INDIANAPOLIS – President Trump conducted a sprawling 90 minute presser Wednesday afternoon, basking his his victories, even though he lost the House.

“The election’s over,” Trump said. “Now everybody is in love.” Well, everyone except CNN’s Jim Acosta and NBC’s Peter Alexander who the president assailed and then revoked the former’s credenitials.

President Trump talked of a “a beautiful bipartisan-type situation” as i Nancy Pelosi was the new Kim Jong-Un. “Now we have a much easier path because the Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a plan for whatever they’re looking at, and we’ll negotiate,” Trump said, adding, “From a dealmaking standpoint, we are all much better off the way it turned out” than if the GOP House majority had held.

When pressed on potential Democratic House investigations, Trump suggested that if those were to pop up, he would respond with a “warlike posture.”

Asked if there were any cabinet shakeups in the works with Attorney General Jeff Sessions sitting on a speculation bubble, Trump deflected.

Less than two hours later, Trump tweeted: We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well....”

And with that, the country that turned out in record election numbers to partially reaffirm Trumpism (particularly here in Indiana), while a coming Democratic House will serve as a check and a balance, lurched into a new era.

President Trump suggested he wanted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to continue, or in his words, to “let it go on.” But then he said, “I could fire everybody right now, but I don’t want to stop it because politically I don’t like stopping it.” Then he said, “It’s a disgrace. It should never have been started, because there is no crime.”

Whittaker’s ascension immediately led to rampant speculation that Saturday Night Massacre II was just around the corner.  Appearing on CNN in July 2017 when he became Sessions’s chief of staff, Whittaker suggested that Trump could starve the Mueller probe. “So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment,” Whitaker said, “and that attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.” As for Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein, Whitaker said that Trump should “really try to get Rod to maybe even cut the budget of Bob Mueller and do something a little more stage crafty than the blunt instrument of firing the attorney general and trying to replace him.”

Ahhh, stage crafty.

“The President is absolutely correct,” Whitaker said after Trump recoiled at the idea of Mueller investigating the family finances and the family-run Trump Organization. Since then, Trump attorney/fixer Michael Cohen and CFO Allen Howard Weisselberg have turned state’s evidence. “Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” Whittaker suggested.

Trump should not expect all Republicans to go along with a defanging of Mueller. “I have supported the Mueller investigation from the beginning because we need answers about Russia’s attempts to influence our elections,” U.S. Rep. Jim Banks told HPI Wednesday. “I believe Mueller’s efforts should continue without political interference, but after over a year of investigation and millions of taxpayer dollars spent, I am hopeful that he will provide a report to the American people soon.”

Mueller was lying low during the election sequence. But you’ve got to think the former FBI director had some contingency plans in place in case the president  decided to go proactive on the biggest threat he faces, like sending his investigation report and information to individual states where Trump has no pardon powers.

Perhaps the special counsel’s most serious “stage crafty” days are just around the corner.