I thought the following headline as a jest, but it’s starting to become clear that a job in Trump’s government is essentially a contracting job with loads of responsibility, little pay and no respect. Robert S. Mueller, a former FBI director appointed by The Justice Department to oversee an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and that country where Putin is from is now, according to a friend of Trump’s, the next on Trump’s list to be fired. To me it’s obvious why: he’s going to do his job, much like Comey and Trump doesn’t want people who can do their job – especially if it involves a detailed investigation into the campaign that brought you here in the first place.
I don’t care about the words being used by the conservatives regarding the “conflict of interest” of Robert S. Mueller; the entire Trump administration runs deep in the throws of the very definition of “conflict of interest”. Mueller, who worked as the director of the FBI during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, would actually work to expose how those “conflicts of interest” are f***** up this country. It’s obvious Trump doesn’t want that and actually is considering firing the guy heading the investigation to further delay any more dirty secrets from leaking. The problem is, there’s a little thing he would have to do:
From The New York Times:
Under Justice Department rules, Mr. Trump would seemingly have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to rescind department regulations protecting a special counsel from being fired for no good reason, and then to fire Mr. Mueller. If Mr. Rosenstein refused, Mr. Trump could fire him, too — a series of events that would recall the “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate, when President Richard M. Nixon sought to dismiss a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox.
For those of you who think everything is “fake news” these days, here is the official explanation of the federal code known as 600.7, which is titled Conduct and Accountability, from the Legal Information Institute which is apart of the Cornell Law School:
600.7 Conduct and accountability.
(a) A Special Counsel shall comply with the rules, regulations, procedures, practices and policies of the Department of Justice. He or she shall consult with appropriate offices within the Department for guidance with respect to established practices, policies and procedures of the Department, including ethics and security regulations and procedures. Should the Special Counsel conclude that the extraordinary circumstances of any particular decision would render compliance with required review and approval procedures by the designated Departmental component inappropriate, he or she may consult directly with the Attorney General.
(b) The Special Counsel shall not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department. However, the Attorney General may request that the Special Counsel provide an explanation for any investigative or prosecutorial step, and may after review conclude that the action is so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued. In conducting that review, the Attorney General will give great weight to the views of the Special Counsel. If the Attorney General concludes that a proposed action by a Special Counsel should not be pursued, the Attorney General shall notify Congress as specified in § 600.9(a)(3).
(c) The Special Counsel and staff shall be subject to disciplinary action for misconduct and breach of ethical duties under the same standards and to the same extent as are other employees of the Department of Justice. Inquiries into such matters shall be handled through the appropriate office of the Department upon the approval of the Attorney General.
(d) The Special Counsel may be disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the Attorney General. The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies. The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal.
It’s gotta suck to be Rod Rosenstein; you have a powerful title and are yet, under the Trump administration, essentially his b****. If he refuses to fire Mueller, Trump can fire Rosenstein and get someone else to be Attorney General and fire Mueller. I’m certain that Trump’s government thinks that firing people should be run like an at-will state. If Trump expects loyalty and people to essentially sweep his dirt under the rug (or ignore that the dirt was even there in the first place), perhaps he should work to fire those in The Justice Department for their hiring practices. As a side note, firing Mueller would essentially be the equivalent of holding up a sign and admitting that you are guilty.
Can anyone call being a part of Trump’s administration a good career move? It seems more and more the people that are submitting their resumes in the name of becoming political superstars, or heroes working from the inside to save our country (and are world) ultimately end up looking like those people in the clips for a reality talent show that not only don’t make it to the actual competition, they end up in those awful clip shows the show produces that will get repeated over and over on television (and on the Internet). My advice – if you want a job in this government, don’t have much to lose and get ready to live without any technology if you manage to screw up on the road upward.