding up a photo of Goldstone wearing a pirate hat.
“Let me ask you a question,” Reid shot back,. “It’s not fantasy because the meeting took place. In your view, if this person said to Donald Trump Jr., ‘I’ve got this information from the Russian government.’ What would be the motivation of Donald Trump Jr. to say ‘yes,’ and take the meeting?”
“Because Donald Trump Jr. knows this guy is a flake,” Fleitz parried. ” Because he realizes he’s exaggerating to get the meeting but he’s a friend. he probably said, ‘well, look, there’s no Russian effort to help my father, but look, I’ll meet with this guy because he’s a friend.’ There’s simply nothing there to connect this as a Russian intelligence operation.”
During a frantic back and forth, with Fleitz attempting to dismiss and duck Reid’s questions, the conservative aide complained, “This is a rigged interview.”
No wonder then that the smart money is now on Trump firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller sooner rather than later.
Since then the “witch hunt” investigation into the Trump campaign and alleged collusion with the Kremlin has taken a decidedly more perilous and personal turn for the President. And that’s exactly why we think it won’t be longer than 100 days before Trump pulls the trigger and “Comey” Mueller (no he can’t technically fire him but he can certainly order it and make it happen). After all, as the campaign and his first few months in office prove, Trump puts his family above anything else. As information continues to seep out about the work that Mueller is doing and the subpoenas start coming, we believe the President will be increasingly frustrated and the administration will undoubtedly continue to seek to undermine Mueller’s credibility. And lets be clear, by any objective standard Mueller is an unassailable, apolitical public servant.
Now, many are saying there is no way the administration would risk the fallout from having Mueller fired. Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” regularly invoked. But really? It seems no matter what this President does — no matter how out of the ordinary or mainstream — that his most ardent supporters in the public and the media continue to defend him. Most important is that now that many are questioning whether his son Donald Trump Jr. committed, at the least, an election law crime when he took a meeting with someone who he thought was working for the Russian government. And, as investigators are now reportedly probing Jared Kushner‘s role in potentially helping to direct a Russian operation targeting voters with fake news about candidate Hillary Clinton, and as the specter of obstruction of justice in connection with firing Comey hangs over the President and his administration, we believe it now more likely than not that Trump will decide that Mueller must go.
As I said earlier, this isn't the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning. From here on out things start moving faster and get a lot darker. If the dam on Trump's support among his base and more importantly the support for the Republicans propping his regime up crumbles, it's going to move very quickly indeed.