Trump returns to Washington full of himself after his meetings with the dictator of North Korea and a welcome week off from his obsession with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, but he is likely to be brought back down to earth quickly.
Mueller is getting close to completing his investigation, which will include a special look at Trump’s behavior, and could come as soon as later this month or next month, according to a report by Robert Costa of The Washington Post on CNBC.
More info: Mueller team wants to release report on Obstruction investigation, incidents during President's time in office this June or July. AND THEN they continue with collusion probe. Hot Summer. pic.twitter.com/tFQHd9yZ4y
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 4, 2018
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As Mueller moves toward his endgame, the storm clouds hanging over Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen are also about to break, according to a report by Vanity Fair’s The Hive.
“According to a source close to Cohen,” reports Gabriel Sherman for Vanity Fair, “Cohen has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now.”
Cohen denies he said that but Sherman quotes a former White House official who says, “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen, If anyone can blow up Trump, it’s him.”
The prospect of Cohen being arrested, possibly on criminal charges, already has porn star Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti, who has been Cohen’s nemesis, worked up.
For those keeping track, approximately 57 days ago, I predicted that Mr. Cohen would be arrested and indicted within 90 days… I also stated it would pose a serious problem for Mr. Trump. #ClockTicking #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 12, 2018
According to Sherman, Mueller’s first action will be to deliver his findings to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, probably about potential obstruction of justice charges.
“Donald is very worried,” a Republican close to Trump told Sherman. “The difference is that Trump is now more unshackled than at any point in his presidency, meaning that firing Mueller or Rosenstein remains a possibility.”
“We’ve entered the era of primal Trump,” one outside adviser told Sherman.
So the buttoned-down, patient, calculated Mueller is close to showing his hand and taking on Trump, known for his quick impulsive reactions and vengeful streak, which could lead to a kind of public High Noon-style showdown for the President and the prosecutor.
Whatever happens, it will be watched intently by Congress and the public and could well impact the coming midterm elections in November, if not the underpinnings of the American democracy as we have known it.
Keep an eye on Cohen, with whom the president remains obsessed because if he cracks a lot of information about the president could spill out.
The end game of the investigations nears and ultimately we will see who is left standing.