The timing of many of the leaks coming out of the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller may seem mysterious to most people, but you can rest assured there is always a sound, strategic, patriotic reason for each and every crumb or mother lode of information we are provided.
The New York Times gem that rocked the Friday news cycle was no exception.
As I wrote in this space just after the Congressional midterm elections, the after-hours, late night meeting in the Capitol between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and FOX News chief Rupert Murdoch was most likely a strategy session to coordinate a slow pivot from enabling Donald Trump, to moving away from him as 2020 neared. With Trump's legal problems worsening as Mueller looms large, FOX News ratings suffering, and the GOP defending 22 Senate seats in 2020, they simply can't afford to have Trump at the top of the ticket. They need to point Trump to his exit ramp.
Trump only has their help when he is useful to them. McConnell got his judges, including two Supreme Court Justices, and he's content.
The news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg underwent cancer surgery prompted giddy excitement at the Trump White House and in GOP circles. Their goulish hope to have Trump nominate his third SCOTUS may have been enough to pause that pivot, convincing McConnell, Murdoch and the corrupt GOP that enables Trump to hold out for that 3rd seat on the bench. But those hopes were quickly dashed as Justice Ginsberg's doctor gave her a solid thumbs-up health report , indicating she'll be around for a good, long time and back at work after a brief rest, soon followed by Mueller dropping a bomb that an FBI inquiry into Trump possibly being a Russian asset -- a spy -- had been in play since Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. The 45th President's behavior was so alarming as to be viewed as a rather significant national security risk. It is not a stretch to understand that Mueller may have chosen to leak this gold nugget now to ensure McConnell and the rest of the GOP disabuse themselves of any plans to circle the wagons around Trump long enough to score another Supreme Court Justice.
If there any mercenary Republicans still thick-skulled enough to entertain the notion that sticking with Trump will benefit them, the events of the past 24 hours should liberate them from that pipe dream.