Pat Buchanan Asks "Is Trump Entering A Kill Box?"

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via,

Given the bravery he showed in stepping out front as the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions deserves better from his boss than the Twitter-trashing he has lately received.

The attorney general has not only been loyal to Trump and his agenda, he has the respect and affection of ex-colleagues in Congress and, more broadly, of populists and conservatives nationally.

Trump’s tweets about Sessions are only demoralizing his base.

Yet the president is not wrong to be exasperated and enraged.

A yearlong FBI investigation into Russian hacking has failed to produce a single indictment. Yet the president watches impotently as a special counsel pulls together a lethal force, inside his own administration, whose undeclared ambition is to bring him down.

Trump’s behavior suggests that he sees the Mueller threat as potentially mortal.

How did we get to this peril point when there is no evidence that Trump or any senior aide colluded in the hacking? As for the June 2016 meeting with the Russians, called by Donald Trump Jr. when told by a friend that Moscow had dirt on Hillary Clinton, even that was no crime.

Foolish, yes; criminal, no. So, again, how did we get to where talk of impeachment and presidential pardons fills the air?

First, Attorney General Sessions, as a campaign adviser and surrogate for Trump who had met with the Russian ambassador, had to recuse himself from the investigation. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then assumed oversight authority.

Trump then fired FBI Director James Comey and boasted to Russia’s foreign minister about having gotten the “crazy nut job” off his case. His Oval Office comments leaked. Comey then leaked notes of his meeting with Trump. Rosenstein then washed his hands of the mess by naming a special counsel.

And he chose a bulldog, ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Hence, where are we? Despite zero evidence of Trump or his aides colluding in the hacking, a counterintelligence investigation is evolving into a criminal investigation. Mueller is now hiring veteran investigators and prosecutors specializing in white-collar crime.

This is not a witch hunt. It is an Easter egg hunt on the White House lawn, where the most colorful eggs are likely to be the tax returns and the financial records of Trump, who built a real estate empire in a town where winners brag about how they gutted the losers.

Every enemy of Trump is going to be dropping the dime on him to Mueller. Moreover, there is no history of special counsels being appointed and applauded by the press, who went home without taking scalps.

Trump understands this. Reports of his frustration and rage suggest that he knows he has been maneuvered, partly by his own mistakes, into a kill box from which there may be no bloodless exit.

What Trump needs is a leader at Justice who will confine the Mueller investigation to the Russian hacking, and keep Mueller’s men from roaming until they hit prosecutorial pay dirt.

Consider now Trump’s narrowing options.

He can fire Jeff Sessions. But that will enrage Trump’s base to whom the senator is a loyal soldier. And anyone Trump nominates as AG would not be confirmed unless he or she pledged not to interfere with Mueller.

He could direct Rosenstein to fire Mueller. But Rosenstein would assume the Elliot Richardson role in the Saturday Night Massacre, when that AG refused to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, resigned, and was canonized as a martyr by the Never-Nixon media.

Even if Trump finds a Justice Department loyalist to play the role of Solicitor General Robert Bork, who carried out Nixon’s orders and fired Cox, this would only mean Mueller’s departure. Mueller’s staff of prosecutors and investigators would still be there, beavering away.

When Archibald Cox was fired, Nixon ordered his entire office shut down. Yet, within days of the firestorm, it was up and running again with a new special prosecutor. And impeachment resolutions were blossoming in the House.

Another Trump option would be to leave Mueller alone and hope for a benign outcome. But from reports of his rage at the recusal of Sessions and unwillingness of Rosenstein to restrict Mueller to the Russian hacking scandal, Trump seems to sense that an unrestricted investigation represents a mortal threat to his presidency.

And all the talk of impeachment and pardons suggests that this city can also see what lies over the next hill. After all, we have been here before.

From his history, Mueller is not a man to be intimidated by charges of bias. These will only steel his resolve to pursue with his subpoena power every document he wants, including tax returns, until he has satisfied himself.

The president is unlikely to view this process with indulgence, and patience does not appear to rank high among his virtues.

We are headed for a collision between President Trump and Director Mueller.


BullyBearish toady Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:31 Permalink

little extra on 911/Waco mueller: Comey claimed the President privately told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” The former FBI head testified he took that as a directive from the President.According to former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, now special counsel Mueller said nearly the same thing to him during the 1995 Congressional investigation into the 1993 stand-off in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deaths of 76 members of the Branch Davidian cult.Barr, writing in his 2011 book, “The Meaning of Is: The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton,” recounted a phone call with Mueller, who was then working at the Justice Department, in which he asked Barr not to “go too hard on these guys.”Barr recounts Mueller as saying, “Bob, don’t go too hard on these guys. We know most of them, and they’re good people.”It went unnoticed at the time, as Mueller was out of government service when the book was written. 

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NidStyles Billy the Poet Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:40 Permalink

It also assumes that we in the deplorable sector are ignorant low witted beasts driven only by emotion and words from a guy we don't actually have in own individual lives.

That's a lot of assumptions that could potentially be wrong, which makes it sound strange if the theory is of controlling an opposition for total control...

More likely a lot people are getting paid and blackmailed to look the other way, or outright conned by Jewish life centers...

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343 Guilty Spark Billy the Poet Fri, 07/28/2017 - 16:35 Permalink

I have noticed that this whole grr Sessions is coming around when some of the media is reporting on key things like, one of the DNC IT bros. was arrested and may be related to Seth Rich and additional facts on Hillary are starting to come out of the woodwork and Congress wants a special investigator to look into Hillary, Lynch, and others. Sessions specifically has said that he has not seen or heard of Trump having issues with him in the WH.  So this could be another smokescreen from Trump to throw off the media. It may not be as well.  It just seems like odd timing.…

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Putrid_Scum Billy the Poet Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:57 Permalink

Star Date 2017. Captains Log, SupplementalAmerican rednecks re-elect The Squid to the Oval Office. After Putrid told them Trump was being protected by a Family. A Jewish Family. In New York. Red necks don't listen to Putrid (not sure why). Though Putrid supports Trump too, so no…'Putrid (not verified) Oct 30, 2016 5:31 PMMy contacts with The Families said Trump was being protected, that was months ago. Correspondence implied the Ponzi would be unplugged if the neocon candidate won in November. They'd do it before world war 3 kicked off. I even mentioned it in the latest edition of Before The Collapse that was published a few months ago, last chapter.Well, a Trump presidency will probably change the time line for gold and the ponzi. Thank God.'The War Kings have a temper tantrum. Rednecks are happy (not sure why). They intuit (unconsciously) that the War Kings wanted war criminal Hillary so they could go ahead and nuke Russia. They are right.The Banker Kings  permit Cryptos. Thinking to stabilise the market during The Reset. (Among other things.) Billy the Poet calls Putrid a lunatic (not sure why). Banker Kings side with well armed native population. Soros is neutralised. No more black lives matter killing cops. Immigrants are turned back. Belief in the nation is stabilised (slightly). China and Russia watch closely.  Syrian war is wound down. Saudi needs revenue. Qatar is targetted, Exon Mobil wakes up.  Iran is happy. Almost ready.

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GUS100CORRINA Putrid_Scum Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:55 Permalink

I believe PAT B. to be correct when he made the following statement:"Trump’s behavior suggests that he sees the Mueller threat as potentially mortal."Why do I agree? Below is the single reason.The HUMAN HEART is deceitful above all else and deparately wicked!!The PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS will stop at nothing to destroy GOD's annointed because they serve another master.John 8:44 (NIV)44 They belong to their father, the devil, and they want to carry out their father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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chunga Looney Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:34 Permalink

I usually like Buchanan's articles because imo he's a very good historian, but this one is pretty dumb.I wouldn't be "enraged" if he fired Sessions one bit. I oppose his civil forfeitture and anti-pot crusade, and honestly it makes me have serious doubts about his thinking. Better than firing him would be just talk to him and see if he needs help picking up the pace. If Trump wants to survive he'd better start fighting fire with fire and start playing hardball with his opponents. If he doesn't want to do it ask him to resign or let somebody else take the point. Berating the guy on twitter is stupid.The swamp establishment is ALWAYS going to be against him. Look at the near unanimous vote yesterday on Russian sanctions. They are ALL against the guy. People hate the guts off of congress, go after them, threaten EOs on their platinum health insurance, term limits, etc. These things will rally the deplorables and they are the ONLY ones that might come to his aid.

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Michael Musashi chunga Fri, 07/28/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

Exactly. At first I thought Sessions was a brilliant move but I was only looking at the tree of immigration and not the forest. Sessions' civil forfeiture and anti-pot crusade have both changed my mind--and I don't even smoke weed. Sessions is starting to look like the Republicans I grew up with (big government authoritarians) and I don't like it.I say fire Sessions and bring in someone that understands economic prosperity, because both the rule of law and prosperity go hand and hand.

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HRClinton Looney Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:51 Permalink

Trump could direct Sessions to fire Rosenstein and hire Giuliani as Deputy. Giuliani would then fire Mueller and Ass.And then start a series of Special Counsels, to go after Hillary, Lynch, Comey...Swish Sessions would then remain purely as a figurehead, since he already impotent on all the issues that matter to the voters.

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assistedliving (not verified) Looney Fri, 07/28/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

it's the $$$.  Yes tRump has alot of it.  But I hv a bad feeling alot of it came from Vlad, was laundered for Vlad and Vlad has alot of goods on tRUmp.  and i dont mean the sexual kind but the financial kind.and that is why tRump is terrified:  red line (no pun intended) for Mueller is the financial one.  its gonna be a hot summer in the City

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junction order66 Fri, 07/28/2017 - 13:59 Permalink

Buchanan is full of it.  How many dead bodies of the Clintons have to pile up like cordwoord before Pat acknowledges the truth.  That Hillary is ia homicidal maniac who has a crew of killers (FBI retirees and the like) busy bumping off anyone who knows too much or who is a possible roadblock to her and her Bush Crime Cartel allies.  Peter Smith leaves a suicide note saying he wasn't murdered.  How many times did someone killing himself leave a suicide note absolving the number one suspect? (In Smith's case, the Clintons). Count to one and stop.  I wonder if anyone checked the note for Smith's fingerprints or partial palm print?  Certainly not, police chiefs across the country are hack officers interested only in their pensions and staying away from protected drug dealing operations.  And maybe scoring a whore or rent boy for free.

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NoWayJose Fri, 07/28/2017 - 13:48 Permalink

Uhhh, best thing would be to instruct the IRS to block any attempts to retrieve tax returns such that Mueller would have to openly declare a 'need'. Then block or ignore any non-campaign related inquiries or subpoenas for himself or family. Make the 'eggs' harder or impossible to find. When in a swamp - become a swamp creature and use the swamp for protection!

Slippery Slope Fri, 07/28/2017 - 13:54 Permalink

It's an open-ended investigation that could for years.

The only real evidence are the DNC servers which the DNC refuses to hand over. To appear credible, Mueller needs to seize them now!