Nancy Pelosi has been nominated to be the next speaker of the House. She received more votes from her caucus than Paul Ryan received from his years ago.
Meanwhile, the outlines of the conspiracy case against the Trump campaign are becoming clearer. The central players appear to be Paul Manafort, Jerome Corsi, and Roger Stone. And of course, Donald Trump. It’s not a coincidence that Trump has refused to rule out a pardon for Paul Manafort, which is itself a possible legal liability.
It’s also not a coincidence that Trump is becoming more agitated, writing disparaging tweets about the Mueller probe and forwarding a grotesque meme showing Obama, Comey, Mueller, the Clintons and others behind bars with a caption about prosecuting them for treason.
Trump’s method is as Orwellian as it is clear: accuse others of the things he himself is guilty of. For example, Trump is crooked. Trump is low IQ. Trump is lazy. Trump is a liar. Trump colluded. Trump seems treasonous. Trump should be locked up.
The Senate this week tried for a second time to bring legislation to protect the Mueller probe but was again thwarted by Senate leadership. Such legislation would be valuable but it’s easy to see that Mueller is planning several steps ahead while Trump is only reacting to today’s news cycle. For example Manafort is screwed because even if he gets a tainted pardon from Trump he will still be charged by state courts on charges that no president can pardon.
Stay tuned to the Mueller news this week. Things are heating up.