As Robert Mueller transformed this week before Donald Trump from being a shadow threat to the singular horseman needed to bring forth his presidential apocalypse, the climate of fear and blame is said to have reached fever-pitch.
So far, First Son-in-Law and taker of fashion risks such as layering flak jackets over head-to-toe J. Crew, Jared Kushner has been immune from Trump’s ire. But that might be changing.
Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide told Vanity Fair that Kushner is the “worst political adviser in the White House in modern history.” Nunberg added, “I’m only saying publicly what everyone says behind the scenes at Fox News, in conservative media, and the Senate and Congress.”
Mr. Nunberg himself might be surprised at the extent to which liberals, political analysts, and thinking folks have been dubious about Jared Kushner’s credentials.
Vanity Fair also quotes sources said to have been briefed on a phone call between Trump and Steve Bannon in which the president laid blame on Kushner for a couple of notable decisions. Most notably: the decision to fire James Comey which then led to the appointment of Robert Mueller. Who knew a real estate heir would be as bad at Oval Office decision making as… another real estate heir?
We can assume the blame will only deepen as the dominoes continue to fall — and they will. Mueller executed Indictmentgate perfectly. He could’ve easily dropped the Manafort and Gates indictment release simultaneously with the release of the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos. But, tellingly, he didn’t. This is what I’m not sure Donald Trump understood about Robert Mueller: he ran the FBI for about twelve years, and not because he was installed by his father-in-law but because he is good at gathering intelligence and reading people.
Republicans can try to remove Mueller all they want, but this is not going away. It just isn’t. Even if Trump decided to go full Nixon and fire Mueller, his entire party would be torpedoed.