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Yesterday was a day in which the news cycle was dominated by Mueller’s indictments and his success at turning Papadopoulos into a valuable witness. Today’s news cycle is appropriately dominated by the horrific terrorist attack in New York. The news cycle is fickle and has a short attention span so I suspect the lead story tomorrow will be something different. While obviously I would have to be clairvoyant to predict with absolute accuracy, I do have a prediction.  I have been puzzled by the complete lack of discussion, since the initial Mueller indictments, about Flynn. He was, after all, a major player in both the campaign and the administration. Yet there was no mention of him by Mueller or anyone else yesterday. I believe there is a simple reason for this. I think he has been flipped by Mueller. The fact that his son became a Mueller target created exactly the kind of pressure necessary to convince Flynn to cooperate. I think that this will be announced over the next few days creating the pressure that will perhaps encourage Manafort and Gates to flip. Needless to say Trump et.al. will not take this news well. As many have said over the past few days this is the beginning of the end. No doubt however, we are still months away from the end of the end.

While the Manafort and Gates indictments are important, they may pail when compared to the Popadopoulos guilty plea. This is a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign who connects the campaign directly to the Russians. The fact that he pleaded guilty might indicate his willingness to cooperate and provide important information. This on top of the obvious incentive for Manafort and Gates to cooperate in order to reduce their potential punishment is a good start. Though today is important, it is just the beginning. This is a process that will take months to bear fruit and create the kind of pressure that will impact directly on the Trump Presidency. Until that time he will attempt to distance himself, obfuscate, deflect and deny. Be patient, our opportunity to celebrate the demise of the Trump Family Grifters will arrive in due time.

As we all await with great anticipation the Mueller announcement on Monday we need to remain aware of other developments that are of great concern. The systematic process of deregulation occurring throughout our governmental institutions threatens our basic democratic protections. Whether the potential takeover by Sinclair Group of nearly 75% of our local television outlets, or the demise of consumer and voting protections, we are facing a frightening infringement on our basic liberties. We can hope that the announcement tomorrow is the first step in a process that will see the end of this administration, but we must be responsible to protect ourselves, our children and grandchildren from the efforts at the “deconstruction of our administrative state” so proudly declared by Bannon.

We have all gotten used to the fact that facts and truth are of no consequence in the Trump Administration. What has become particularly clear during the past week is that the president and his staff also lack soul. Their current soulless behavior with regard to the fallen soldiers is reflective of the grifter mentality that is pervasive in the White House. Everything is a zero sum game and the president will never admit an error or apologize. He leads the Trump Family Grifters and he is both a disgrace and an embarrassment.

Our grifter president once again proves that he cares little about anyone or anything but himself, his self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. His inability to make a sympathy call with the appropriate sincerity and grace illustrates his basic lack of inner-strength and empathy. His need to lie on Monday about his and his predecessors calls to the survivors of our fallen soldiers and then about what was actually said in that call is abhorrent and beneath the accepted norms of office of the presidency. Trump’s baseless accusations against a black congresswoman who in fact had been a decades-old intimate friend of the fallen soldier’s family sadly typifies the fact-free aggressively defensive behavior of this president.  The events depicted above make it clear that there is not one single objective evaluative measurement by which this president meets even the most basic criteria of appropriate behavior, necessary leadership or level of accomplishment necessary for success. His failure to perform, as well as his wholesale disregard of accepted protocols, institutions and relationships has placed this nation and our allies in danger. The unprecedented remarks made recently by Presidents Obama and Bush as well Vice President Biden and Senators McCain and Corker must be accepted as unmistakable warnings of great impending jeopardy. Never has it become more important to speak out and actively work for the defeat of Republicans. Their benign acceptance and then active support of both his candidacy and behavior is responsible for the current state of our nation. No honest congressional investigation or impeachment action can take place with a Republican majority. 2018 is our chance to change that. For the sake of our nation, and indeed the world, we can’t afford to lose this opportunity.

Well, we’re about to face another week of Trump. While there is no shortage of issues to be concerned about, it is important to focus on the totality of his efforts rather than any single act. It is clear that his goal is two-fold. First, he is doing everything he can to destroy the Obama legacy and all that it represents. Second, he is working to abide by Bannon’s goal to “dismantle the administrative state” and the Republican establishment in its wake. Destruction doesn’t require a grand and brilliant strategy. A wrecking ball is not an instrument used for surgical precision. It may be used for indiscriminate and impulsive action as long as it doesn’t deviate from the broader goals.  Naturally, these two very important goals are subservient to the overriding themes of his life….survival, self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement. He is the head of the Trump Family Grifters. He defines this role in everything he does. Don’t get entangled in the details. We need to view all that he does through these lenses.