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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is not a firebrand. He is not prone to hyperbole. As a former U.S. attorney and Connecticut's attorney general for 20 years, he is generally a careful public speaker when it comes to legal matters.

So this made me perk up my ears:

“I'm about 99 percent sure there will be some criminal charges from this investigation,” said Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Looks as if Sean Spicer lawyered up just in time!

Blumenthal told Politico that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort have been voted Most Likely to Be Indicted for Financial Crimes, which is not a surprise. But they are only the most prominent names. The senator said that “there may well be others.”

None of this would be particularly newsy if it had not come on the same day that Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) announced he will not run for re-election in 2018. His announcement included this eyebrow-raising statement:

I also believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career.

Corker is head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a time when special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump's ties to Russia and that nation's meddling in the 2016 election. Might he have an inkling of some indictments or other information coming down the pike that he feels he will need to help the nation steer through? Especially if any of those indictments are aimed at the president?

This scenario would certainly fit with Corker's publicly stated opinions of Donald Trump.

Of course, Corker might also be on Trump's side and convinced he needs to protect him. Or he might want to protect the Republican Party, and his final kamikaze mission might be to keep the GOP from getting dragged down with the rest of the administration.

It might also just be a coincidence that both men are talking like this at this particular moment. But it's an intriguing coincidence.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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