The Hill – But one Republican was unwilling to commit to legislation enshrining protections for Mueller. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he doesn’t believe a bill shielding Mueller is necessary “right now.”
“If there’s an issue that arise[s], we’ll take it up at that time,” McCarthy told NBC’s Meet the Press. “But right now, there is not an issue, so why create one when there isn’t a place for it?”
Well that’s a load off my mind. You know, sometimes I can be a pretty cynical guy. Up until I heard Kevin McCarthy’s explanation on Sunday, I thought the exact opposite of what he said. Meet the Press? More like Palm Meet My Face.
In my defense, the reason I thought Congress should prevent Trump from firing Mueller was because last June Trump tried to fire Mueller. To my simpleton brain, this meant that Trump tried to fire Mueller. But things aren’t all they seem. In reality, when Trump tried to fire Mueller, that was actually a sign that Trump tried to fire Mueller.
How could I have been so stupid?
As if McCarthy’s reassurance wasn’t enough, there was also West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
“That’s New York talk,” Manchin said on Meet the Press when asked about the time Trump tried to fire Mueller. “I look at it strictly as the New York language that they have which is different than most other people.”
I’ve lived in New York for six years and I have to say I’m completely embarrassed that a West Virginian had to educate me on “the New York language” when it comes to firing people. To think that when a few years back my old boss told me to “Get the fuck out!” he was just speaking the “New York language” and I had no idea he wasn’t trying to fire me? Well, that’s absolutely CRUSHING when I think about how I could’ve stayed while my stock options continued to vest.
Shit. Is it too late to go back?