After POTUS Tantrum, Mattis Resigns

Pre-Christmas Trump: Rebuked, rampaging

As captured by cable news … MSNBC: “TRUMP CHAOS” … CNN: “DEFENSE SECRETARY QUITS … AS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS AND FINANCIAL MARKETS TANK” … Fox News: “SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN.” [Axios]

ON A DAY the Trump administration dropped sanctions on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, tied to disgraced Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Remember…The deal between the two men was made possible by the Kremlin-controlled Russian bank which also wanted to provide funding for Trump Moscow.

But it was the decision of the accidental White House occupant to pull out of Syria and consider evacuating all U.S. troops from Afghanistan which was too far for Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

It was inevitable.

Even Fox News went off in spectacular holiday fashion.

Brian Kilmeade just called out Trump to Sarah Sanders on Syria:

“Sarah, he’s giving Russia a big win. Vladimir Putin praised him. He’s also doing exactly what he criticized President Obama for doing. He said President Obama was the founder of ISIS. He just refounded ISIS.” pic.twitter.com/PC48rTkQ77— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 21, 2018

The timing, however, caught Washington hungover and spinning from the news out of the Justice Department.

Acting Trump pitbull, Matthew Whitaker, gave the ethics gurus inside Justice the middle finger. Putting himself in charge of the Mueller investigation.

Too late, for Trump’s purposes.

The accidental occupant of the White House will be under investigation for many years after he leaves Washington, which will be with his reputation in tatters and the “Trump” brand demolished.

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller is nearing the end of his historic investigation into Russian election interference and is expected to submit a confidential report to the attorney general as early as mid-February, government officials and others familiar with the situation tell NBC News. “They clearly are tying up loose ends,” said a lawyer who has been in contact with the Mueller team. [NBC NEWS]