What we know from Trump’s shoddy business history is that he over-learns from past experience, doubling down when he should temper his behavior. What he’s learned from skating on the Mueller investigation is that he’s politically untouchable.
He’s digging in on refusing any cooperation with Congressional oversight. That does several things: allows him, at the very least, to postpone a reckoning on his taxes and other matters, maybe even until after the 2020 election. The battle with Congress allows him to dominate the media cycle. Instead of talking about destructive foreign policies of the Trump administration, or continued Russian hacking, or the lack of anything at all on infrastructure, health care, a new NAFTA agreement, a new agreement with Iran, or immigration reform, we’re all focused on how Trump doesn’t want to cooperate with Congress. Finally, the intransigence gives Trump an enemy around which to whip up the anger of his base. We all know Trump’s chaotic personality thrives in creating external chaos, and chaos feeds the fear and anger of his core supporters. Fear and anger distract them too, from recognizing that on substantive matters that affect their economic interests, Trump has sold them out.
Ever the victim, Trump is resentful because “other presidents with good economies have gotten a pass”. Those of us who oppose him think he got a big pass with the Mueller investigation, but no matter. For Trump, it’s never enough. He really is like a toddler in a perpetual temper tantrum, trying to make the world bend to him.