Robert Mueller and why Trump can’t fire his way out of ‘Russia thing’ this time

Appointment of special counsel to investigate Kremlin collusion bypasses president and demonstrates seriousness of the allegations against his circle

With the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, the future of Donald Trump’s presidency has become significantly more precarious.

Since coming to office Trump has acted as if the post was an elected monarchy – and up to now, he has been cosseted in that illusion by a largely servile Republican party. But what differentiates the US presidency from a monarchy, even under these conditions, are the permanent institutions, made up of civil servants, prosecutors and lawyers. Trump derided them as “the swamp”, in which everyone was for sale. Now “the swamp” has struck back.

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