Trump’s dream of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and ending this Trump-Russia investigation are officially over. He’s tried everything he could think of and it has only backfired every step of the way. The White House seems to have officially accepted that Mueller isn’t going anywhere.
The federal budget for 2019 has been released and most of that budget was useless due to the cuts it tried to make to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Despite that, Trump tried to get some leverage by not even bothering to mess with the budget pieces that effect Mueller.
This budget included the funding needed for the Mueller investigation to go into 2019. Trump obviously couldn’t just cut the funding completely despite his desire to do so, but he could have at least attempted some cuts of some kind. Apparently, it’s more important to protect the wealthy and screw over the poor than to fight a losing battle with Mueller at this point.
Politico reports the budget projects that Mueller’s team will keep spending at its current rate of about $10 million per year in the next fiscal year, which starts in October.
Mueller’s prosecutors have a criminal case pending against Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy Rick Gates. No trial date has been set, but the judge suggested last month that a trial could start in August or September. If it does, the trial and any appeal would almost certainly extend into the next fiscal year.
Trump can fight it all he wants, but it’s clear that he’s finally accepted the fact that Robert Mueller isn’t going anywhere. He will most likely continue to try to sabotage the investigation as much as he can, but that will only hurt him more when the criminal charges start rolling in.