In the past twenty-four hours we’ve seen two key Republican Senators throw their legacies away and go on a crime spree in the name of trying to prop up Donald Trump and Russia. We’ve learned that Robert Mueller has flipped at least one of Trump’s top White House advisers. We’ve seen one of Trump’s key campaign people have a meltdown and, purposely or accidentally, throw one of Trump’s kids under the bus. And the sun still hasn’t set on the west coast. But none of these things explain each other, because there’s more coming.
Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham decided today to formally call for criminal charges to be brought against Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele, for no good reason, purely in an attempt at propping up Donald Trump and Russia and scaring off those trying to expose Trump’s crimes. This is the kind of desperation heave you’d expect to see at the very end, when the entire Republican Party is about to get exposed for having committed treason. Yet there’s no clear reason why these two men have chosen today to set themselves on fire.
It’s not simply to distract from Michael Wolff’s new insider book about the Trump administration, which is going to continue to get the bulk of the headlines over the weekend one way or the other. Something else is afoot here. Last night’s story about Reince Priebus having given his notes to Mueller, and Jeff Sessions having been incriminated even more severely than we were expecting, felt like one of those stories that arrives in stages. This was stage one. There’s much more coming. Throw in Brad Parscale’s meltdown today, which startlingly pushed Eric Trump of all people to the forefront of the Trump-Russia election rigging conspiracy, and this day just got even more surreal.
So precisely what’s about to break? I honestly couldn’t tell you. Today’s various jarring and jagged pieces of the puzzle don’t fit together, at least not in any way that we can fit them together without knowing what it is that we’re missing. Instead, these pieces merely tell us that something huge is about to break – and it’s so ugly that everyone from Trump’s campaign advisers to Republicans who have criticized Trump in the past are now scrambling to fight back against it before it lands. It presumably involves not just the Trump campaign and Trump family, but much or all of the Republican Party. Stay tuned.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report