Mueller knows that once the excrement hits the fan, Don the Con Trump is going to go ballistic and act do predictably unpredictable things. He may issue pardons, he may try to send his SS agents, or the Army, to bust people, he’ll certainly try to fire Mueller and his staff. Most of that is either impossible or can be stopped, and none of it makes sense. But anyone who thinks that those facts will stop Don the Con from getting cute is as dumb as a moldy brick.
I suspect that Mueller sees that the best strategy is to get the penultimate arrests done more or less all at the same time, and to have Federal indictments happen at the same time that state charges are filed. Oh, and yes, there will be parallel state level charges filed where possible, though I suspect some of that will be arranged last minute to keep the number in the know down. The state charges are not on their own that important, but that they are a thing is an important message to send.
The Penultimate arrests will be the likes of Don the Con Junior, They-Went-To-Jared Kushner, maybe a Russian here or there, a couple of other staffers. The ultimate arrest comes later. You know who that is going to be.
Anyway, there will be a point when the penultimate arrests are set to go, and the moves will have to be organized and planned out just right. That will be a moment for the very careful, very professional, Robert Mueller to spend a little extra time dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s (and yes, you can use apostrophes in that case according to the Devagueing Principle).
So, here’s the thing. If I was a senior editor or producer at a major media outlet like the Washington Post or NBC News, I’d have somebody watching key FBI agents and Federal Marshals, and maybe BCI agents in key states. Watch for them to do certain things, like go ice fishing or take a couple of days off to work in the shop or spend a little extra time on the firing range or at the gym. That sort of thing. Things you do to keep yourself busy, relax at a time it is hard to relax, and let some extra slow time go by faster.
Why is that? Because Mueller’s people are going to send the word out like this.
“Next week, soonest, probably eight or ten days.”
“Not before 7 days, anyway.”
“Not in six days or five?”
“No way, not before seven. Probably not even that. Not six, five, or sooner. Guarnteed.”
“OK, got it. I’ve had no time off since before the election. I’m taking four days, do some fishing, maybe work on the ‘Stang, if it’s warm enough.”
“OK, you do that. Expect a call in seven days. Soonest. Probably eight or nine.”
So, when a handful of the most likely agents or cops to participate in a big operation with multiple locations around DC, NY, and Florida seem to be taking a breather, call all the reporters and producers back from vacation and have them all check their batteries and keep the tanks full. The excrement will be hitting the fan, in eight or nine days, tops. Maybe seven.