Reports from the Mueller investigation indicate arrests will start, perhaps as early as Monday, Oct 30.
While none of us knows who IS to be arrested, I can tell you who is NOT being arrested:
- No Clinton campaign officials
- No Obama administration officials.
Can’t say the same for Trump Mob Family members and associates.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the folks around our only president weren’t ready when Friday’s news hit, just as they aren’t ready for anything else that pops up as they stumble and fumble around trying to run the Executive Branch:
The White House has been anticipating for months that special counsel Robert Mueller would eventually file criminal charges in his Russia investigation. But President Donald Trump, his lawyers and senior administration officials were all caught off guard by the news.
Two of Trump’s top lawyers were traveling out of town when the first report broke Friday night that a federal grand jury had approved the first indictment in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. One of Trump’s personal attorneys, Ty Cobb, was relaxing on his deck in South Carolina, while the entire team was still working to confirm the veracity of the CNN report over the weekend.
Those working with the White House on this apparently are just as in the dark as the rest of us about who might be charged, although speculation focuses on Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. However, there’s also a case for expecting action against one of their relatives, or someone with another connection to the case.
Several attorneys who said they were in touch with the Manafort and Flynn lawyers said they had not been notified of any matter related to an indictment — which is customary in a white-collar criminal investigation — leading them to believe it wasn’t either of those two former high-ranking Trump aides. …
The attorneys close to the case also said they wouldn’t be surprised if the charges were targeting Flynn or Manafort family members, or a longtime accountant or lawyer.
As others have noted, putting that kind of legal pressure on a relative can get the person you really want to flip. Both men have relatives in legal crosshairs.
Meanwhile, as we approach the one-year mark of this so-called presidency, this development will give White House staffers even more of a reason to jump ship and try to salvage some kind of a career afterward. And it’s going to get really noisy as those who’ve cast their lot with Trump feverishly scream about anything else they can possibly think of. Personally, I’m looking forward to Fox News rage-tweeting about Obama and Hillary substituting Sharia law for Christmas, or that they’ve hijacked Santa’s sled to drop nuclear bombs on Puerto Rico. That’s entertainment!
In June 2017, Donald Trump summoned Republican senators to the White House for a meeting. This week, in a long op-ed for the New York Times about how Republicans tolerate Trump for their economic goals, columnist David Brooks dropped this nugget of information which seems to warrant wider play. Much wider:
As other relationships wither, many Americans are making partisanship the basis of their identity — their main political, ethnic and moral attachment. And the polls show that if you want to win a Republican primary these days, you have to embrace the Trump narrative, and not the old biblical one.
The Republican senators went to the White House and saw a president so repetitive and rambling, some thought he might be suffering from early Alzheimer’s. But they know which way the wind is blowing. They gave him a standing ovation.
Brooks correctly notes that people have brushed off his behavior because he may deliver their ultimate golden goose—tax cuts for their wealthy donors:
The people who reluctantly collaborate with Trump make a different error: economism. This is the belief that Trump’s behavior is tolerable because at least Republicans can pass a tax cut. People who believe that value money more than morals. Trumpism is not just economic, and it can’t be thwarted by passing a bit of economic policy.
Republican senators have apparently openly discussed with each other whether Donald Trump has early stage Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s all A-OK as long as he signs off on those tax cuts.
Donald Trump made a big deal during his campaign and his early months in office about how he was going to bring American steel back. It was a joke then and now we have the numbers on how much of a joke it was:
Ten months after his Keystone event, Trump has yet to deliver on his pledge to boost the fortunes of American steel. Two self-imposed deadlines for trade action, one in June and one in July, have come and gone. Meanwhile, the prospect of tariffs has led to a surge of cheap foreign steel into the U.S., with imports rising 24 percent in 2017, the fastest increase in years.
That’s Donald Trump all over. Big promises, less than zero results. Negative results, even.
9:00 PM EDT, Friday, October 27: CNN reports Mueller has released sealed indictments; arrests to be made starting Monday.
No wonder Trump and every Republican has been raving about Hillary, emails, uranium . . . trying to distract attention from the real criminal activity!!!
We are NOT at the end of this investigation. More investigation, more indictments, more arrests coming in the next weeks and months.
You may have noticed Trump assuring reporters Wednesday of his Ivy league pedigree, his superior intelligence, and his memory being one of the greatest “of all time.” “I went to an Ivy league school,” he reminded them of his lackluster years at UPenn. “I did very well, I’m a very intelligent person.”
Words of desperation, my friends, from an ego practically gasping for air as the windbag-in-chief takes up all the oxygen in the room. See, the Dons just can’t believe all his ahhmaaazing achievements aren’t getting the credit they deserve. Apparently the work isn’t speaking for itself. So he is now indulging in self-congratulatory praise at every turn, even when for instance, he’s supposed to be focused on his supposed No. 1 priority: taxes.
Trump didn’t talk much about tax legislation during his [Tuesday] visit to the Hill. He spent the opening 30 minutes of his closed-door remarks simply reiterating what he considers to be the many accomplishments of his first nine months in office. Most of those things were done through executive actions that took no help from Congress, where the broader agenda items — health care and tax cuts — have stalled.
Good thinking—brag about all the useless things you’ve managed to do without the help of your GOP colleagues—nothing could be more tremendous than that.
“I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl, and they said it was equal. I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time.”
No word yet from Trump on whether his CIA ovation or Hill ovation was bigger. Either way, poor Peyton Manning is clearly envious of all Trump’s wild successes.
Trump’s adventures in bragging this week build on a escalating pattern over the past few weeks. As Politico noted last week:
Friends say President Donald Trump has grown frustrated that his greatness is not widely understood, that his critics are fierce and on TV every morning, that his poll numbers are both low and “fake,” and that his White House is caricatured as adrift.
Yep, that’s the driver for his smoke-and-mirrors show to prove his greatness. No one is immune.
The president first convened his Cabinet for a discursive soliloquy on issues domestic and foreign. They sat stone-faced as he held forth, meandering from topic to topic.
He then abruptly canceled the daily briefing by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, instead summoning reporters already gathered in the briefing room to the Rose Garden for an impromptu 40-minute news conference, where he faced a frenzy of shouted questions and seemed to want to answer even more.
Ahh, that random press conference no one could explain—now explained. Despite the fountain of lies Sanders spews day in and day out, she just can’t seem to convince reporters or most Americans that Trump is truly tremendous. So he had to take matters into his own hands.
He bragged in the Rose Garden that James Lee Witt, a Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator under President Bill Clinton, gave his performance on hurricanes an “A-plus” — including Puerto Rico. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for him,” Trump said of Witt. Several Trump aides said they’d never heard of Witt before Monday’s remarks. […]
He heaped lavish praise on his own performance and ideas. “It will be the largest tax cut in history,” he said of a plan that’s still vague, has uncertain chances of passing and has sparked discord in his own administration.
Health care will be “terrific,” he said, even though he’s been unable to pass a bill and has struggled to understand the particulars. He praised himself as brave for ripping away the health care subsidies that are key to the insurance market.
Apparently, that display of braggadocio went over so well, he reprised it again this week, which suggests we’re likely to be treated to a lot more incoherent bloviating from the guy who really believes the world owes him a standing ovation.