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Schmidt Wrote: Some analysts are seeing this as the first move to clear house and to fire Robert Mueller. He may have one big firing of several staff at once including Rod Rosenstein. While this may seem like political suicide for Trump, the alternative is perhaps even worse -- to let Mueller complete his investigation, which could have severe implications for the Trump organization beyond his impeachment and removal from office. The fact that Mueller has subpoenaed documents from the Trump organization is really worrisome to Trump. He is between a rock and a hard place.
The part that has puzzled me for a long time is how calm\reserved trump has been during the investigation. trump behaves as if he has nothing to hide, yet with each day, we learn more and more that suggests he guilty of something very huge.
1) If trump has not done anything wrong, then his calm demeanor on the investigation makes some sense; he is clean, done nothing wrong, and Mueller will clear him 100%. Nothing to be paranoid about. If 100% innocent, it would be understandable for trump to be frustrated that its taking Mueller so long to clear him.
2) He can be calm because he perceives he has a fail-safe plan that solves the problem. I've ponder that trump's fail-safe plan maybe to pardon everyone, declare victory having accomplish all his goals, and resign. We, as a country, move on. However, that is speculation, and there are other ways trump may decide to handle it. As pointed out, trump may attempt to have everyone fired and the investigation closed, and all related document sealed for 100 years (or destroyed).
Lastly, and probably most important, the clock is ticking from two perspectives. trump does not know when Mueller will bring further indictments, and the mid terms. If democrats take control during the mid-terms, they will come after trump so hard and so fast, he won't be be able to handle the bombardment. trump will not be able to fire anybody, let alone Mueller.
IMHO, trump only hope to survive Mueller is shut down the investigation before the mid-terms, ideally before the end of August, and have the investigation closed without ever releasing any further conclusions\indictments. Basically execute a plan that leaves the investigation in limbo indefinitely.