When I started this blog my presumption was that ultimately many people around Donald Trump would be charged with various crimes and that Trump would still be standing after the fact. He would remain… tarnished, damaged and left to Congress to deal with or not; leading to a constitutional crisis. I presumed this wouldn’t take place until late spring or early summer.
We’re way ahead of schedule and that makes me nervous.
In hindsight, it is possible that Trump’s latest insanity was in fact prodded by the knowledge that the hammer was coming down on Flynn. What is about to happen to Flynn could portend great difficulties to Trump himself. We don’t know yet. It is possible that we will be able to glean where this investigation is going, so far as Trump himself is concerned, by what is type of language is presented in court in half an hour. We may not know.
If it is presented as a plea deal, then we have to wonder what the other side of the bargain is. This most obviously, as far as Trump is concerned, points to obstruction of justice. That looks like a straight forward path, doesn’t it? If that’s the case, I’m unhappy with the timeline, but we knew all along Mueller isn’t going to play politics and if he had, it would muddy his honest work.
It could be that this will follow my original analysis and lead to further charges filed against “all the kings men” and not Trump himself. It could also be that a forthcoming plea deal is self contained and involves only Flynn himself, but that would seem to be less likely.
We may not discover anything new after this court appearance. Let’s see. I know it’s awful for me to contemplate, but I hope this gets strung along closer to midterms, or we may find ourselves in a comparably worse place for the long-term prospects of a liberal, progressive, forward reaching Democracy.
If all things remain as they are, this would be the beginning of Trump totally losing his mind and undertaking some truly concerning, troubling, and dangerous activities in full blown insanity that could damage our country.