That was because he knew Mueller was looking into his financial shenanigans and it was a matter of time that he would corner him and his family. Collusion or obstruction of justice are not easily provable crimes for a politician like Trump.
But money laundering for Russian criminals is.
Why not fire Mueller since Trump knew the GOP would never turn against him.
As for his political base, the Trumpkins, encouraged by Fox and Friends, would react with delighted screams of "fake news" upon witnessing the liberal horror.
And the media would only book and quote Republican talking heads who would repeat the same phony talking points until everyone sees them as credible.
But I noted that, if that happened, nothing in US politics would be the same again.
It turns out that I was on the right track. But I missed the timeline. The Orange Man was way ahead of me. He ordered the firing of Robert Mueller in Apprentice style last June.
According to the New York Times:
President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.Incidentally, the White House counsel who threatened to resign, Donald McGahn was involved in all of Trump's previous decisions, including the firing of Comey. He also tried to dissuade Jeff Beauregard Sessions, the racist Southern leprechaun, from recusing himself in the Russia inquiry.
So, he is not a shrinking violet or a principled lawyer defending the Constitution.
But even he realized that, in this case, firing Mueller could have catastrophic consequences for the American political system.
From Trump on, no president could ever be investigated by Congress. All they had to do is to fire all special counsels until they found a perfect stooge.
And the fact that Don McGahn had threatened to resign to save the presidency is telling you something about the reckless abandon with which the Orange Man is presidenting.