With Fox News and the rest of the right-wing news cabal furiously prepping the way for President Trump to fire his arch-nemesis Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller over the cardinal sin of hiring staff with pre-existing political opinions and reading public email from a government-owned server, one conservative talk show host has broken ranks and leaped to Mueller’s defense.
Former Congressman Joe Walsh, the one who’s a member of the Tea Party, not The Eagles, went on Twitter today and said exactly what he thought should happen if Trump decides to get rid of the man whom he sees as the bane of his existence.
If President Trump fires Robert Mueller, he will be impeached.
And he will deserve to be impeached.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 17, 2017
If Walsh, who has held a raft of controversial positions throughout his career, both in Congress and in broadcasting, realizes this, one has to wonder what the problem the rest of the right-wing nut jobs on TV and radio have with grasping the concept that the President can’t fire the person investigating him. Is it that they are all too young to remember Watergate and the famous “Saturday Night Massacre” where President Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox?
Some former government officials of the Republican persuasion have urged the President to refrain from firing Mueller, however, with former Bush Ethics Chief Richard Painter weighing in on the email accusations today:
Congress wasted millions of dollars going through HRC emails. But Mueller isn't supposed to get Trump transition emails that were sent on a government server?
Nope -it doesn't work that way.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) December 17, 2017
Former Obama transition team members expressed their positions on the matter as well:
I was the Deputy GC of a Transition (Obama-Biden 08). I warned everyone: there is NO expectation of privacy in your transition emails. The clue: emails are "firstname.lastname@example.org." The whining letter from the Trump Transition tacitly admits this: it ends by asking for a legislative fix https://t.co/RfBJPSMmlt
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) December 17, 2017
I was the executive director of Obama's '08 transition. Norm is right. There is no expectation of privacy in transition emails: 1) they have a .gov address; 2) they were created with govt-supplied equipment; and 3) they sat on govt servers. This is just whining from Trump team https://t.co/3pROFCbJ9x
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) December 17, 2017
It remains to be seen whether any other members of Trump’s right-wing cheerleaders in the media will see fit to put their country over their party’s agenda of giving control of the government to the wealthy, but at least one Tea-Partier has decided that the law matters, even if he did have to be sued to get him to pay his child support.