Evening Briefing: Everything Is Unraveling For Donald Trump
— After the NYTimes reported last night that tensions were running so hot between Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions — who Trump blames for this whole Russia mess, because he recused himself allowing a special prosecutor to be appointed — we are now learning that the friction is so intense that Sessions apparently offered his resignation to Trump, who ultimately declined it. Sean Spicer, earlier today, also said that he could not speak to whether Trump still had confidence in Sessions.
If for some reason Sessions does resign, or if he is fired, Trump may again have a hell of a time replacing him. He still hasn’t found anyone willing to be FBI Director. He hasn’t replaced his communications director. He has been unable to assemble a legal team to defend him. Also, he hasn’t yet filled a single vacant U.S. Attorney position, after he fired half of the U.S. Attorneys and the other half resigned.
That story, somehow, is not the biggest one this evening. I’m not sure which one is, though. How about:
— The fact that in March, only a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats was asked by Donald Trump — in an empty room, with only CIA Director Mike Pompeo in attendance — if he would intervene with the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn and tell James Comey to back off. Coats — after speaking with associates — decided that it was an inappropriate request. You think? Coats will testify tomorrow before the Senate Intelligence Committee and will be pressed on this matter.
— Meanwhile, the Times is reporting that after Trump met with Comey and asked him to lay off Mike Flynn and the Russia investigation, Comey approached Jeff Sessions and told him that he didn’t want to be left alone with Donald Trump again.
Mr. Comey’s unwillingness to be alone with the president reflected how deeply Mr. Comey distrusted Mr. Trump, who Mr. Comey believed was trying to undermine the F.B.I.’s independence as it conducted a highly sensitive investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, the officials said. By comparison, Mr. Comey met alone at least twice with President Obama.
Comey will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. He is expected to refute any suggestion that he told Donald Trump that he wasn’t under investigation. However, according to CNN, Comey will not say whether Trump committed obstruction of justice; he will lay out the facts and let those who make those determinations decide. Trump is planning to live tweet the entire thing, in case you had any doubt.
— While Comey is testifying, a Pro-Trump PAC will be airing commercials on CNN and Fox News in an attempt to erode Comey’s credibility.
— Earlier today, Donald Trump remarked that he was a little upset that Jared Kushner is “now more famous than me,” a joke. A joke which refers to the fact that Kushner is under investigation for various crimes. Ha ha ha.
Trump remarks that Jared Kushner has "actually become much more famous than me. I'm a little bit upset about that." https://t.co/6ZQKbI0oMU— CNN (@CNN) June 6, 2017
— Trump is also being rightfully accused of violating the Constitution’s First Amendment protections by blocking people on Twitter. A President is not allowed to block speech in a public forum.
— There is also the matter of Eric Trump. According to Forbes, Eric Trump paid the Trump Organization $1.2 million for use of its golf courses for charity events, even though Eric advertised that he received the use of the golf course for free. The Trump Foundation also used Eric’s charity to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization, and did all of this at the behest of Donald Trump, the cheap asshole who personally ordered his company to start billing Eric’s charity.
In Eric Trump’s defense, sort of:
The Eric Trump Foundation has indeed done a lot of good. Not that it forgives the questionable practices, but important to remember. https://t.co/EAkJioogxR— Dan Alexander (@DanAlexander21) June 7, 2017
— Finally, there’s Qatar. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand exactly what’s going on in Qatar. This morning, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen all broke diplomatic ties with Qatar, where the United States has a military base. These countries are also cutting off all land and sea contact with Qatar, and Saudi Arabia is closing its land border with Qatar. Why? Because apparently, Qatar has been secretly been attempting to destabilize the Gulf region and supporting anti-Saudi terrorist groups.
Donald Trump has apparently claimed credit for creating this rift , which seems ill-advised considering that we have 11,000 troops in Qatar. However, the FBI apparently believes that the rift was provoked by a fake news story planted by the Russians.
I don’t really know where that leaves us. Maybe Scully better understands the situation.
"US officials say the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the US and its allies." I don't think we need help with this, thanks. https://t.co/dEFX0Ww0NU— urs (@urs_ski) June 6, 2017
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