This isn’t the beginning of the end, in terms of the investigations into the Trump Administration, it’s the end of the beginning. I’d agree. The Mueller investigation was narrowly focused, concerned with Russian interference, and run by a by-the-book investigator. The initial investigation spawned other, perhaps more “dangerous” topics for the grifter in chief. Witness, the efforts by the SDNY, the State of New York, the Manhattan District Attorney, various regulatory agencies, and so forth.
Collusion isn’t the point. Not that the Oval Office Occupant wouldn’t like for us all to focus upon whatever collusion might be. The bar has been raised a few times as well. It isn’t “collusion” if the campaign didn’t do it! Oh, but there were some 100 points of contact between Trumpians and the Russians, well then, it isn’t collusion if the president didn’t do it personally. Oh, the president won’t release transcripts or even notes about his sessions with Comrade Putin? Oh well, it isn’t collusion if you can’t find the smoking gun so to speak. However, “collusion” isn’t the point — the point is: Is the President of the United States of America vulnerable to Russian influence in matters of foreign and perhaps even domestic policy? If so, is there evidence of this influence being applied? Now let’s think about our diminished relationships with NATO allies, with NATO itself, with the British. There’s enough smoke to indicate a nice sized fire. We need to see what’s burning.
No matter what Mueller says, the Oval Office Oaf will announce a victory. And, it will be a grand victory — nothing like it in the history of the world, perhaps even since the Big Bang! The Mueller Report won’t use the word “collusion” because it’s not a legal concept. The word is “conspiracy.” Therefore, because the Mueller Report won’t actually say “collusion” explicitly the president* will declare there wasn’t any. We should expect this. His cult followers certainly do.
Watch the SDNY. These investigators and litigators aren’t finished.
Watch the State of New York. These investigators and litigators are getting started.
Watch the House Committee investigations and hearings. It may not do to get bedazzled by the number of subpoenas issued by various committees. Notice that there is a pattern to these requests. The president* has taken some action and been opaque about it. The action and its motivation will be investigated. The question of “why” will emerge. We can probably conjecture there are some basic reasons behind it — (1) the president stands to benefit from it; (2) it expresses or activates one of the president’s biases or prejudices. Lather, rinse, repeat. Lather, rinse, repeat. There may be more than 80 requests for information and data, but we likely won’t be too far off target if we believe that information will demonstrate an abuse of power, an illegal activity, an immoral activity, or illustrate a pattern of deviousness previously not associated with any White House, including that of Richard M. Nixon.
This is the first act of a tragic play. For that matter, it’s likely only the first scene of the first act.