If these reports are correct, then I believe that Donald Trump has just acknowledged guilt over something, either himself or others on his behalf.
It was already a serious question of why Trump is acting like he is guilty, if he is not. And why is he covering up, if there's nothing to hide? (See recent blogs).
Trump's comments have been aimed at undermining the appointment of a special counsel. And now "two people with knowledge of White House thinking" have told reporters that "Within hours of Mueller's appointment . . . the White House began reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, which restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating their prior law firm's clients for one year after their hiring. . . . An executive order signed by Trump in January extended that period to two years."
Hmmm. That's interesting. Wonder why he signed that back in January? An Executive Order has to be thought up and written for some reason. What were they anticipating?
Mueller's former law firm, from which he resigned on accepting this appointment, represents Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and Paul Manafort, who we know is subject of a federal investigation. Mueller was not himself involved with either of those clients.
Legal experts say that this rule can be waived by the Justice Department, but it is not known at this point whether that was done in setting up the appointment. But Mueller is too smart not to have thought of this -- unless he possibly did not know about his firm representing Kushner. That's unlikely, isn't it?
This adds weight to the speculation that the "person of interest" who is "close to Trump" is indeed Jared Kushner.