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People to watch for reactions from the Mueller Grand Jury charges….

The Key Players – Legal And Political – Whose Reactions To The Indictment You Should Watch

Obviously we’ll be closely watching special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. But as this drama unfolds, Perry Bacon says we should also be paying close attention to the reactions of these other players:

  • Rob Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller
  • Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan
  • North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr
  • The leading Republican men on Trump and Russia: Mike Conaway, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Chuck Grassley, Devin Nunes and Thomas Rooney
  • The anti-Trump wing of the GOP — both inside and outside the Senate
  • Pro-Mueller GOP senators
  • Other Republicans in Congress
  • Democrats



I will add Donald J. Trump….

His lawyers are going to HAVE TO sit on their client to keep him quiet…Pardon’s at this time would probably be tricky as some lawyers have pointed out that if a pardon is given?…That person loses their 5th admendment rights to NOT answer questions about what they have done and could be counter filed….Manafort is also under investigation by the NY State Atty general’s office whose actions cannot be pardoned…

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Arizona GOP Senator Flake citing Trump…Will NOT run for re-election…

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Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona r is not running for re-election….

He joins fellow GOP Senator’s Bob Corker and John McCain in saying outlaoud that their party leader, The President of the Unirted States, Donald Trump,  doesn’t REALLY know what he’s doing and is harming their party…..

Comments from the three Republican Senator’s  who have had a running battle of words with Trump are not as harsh as what Trump’s own Sec of State Rex Tillerson calling him a ‘fucking moron’….

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday announced plans to retire from the U.S. Senate at the end of his term, saying he was out of step with the Republican Party in the era of President Trump.

The senator’s surprise announcement came after more than a year of criticism of Trump and the direction he has taken the party, culminating in a book called “Conscience of a Conservative” that critiqued the president’s character and ideology. Recent polls in Arizona found Flake trailing the Democrat’s likely Senate nominee, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), as well as potential primary challengers if he sought a second term next year.

Flake’s surprise announcement Tuesday came just minutes after Trump left the Capitol following a rare luncheon with GOP senators and hours after Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) reignited a weeks-long feud with the president over his temperament.

In an unannounced Senate floor speech Tuesday to explain his decision, Flake excoriated Trump without using his name, delivering an address that was a call to arms to like-minded conservatives and a distress call to the nation…..


The question is?

If other Republicans KNOW their party leader is ill equipped to be the President of the United States?

What will they do?

Lawmakers speaking up on this draws a immediate Trump attack in the media and worries of what will the Trump supporters do come primary time….Things have gotten so bad on this that a former Republican President is joining the chorus on asking critical questions about how and what is doing in office….

A former Republican president. A senior Republican senator with a critical illness. A retiring Republican senator. And now an independent-minded Republican senator who faced a difficult, if not impossible, path to re-election.

George W. Bush. John McCain. Bob Corker. And now Jeff Flake of Arizona, who delivered a stinging indictment of President Trump and his own party on the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon as he announced that he would not seek another term. His stirring call to arms came minutes after Mr. Trump concluded a private session with Senate Republicans meant to unite them over their shared agenda.

The four men represent a new type of freedom caucus, one whose members are free to speak their minds about the president and how they see his words and actions diminishing the United States and its standing in the world without fear of the political backlash from hard-right conservatives.

But who — if anyone — will follow?

Well aware of the mercurial nature of the president, most congressional Republicans are loath to do or say anything that could upset Mr. Trump and risk provoking an early-morning Twitter tirade from the White House when they are trying to delicately piece together a complex tax agreement. One can practically sense Republicans tiptoeing around the Capitol, taking extra care not to awaken the president to their presence in a way that could draw a scolding or rebuke….


The only fail-safe on Trump seems to be Defense Sec Mattis and others, who have been able walk back some of the crazy stuff that Trump  mentions that he wants….


Democrats think the door to a possible Senate as well House majpority is opening a bit wider…


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Clinton Republicans…..

E.J. Dionne Jr. @ the Washington Post looks at the growing list of Republicans who DO NOT like Donald Trump and will NOT vote for him….

But will they LAST?

The Never Trump Republicans, including those who have endorsed Clinton, are a far more complicated group. Many of them are devout philosophical conservatives who have little in common with Clinton on either policy or ideology. They see Trump as unacceptable largely because of who he is: his tendency toward cruelty and viciousness, his racial attitudes and his lack of seriousness about policy. Many Republicans are praying the Trump episode will be an interlude and that they will be able to resume control of their party after it ends.

Others are a part of an unusual alliance between hawkish neoconservatives and Republican foreign policy realists who often disagree with each other but are joined in the view that Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, is entirely outside the internationalist traditions their party has broadly upheld since World War II. Both ends of this anti-Trump alliance are especially suspicious of his friendly views of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his support of policies (on NATO and the European Union) that would advance Russia’s interests.

On foreign policy, there is some coming together between Clinton and her Republican allies. Dovish liberals worry about this aspect of the anti-Trump right. They suspect — partly on the basis of her history — that Clinton’s instincts are more hawkish than President Obama’s.

Her allies on international issues cast the issue somewhat differently — and more positively: that Clinton’s election could restore something close to an older consensus on foreign policy that was blown apart by the Iraq War. They argue that she occupies a middle ground between Obama and his hawkish critics. She is less interventionist than the neoconservatives but would, on some issues, be tougher in her approach to diplomacy than Obama has been……


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