The walls close to "individual number 1"

Just because you're quiet by George H.W. Bush's funeral on Wednesday, Donald Trump was praised by some as one side of the president. Unfortunately, it was again a Groundhog Day in a series of Trumpian Demons. Since then Trump announced the departure of its chief of staff John Kelly. He appointed Heather Nauert, a former spokeswoman for Fox News, to the next UN ambassador, appointed a new Attorney General, William Barr, and was named criminal by his own Justice Department. Lastly, he called Rex Tillerson, his former foreign minister, "stupid as a rock" and "lazy as hell."

Mr. Trump makes the hatch for the second half of his term. It promises to be much stormier than the first one. Robert Mueller, the special advocate, systematically sets his goals, which increasingly appears to be a recommended indictment of Mr. Trump for more than a federal crime. On Friday, "Individual # 1," as Mr. Trump is dubbed in the papers, was implicated in the conviction reports for Michael Cohen, his alienated personal lawyer, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman, in a federal crime.

The submissions have been heavily revised. But even visibly, in November 2015, they established ties between the Russian government and the people around Mr. Trump – eight months before he nominated the Republicans. The chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov once said that Mr. Trump has "more connections to Russia than Aeroflot". Mr. Müller is far from finished. "Individual # 1" also instructed Mr. Cohen to break the federal electoral law in paying hush money to two women.

The looming demise of Mr. Müller's investigation coincides with the democratic takeover of the US House of Representatives, which officially begins in early January. Mr. Trump remains until then fixed on the financing of his border wall. The walls of his presidency, however, are more tangible than those on the Mexican border. Nancy Pelosi, the probable next spokeswoman, will find it very difficult to avoid taking steps to oust her in view of the numerous potential crimes that Mr Müller accumulates. In any event, she will switch to summonsing Mr. Trump's tax assessments, which is likely to trigger a battle in the Supreme Court, hearings on Mr. Trump's alleged violation of the US Constitution's compensation clause, investigations into the Trump's alleged Russian money laundering and its possible consequences back up the presidential family, including his two sons Eric and Donald Junior and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, to testify.

Mr. Trump clearly senses what is coming. On Friday, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told a cable news channel that "the pieces of the mosaic or the puzzle are piecing together". Mr. Trump responded on Twitter by calling the senator "the tail". He also announced that he had been cleared with the latest input from Mr. Miller, and also reiterated his request to stop the "witch hunt". Mr. Barr, his new Attorney-General, considers the executive power of the executive and the powers of special advisers intimidating. Unlike Jeff Sessions, his released predecessor, Mr. Barr, is unlikely to be forced to withdraw from monitoring the Russian investigation. In other words, the walls also close to Mr. Müller.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kelly, the outgoing chief of staff, will leave the White House in disarray. The four-star general has many critics – not least because he has strongly supported the militarization of US Mexico on the border between the US and Mexico and the imprisonment of undocumented children. But he's been trying to sort out Mr. Trump's routine. His success was questionable. Robert Woodward's book "Fear" earlier this year mentions Mr. Kelly, calling Mr. Trump "an idiot." He continued, "There's no point convincing him of anything … We're in the crazy city, I do not even know why one of us is here." Mr. Trump's answer is that the White House staff even if he refuses to seek advice, the question is whether it is too late for such a council to make a big difference.

Edward.Luce@ft.com