I spent an entire column detailing how Sondland could end Trump’s presidency in the coming week.
Rudy Giuliani is set to be arrested at any time, and god only knows what Rudy could testify to.
Roger Stone was convicted and may be tripping over himself to talk, just to get his sentence reduced, despite the fact that he’s already burned himself as a convicted perjurer.
The Supreme Court may or may not decide to hear the case regarding Trump’s tax returns and the state of New York. The SCOTUS may decide this week that it won’t review the case, at which point Trump’s tax returns will be in the Manhattan DA’s hands by the end of the week. The SCOTUS’s decision about whether to take the case involving the Deutsche Bank records is also about to get to the SCOTUS.
As we noted, the three ambassadors changed everything about the tone regarding impeachment this week. The tide has turned discerningly against Trump.
It is within this environment that Trump took an unannounced trip to the doctor today at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC, purportedly in “anticipation of a long campaign year” and “taking advantage of a rare weekend off,” he went in for a medical review, and we now know that review involved some tests.
Some will tell us that “all is normal.” Except this appointment, coming unannounced, is not at all normal. Per MSN:
The appointment wasn’t on his weekend public schedule that was released Friday night, and his last physical was in February. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the 73-year-old Trump was “anticipating a very busy 2020’’ and wanted to take advantage of “a free weekend’’ in Washington to begin “portions of his routine’’ checkup. She was not more specific about the testing.
Is it possible that Trump is laying the groundwork for an “out”?
“He is too ill to continue as president.”
I am not the only one questioning how a non-emergency doctor’s appointment could become so necessary, so quickly, not the least because there is literally a physician on call at the White House at all times, and a small clinic within the facility. To go out of that environment means that “something” else is going on.
Very interesting. https://t.co/5F9cDJZIcC
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 16, 2019
And yet, it is always good to have options, no?
Trump is Trump. He is not going to throw his hands up, yell “Ya got me!” and put his hands behind his head. He will lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes to retain whatever power, money, sympathy, and any other redeeming quality he thinks he can retain, by whatever means necessary.
Including playing “sick” and handing the reigns over to Pence, who then pardons Trump and his family “so he can work on his health.”
Keep an eye on it.
UPDATE: Reviewing Twitter, there is a great deal of irresponsible speculation about drug abuse, which is one hell of an allegation to throw around without any proof (one can admit one is speculating, as we often do, but not make a direct accusation). There is this update by the press secretary, Bagdad Bob:
From Stephanie Grisham: “After a quick exam and labs, the President is headed back downtown.
The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week.”
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) November 16, 2019
And yet, if this is confirmed, it is odd:
So why hasn't he played golf in almost a month, Steph? So the weather in the DC area has been bad. It's not like he can't get on AF-1 and fly south to Doral.
— Mike Prevost 🇫🇮🇪🇺🏳️🌈🌱 (@MikePrevost3) November 16, 2019
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