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The ‘take to the streets’ narrative against Trump firing Mueller is meant to entice him to do so

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The take to the streets narrative against Trump firing Mueller is meant to entice him to do so

If President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, it won’t be because his advisers are telling him to do so. It won’t be because his base is calling for it. The only reason he would do so is because the left has made it clear they don’t want it to happen. They’re daring him to do it, and based on the President’s history, that may be enough to make him do it. When liberals oppose something, that’s all the incentive he needs to act.

It would be a huge mistake, of course. It isn’t because of the optics, necessarily, but as Ben Shapiro noted, Mueller and the FBI are doing a fine job of spiting themselves:

Ben Shapiro on why Trump shouldn’t fire Mueller

https://noqreport.com/2017/12/17/ben-shapiro-trump-shouldnt-fire-mueller/Many Trump supporters and allies are calling on the President to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, putting an end to his Russia investigation. They say it’s clear the investigation is going nowhere and may be too corrupted by Hillary Clinton supporters to yield an objective result to the investigation. Meanwhile, Democrats are threatening to “take to the streets” if Trump were to fire him.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote on the DailyWire why he believes it would be a big mistake if Trump were to do so. He ended his article with this:

“Trump doesn’t have to stop Mueller. Mueller has done a bang-up job stopping himself.”

For their own part, the left is working through a handful of different talking points. One of the popular ones was so clearly orchestrated it’s almost comical. See if you can notice a trend:

I get the feeling they want to take to the streets in protest.

How did this come about? How does the left coordinate such a message? Conservative Christian Jack Posobiec has a theory:

There are two different narratives at play here. The push by Trump supporters to fire Mueller is one with its heart in the right place but with a completely flawed strategy. The longer Mueller continues to investigate without bringing charges against people directly affiliated with the Trump campaign or the President himself that pertain to Russian tampering, the harder it will be for him to continue. He has brought charges forward, but they aren’t directly pertinent to his actual charter. Paul Manafort’s engagement was well before he was with the Trump campaign and Michael Flynn’s interaction with Russia happened during transition.

Lest we forget, the intent of this investigation was to sniff out Russian hacking of the election itself. So far, they’ve uncovered nothing in that regard.

There are only two reasons President Trump would want to fire Mueller. Either he’s worried about something coming to light or he gets egged on by the left. Since it’s not looking likely the former will happen, the left is hoping to make the latter happen. They need him to fire Mueller to justify their resistance. Otherwise, they haven’t had enough to protest since the travel ban. He forced the issue on DACA by calling for a legislative solution, something the left is unwilling to accept as a positive for some reason. He hasn’t repealed Obamacare. He hasn’t built the wall. He hasn’t blown up the world. If he doesn’t fire Mueller, all of these protests and screaming at the moon will have been demonstrably futile.

To fuel the flames pressing President Trump to fire Mueller, former Attorney General Eric Holder has entered the fray.

If anyone short of Hillary Clinton or John Kasich can get President Trump’s ire up, it’s Holder.

Progressives will defend Mueller’s investigation with everything they have, but many of them have false motives. Publicly, they oppose it, but deep down they would love nothing better than for Mueller’s fruitless investigation to be cut short by the President. Their worst case scenario is unfolding. If Mueller completes his investigation and doesn’t take down the President with it, liberals will be beside themselves with grief.

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  1. ed

    December 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Is not Trump’s refusal to repeal Obamacare, stop Daca or build the wall sufficient reason to force Trump from office ?

    How about his recently announced, yet already failing efforts to “broker peace” in the ME ? The ME powderkeg is getting closer and closer to a shooting war daily while Trump has gone to war against his own Sec State, claiming that Tillerson does not speak for his administration.

    Sessions has recused himself as AG – had he not done so, Trump would have already ordered him to shut down the Mueller probe and Sessions would have caved to the pressure. As is, Rosenstein can take some amount of shelter under Sessions by not being in Trump’s DIRECT line of authority and also not politically beholden to Trump for his job appointment.

    Mueller knows he cannot take a direct approach to Trump or use an federal laws to engage Trump surrogates as leverage because he knows Trumps’ first response would be to pardon the Trump surrogates to remove the leverage and threaten them back into silence.

    Going after the Trump surrogates on state-level charges makes it harder to obtain the leverage Mueller needs to get the proof he needs to bring down the big power brokers and major Russian collusion culprits, but he seems to be making progress – despite Trump’s protestations to the contrary. As long as Mueller avoids any federal charges or ill-defined offenses like “treason” or “violation of national secrets act”, Trump cannot claim ignorance – one of the ways a slick liar like Trump will use to try to use the “letter of hte law” to avoid the “spirit of the law” (remember Clinton and the definition of hte word “is” ?).

    Trump already has a history of lying in court depositions, so Mueller must not only get the goods on Trump and/or his family, but also sufficient evidence to disprove any theory whereby Trump can claim that he “does not remember”, “did now know what his campaign tema was doing”, did not “know the law”, or “was joking”. Such a comprehensive, air-tight case made solely with only state-laws (to avoid Trump pardons) and without giving away their game-plan to Trump’s attorneys or Trump’s red-hat media “liars club” requires patience, dedication, discipline, and integrity – characteristics Mueller has shown no indication he does not possess.

    I have a hope that when Mueller DOES go public with his results, that it will spell the end of a LOT of corrupt politicians in DC – not just Trump and his clan, but perhaps many of the senior GOP Party hacks as well that would have had to turn a blind eye – if not actively participate – to make any collaboration actually work.

    If Trump gets away with shutting down the Mueller probe, I do not see anything else stopping him and his nepotism / narcissism / GOP power-brokers from using the MAGA derangement without our society to complete a coup of the US government and declare our Constitution worthless and outdated, making Trump the first US Emperor and formally establishing the Trump Family Dynasy.

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Following Mueller report, President Trump calls for tables to be turned in new video

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Following Mueller report President Trump calls for tables to be turned in new video

The Mueller saga is far from over with the majority of leftists trying to find something onto which they can latch. Some are calling for impeachment. Others are calling for further investigations into what Robert Mueller left open to interpretation. But on Trump’s side, it’s time to celebrate.

But it isn’t just about feeling good with the results. Now, according to President Trump, it’s time to turn the tables on the Democrats, the FBI, and anyone who has performed actions that led to the investigation in the first place. In other words, he wants to investigate the investigators.

His team put together a compilation video of several instances where those on the left were declaring collusion and obstruction as foregone conclusions from the investigation. Some were claiming to have hard evidence against the President which never materialized. Others were practically gloating over the prospects of the Mueller report coming out. Then, it cuts to other leftists and media personalities declaring the Mueller report a win for the President.

After $35,000,000 and countless American resources used to reveal essentially nothing of substance, it’s time to look back at the circumstances that led to this inquiry. What was fabricated? What lies were told? The American people deserve to know.

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Sometimes it’s the little wrongs that stick

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Sometimes its the little wrongs that stick

I was a pretty cocky kid.

It’s something that I get to hear a lot lately, especially when connecting with old friends from high school and college. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t be that guy, the one who looks back while on the second half of a standard life and calls himself stupid, but that’s exactly what I’ve started doing. I was a cocky, stupid kid.

There are several instances that I can recall that had an effect on the way that I grew and would eventually point me to dedicate my life to Christ. One of those events was very small, so small that the person I “wronged” likely doesn’t even remember the incident.

I was managing a steak house in Oklahoma City. I was the youngest of the managers of what was supposed to be a summer job and ended up supporting my young family for three years. I was cocky (and did I mention I was stupid as well?) and took pride in my ability to diffuse situations. It wasn’t a fancy steak house. In fact, it was a two-story, 550-seat monster that served hundreds of steaks every night.

One particular evening I was helping one of the servers by taking the order. It was a special day for the patriarch of the family and they were celebrating – what exactly I don’t recall or perhaps never knew. The special day man had one important request – no Texas toast. His wife (or daughter, couldn’t tell for sure) said that he was extremely allergic to anything that had bread and I assured her that no bread would touch his plate. I plugged in the order, put the special instructions in all caps (NO BREAD NO BREAD NO BREAD) and went on to see to the hundreds of other guests as well as the staff.

I was walking by the table, just checking in, when the food came. Time went into slow-motion mode as the plate was put down in front of him with a big, buttery piece of Texas toast right smack dab on his 14 oz. ribeye. The look on the wife/daughter’s face has always stuck with me. It was pure disappointment, shock, and even a little bit of fear all flashing before me in technicolor slow motion.

Instantly, I reached down and grabbed the plate, but the man grabbed my arm. His fury was clear. I told him that I would get him a new steak, but refused to let go. He wanted to keep that steak hostage to make certain that we didn’t just take it to the back, pull of the bread, and serve him the same steak. I assured him that we wouldn’t do that but he was firm. He didn’t believe me and that made me mad.

In the same situation today, I wouldn’t have tried to take the steak back. In fact, I would have left one more instruction on the ticket – “Page ME for delivery”. I would have made certain that the bread didn’t go on his plate. Instead, I allowed myself to get angry. I took it out on the staff that couldn’t read instructions. I took it out on the table that had a special occasion ruined. I didn’t even comp the meal because of my petty, stupid, cocky anger.

For all I know, they never thought about it again. For all I know, the man was emotionally unstable and hurt someone that night due to my mistakes. His grip was very strong, the type of grip that one can’t get by working out. It only comes from working through life with your hands.

It’s the fear in the wife/daughter’s eyes that I’ve never been able to shake for two decades. Mad – understandable. Disappointed – who wouldn’t be? Fear – that’s something that was distinct. She wasn’t looking at me. She was looking at him. She was waiting for his response. I don’t recall if I truly saw it out of the corner of my eye or if it has emerged through my imagination over the years, but I think she even looked up at me with a subtle, desperate shake of her head as I tried to pry the plate from his grip as if she was warning me that this many might kill me over the mistake.

We never know the effects of our actions. We don’t know what little thing we might do that causes someone to snap, something bad to happen, or something life-changing that could have been avoided by being a little less stupid, a little less cocky, and a lot more like a believer in Jesus Christ should act.

I never had the chance to apologize properly to the family. Maybe that’s why it stuck with me for all of these years. The slow motion look of mixed, terrible emotions – I pray that my little act of defiance didn’t cause pain to anyone.

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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