- CNN reported Monday that President Donald Trump is calm about the Russia probes
- There are certain realities that suggest this calm precedes a big storm
(CNN)Nothing has irritated President Donald Trump more in the first year of his presidency than the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia. He has called it a witch hunt. A hoax. He's blamed Democrats -- unwilling to admit he beat them in 2016 -- for it. He's railed -- publicly and privately -- at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Justice Department's investigation.
- Trump's calm -- as detailed in the piece -- is rooted in his lawyers' assertion that (a) the investigation is wrapping up and (b) he will receive some sort of "exoneration letter" proving that he was right all along. On the second point, all we know about Trump's status in the investigation is that he says former FBI Director James Comey told him on three occasions that he was not under investigation. But that was many months ago. On the first point, we -- and Trump's lawyers -- have no real way of knowing where Mueller is in the course of the investigation.
- Trump is mercurial. He is goes from calm to angry in the blink of the eye. It's a personality trait that has been on display his entire life -- and politics has only exacerbated it. What Trump feels right now could well be radically different than what he feels later today, tomorrow or next month. He views this unpredictability as a major asset -- keeping people on their toes, never sure what they will get from him.