December 18, 2017

So CNN reports this morning that Trump staffers are shielding him from information that shows just how close Mueller is to more indictments, apparently to keep him from firing the special counsel.

He's so presidential, isn't he?

"The president has been quiet when it comes to the investigation into whether there was any Russian meddling," reporter Sarah Murray said.

"He even told some of the friends and allies he expects to get a letter of exoneration from Mueller's team. Both privately and publicly, Trump's lawyers have cast this very optimistic timeline, saying they expect the president and the White House to be cleared of this any time. It could come in the coming months. But legal experts and other lawyers involved are very skeptical there's any indication that Mueller is wrapping up his work. That has some of Trump's allies worried that this could be setting up the president for disappointment and setting him up for a meltdown and potentially a rash move.

"We talked to more than three dozen sources in the White House close to the president who are involved in this investigation. They also noted that one of the key tipping points for the president's mood on this could come this week. That's when we are expecting Mueller and his team to sit down with the president's lawyers. The president's lawyers are hoping they can get a read on Mueller for the the next steps in this investigation.

"Now, that could be good news for Trump," she said. "Maybe Mueller sends him a signal that, sure, things are wrapping up. If it is an indication this could carry on, then Trump's allies are worried could cause him to do something rash, like try to move to fire Mueller. Trump talked to reporters yesterday as he was returning to the White House. He insisted that wasn't under consideration."

Until he finally has to face reality, of course. This is what paying for second-string lawyers gets you!

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