In an interview with Yahoo News this week, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said that President Trump “is going to go full animal” now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation.

“When I saw no new indictments, I thought, ‘Oh my God,’” Bannon told Yahoo. “They didn’t indict anybody regarding the Flynn investigation, they didn’t indict Don, Jr.! Maybe [Mueller] could have details about obstruction of justice that are not indictable, but are meaningful. But right now, it looks like they have nothing.”

He warned that Trump was going to “come off the chains” and use the Mueller findings to destroy Democrats who have parroted the Russian conspiracy theory for two long years.

“He will use it to bludgeon them,” he predicted.

On Monday, Trump was buoyed by the results of the special counsel’s investigation, but already he’d turned his attention to the hoaxsters and partisans who kept this collusion theory alive for more than two years.

“We can never let this happen to another president again,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there that have done some very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country. Those people will certainly be looked at. I’ve been looking at them for a long time. And I’m saying, why haven’t they been looked at? They lied to Congress. Many of them you know who they are.”

Bannon said that Democrats didn’t have much hope of taking Trump down in 2020, given the outcome of the Mueller’s report. He said he was unimpressed with the current crop of candidates, but he predicted that there may be a surprise entry before all was said and done.

“Unless one of these candidates has broken out on a national basis,” Bannon said, Hillary Clinton will jump into the race. “She’ll look at this field and say, ‘What a nice group of people — and not one of them can beat Donald Trump.’ She’ll say, ‘I’ve learned from my mistakes, I beat him by 3 million, and there’s not one person in this field who can do that.’”

Clinton is already on record saying “I’m not running,” but we have to admit we have our doubts about how concrete that promise is. This is, after all, a woman who lies as often and as easily as most Americans change channels. If she senses an opening, she’s in.

But by that time, with this Russia nonsense in the rearview mirror, Trump may be far too strong for any Democrat to beat.