Amid an intensifying investigation into his associates’ ties to Russia, President Donald Trump reportedly blamed his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for his role in begetting special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to lead the Russia investigation.
Trump, according to Vanity Fair, has grown frustrated with the Mueller investigation and told his former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday that he faulted Kushner for his role in deciding to fire former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey.
In another conversation with former adviser Roger Stone, Trump agreed with Stone’s assessment that Kushner gave poor political advice.
On Monday, the Trump administration witnessed the first indictment in Mueller’s investigation, as well as a former campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, admitting to misleading the FBI about his contact with Russians.
Those charges came as the president faced relatively low approval ratings, an indication to former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg that the president was in dire straits.
“Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s f**ked,” Nunberg said, according to Vanity Fair.
Trump’s advisers reportedly see little that the president can do to deter Mueller, whose termination might prompt establishment Republicans to mull impeaching Trump.
That’s a possibility that both Stone and Bannon see as likely. Both view establishment Republicans as waiting for an opportunity to impeach the president.