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Evening Briefing: Trump Throws Sessions Under the Bus; John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 19, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 19, 2017 |

Just terrible news to report here: John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. I’m not sure what the prognosis is, but Sanjay Gupta said that it was the same aggressive type of brain cancer that took the life of Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden. But McCain is a tough son of a bitch, so if anyone can survive it, it’s him.

We hope for a speedy and successful recovery. We give him a lot of shit for his politics, but I’ve got nothing but respect for the Senator.

Here’s a lovely statement from his daughter:


Meanwhile, Donald Trump gave the NYTimes an interview today, and I have no idea what compels him to say the dumb, self-damaging things that he does, but he has done it again.

“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he added. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”

Trump also spoke critically of Sessions’ testimony during his Senate confirmation hearings. “Jeff Sessions gave some bad answers. He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t.”


He also suggested James Comey brought up the Steele dossier as leverage to keep his job, which sounds like a hot load of bullshit.

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Trump also raised a huge red flag for Robert Mueller by suggesting the special prosecutor stay the hell away from his finances, or he may get fired:

Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest and warned investigators against delving into matters too far afield from Russia. Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office.

Additionally, he criticized the acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe, as well as Rod Rosenstein. The interview, by the way, was given right after he essentially threatened Senator Dean Heller’s job:

The President is just making friends left and right, ain’t he?

Also, Don Jr. and Paul Manafort will testify before the Senate Judiciary committee next Wednesday, and Jared Kushner will testify behind closed doors on Monday as part of the Russian probe.

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One last note: Earlier today, Katy Tur basically got Kris Kolbach to admit, if the votes for Hillary Clinton are in doubt, then so are the votes for Donald Trump. “So is our democratic process completely broken?”

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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