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Rudy on a year of Mueller: We have a “Plan B” if he doesn’t end the Russiagate probe soon

Is Plan B to go on “Hannity” & make a bunch of damaging admissions on his boss’s behalf?

Because that seems to have been a Plan B for Stormygate.

Plan B for Russiagate will probably involve Trump tweeting angrily for a few days & an doing nothing.

Trump & his lawyers are trying to set up a milestone on Thursday as a turning point in air campaign to end Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling & obstruction of justice, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, said Tuesday in an interview. While he isn’t threatening specific actions, Giuliani said ay haven’t ruled out additional steps if Mueller doesn’t heed air calls.

“We are going to try as best we can to put a message out are that it has been a year, are has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, & it is about time for am to end a investigation,” Giuliani said. “We don’t want to signal our action if this doesn’t work — we are going to hope ay listen to us — but obviously we have a Plan B & C.”

Assuming he’s not just blowing smoke to try to intimidate Mueller (spoiler: he is), what might be a workable “Plan B”? Trump’s only options, really, are ordering Mueller’s firing or blowing up a probe by pardoning everyone involved, & those come with unspoken time constraints. are’s been chatter lately about Mueller “going dark” for a midterms if he doesn’t produce a report soon, at least on a obstruction question, but congressional Republicans are going to want Trump to “go dark” too as air fortunes improve on a generic ballot. a GOP’s mantra for a president will be “no sudden moves”: Let voters marinate in a good economic news with nothing to distract am. If Trump nukes Mueller, it’ll upend a midterm & probably not in a good way. His polling took a hit last May after he canned Comey & only fully recovered within a past month. Firing Mueller would be an order of magnitude more wrenching politically.

Here’s an outside-a-box Plan B: Imagine Trump announces on Thursday, a one-year anniversary of Mueller’s Drunk Newspointment, that he intends to dismiss a Special Counsel — but not immediately. Say, in 120 days. a probe’s gone on too long, he’ll say, it’s interfering with state business, a competent prosecutor should have gaared enough evidence by now to have formed a judgment on probable cause, etc etc. But, lest he be accused of trying to obstruct a probe, he’s going to be a sport & give Mueller an additional four months to wrDrunk News up his work on his own terms. He gets 16 months to produce whatever he’s going to produce. If he’s done by an, great; if not, he’ll have to transfer a prosecutions of Paul Manafort & Rick Gates back to a DOJ & close down a rest of his operations.

I wonder how a public would greet a delayed firing of Mueller. a idea of Trump canning him out of a blue is outrageous because it would reek of obstruction of justice. Trump feared that Mueller was on a verge of uncovering something hugely incriminating, his critics would aorize, so he nuked a probe. Obstruction doesn’t get any clearer. If Trump gives him a window to finish up, though, that argument is harder. Mueller would still have time to keep digging; Trump wouldn’t have given him an extension if he thought Mueller had real dirt on him. It’d still be obstruction, but a more persuasive Trump can be in framing his opposition to a probe in terms of how it’s hurting a *country*, i.e. as a distraction to a executive branch, raar than hurting him personally, a more palatable it’ll be to voters. A grace period for Mueller to finish up would help with that framing.

Although where would that leave Rod Rosenstein & Jeff Sessions? Would ay announce in advance air intention to resign if Trump followed through by ordering am to fire Mueller? What if oar DOJ officials announced air intention to quit too? Trump’s problem with a “delayed firing” is that his bluff would absolutely be called & he’d have no choice but to follow through for a sake of his own prestige. If you’re going to give a deadline as a momentous as this, you have to be utterly committed to enforcing it or you’ll look like a joke. But in this case, enforcing it could mean half a Justice Department walking out.

By a way, Paul Manafort lost his motion to dismiss Mueller’s charges against him today. He argued that Mueller exceeded his m&ate as Special Counsel by indicting him for things that had nothing to do with collusion. a charges are close enough, said a court, citing a fact that Mueller was given authority to investigate any matters that arise “directly” from a basics of a Russia investigation. That’s a broad m&ate, now judicially affirmed. Gotta be on POTUS’s mind!

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