Popular vote loser Donald Trump, perhaps as a holdover from his days as a reality TV star, loves to tell people “you’re fired.” He did for it years on TV and he’s done it quite often since being elected President.
The list of Trump lawyers, aides, advisers and cabinet members that have been dismissed or left “of their own accord” grows by the week.
And then there are the people Trump fires to try and protect himself from being investigated for his massive “alleged” criminal activities, like former FBI Director James Comey and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to name but a couple.
And there’s still speculation, despite the almost certainly overwhelming negative press that will follow, that Trump will fire Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and therefore indirectly fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
But, as The Palmer Report explains, there are two Trump nemeses that have emerged in recent months that Trump has no power to fire, and they might be the ones that ultimately brings Trump down – Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, and Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for Southern New York and, ironically, a Trump appointee:
Trump’s hands are completely tied when it comes to Michael Avenatti using Daniels’ civil lawsuit as a de facto criminal investigation, but things get worse for Trump. There’s someone else Trump can’t fire as well.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is running the federal criminal investigation into Donald Trump and Michael Cohen. However, there is actually no U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Why? Because Trump fired Bharara last year, so the position is vacant, which was followed by the Trump nomination of Geoffrey Berman who is assuming the role on an interim basis. However, Berman has recused himself from the investigation due to his ties to Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s other attorney (for now).
What does all that mean? It means the SDNY investigation into Trump is being lead by a Deputy in the SDNY office. If Trump fires him, another Deputy will step in and keep the case moving forward. Simply put, there’s quite literally nothing Trump can do to shut down the SDNY investigation.