The landscape for Donald Trump is looking increasingly grim this week.
Not only was he not invited to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, but the January 6 committee hearings return date has been announced and his legal team's bid for a 'special master' to protect him in the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation may have just backfired.
So what does the former POTUS (FPOTUS) do? He mocks Biden and pushes children's books - but that isn't stopping the inevitable.
Trump Mocks where Biden was Seated for the Funeral He Wasn't Even Invited To
Trump took to Truth Social after the Queen's funeral to post an image of where the Bidens were seated during the ceremony, writing, "This is what’s happened to America in just two short years. No respect! However, a good time for our President to get to know the leaders of certain Third World countries. If I were president, they wouldn’t have sat me back there—and our Country would be much different than it is right now!"
Of course - Trump wasn't invited. So his seating was arguably worse. But Trump seemed undeterred by that small detail, "re-truthing" the same image an hour later, adding this time, "In Real Estate, like in Politics and in Life, LOCATION IS EVERYTHING!!!"
January 6 Commitee Hearings are Back, and Subpoenas are Plentiful
The FPOTUS then took to Truth to blast a series of posts about Don Lemon (former CNN anchor), a children's book written by Kash Patel ("The Plot Against the King: 2,000 Mules!") and respond to rumors that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine snubbed him ahead of last weekend's rally.
But it did not distract from the fact that we now have a date for the next January 6 committee hearing - and it's soon.
The hearings will resume September 28, and this time they're bringing a bumper crop of new information obtained through a flurry of subpoenas issued over the past few weeks.
'Special Master' Bid May Have Backfired for Trump
And the news just goes from bad to worse if you're Donald Trump, because a bid by his legal team may have just backfired spectacularly.
Trump's team wanted a "special master" appointed to oversee the sorting and processing of documents seized from his home in Mar-a-Lago, many of which are marked highly classified.
A federal judge appointed by Trump agreed to the assignment of a special master, and both Trump's legal team and the Department of Justice agreed on who it would be.
And then, the special master, US District Court Judge Raymond Dearie, got to work. Dearie requested, "specific information regarding declassification," but Trump's team did not want to provide it.
Dearie will be holding his first hearing today, as Department of Justice and Trump legal team lawyers meet with him to try to argue their case.
If Trump's team hoped that the special master would do nothing but slow things down, it was a miscalculation; Dearie seems determined to adhere to the court's November 30 deadline and has so far been neutral in his efforts.