Donald Trump is miserable. He hates the longs hours involved in being president and is frustrated that he cannot seem to get anything done. Also, as the Russia investigation continues to draw ever closer to him and his top aides, he can sense that he might soon be forced from office by impeachment or as fellow Republicans lose all faith in him and abandon him completely.
Such are the key points in a recent article from Politico which focuses mainly on Trump possibly changing the rules of succession at the Department of Justice as a way of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller while at the same time allowing the president to deny having played any role in such a move. According to Politico, Trump might completely scramble the pecking order at the DOJ so he could create chaos which would serve his purposes:
“In the past, former Justice Department officials and legal experts said, the order of succession is no more than an academic exercise — a chain of command applicable only in the event of an attack or crisis when government officials are killed and it is not clear who should be in charge.
“But Trump and the Russia investigation that is tightening around him have changed the game.”
But there’s more to the Politico piece than just musical chairs at the Justice Department. Nestled near the end of the article is a suggestion that perhaps Trump is seeking a way out if the heat continues to build from Russiagate:
“But Trump, too, is cognizant of the comparison to Nixon, according to one adviser. The president, who friends said does not enjoy living in Washington and is strained by the demanding hours of the job, is motivated to carry on because he ‘doesn’t want to go down in history as a guy who tried and failed. He doesn’t want to be the second president in history to resign.'”
Though you have to read between the lines a bit, one thing becomes clear from that last sentence: The idea of resignation has already occurred to this president. That option is on the table.
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