Robert S. Mueller III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation ,testifies during a hearing of the National Commission. (Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Trump’s Attack on Mueller Is About One Thing: Fear

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- “There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. I mean, unless you call obstruction the fact that I fight back — I do fight back, I really fight back. I mean, if you call that obstruction, that’s fine.” — Donald Trump, press conference, September 27, 2018

Sometimes the president of the United States just shows his hand. He reveals himself in press conferences and interviews and, of course, on Twitter.

Yes, these things always feature a lot of word salad and free association that requires everyone around Donald Trump to unpack their magic decoder rings to decipher what he’s saying. But there’s occasionally a certain there there, especially when it comes to the president’s particular fixations — like Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible collusion and obstruction of justice involving Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

On Thursday morning — just a week after firing his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and temporarily replacing him with an apparatchik, Matthew Whitaker — Trump launched four broadsides at Mueller on Twitter:

Trump’s Attack on Mueller Is About One Thing: Fear
Trump’s Attack on Mueller Is About One Thing: Fear
Trump’s Attack on Mueller Is About One Thing: Fear