The Immediate Fallout from the Latest -- Yes, Within the Last 3 Hours -- Damning Trump Scandal
The latest: The NYTimes is reporting (and the Post confirms) that the day after Michael Flynn resigned, Donald Trump asked then FBI Director to end the Flynn investigation.
“I hope you can let this go,” he told Comey, according to a meticulously detailed two-page memo that Comey wrote as soon as the meeting ended.
It’s very rich in detail and hopefully it will come out soon,” the friend of Comey, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Politico. “There are other memos about his meetings too. He wrote down every word Trump said to him as soon as he could.”
And about those memos?
—-> @KenDilanianNBC just reported that Comey "plans to go public" about the memos he kept from his meetings with Trump.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) May 16, 2017
Trump reportedly also told Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence to leave the room before the discussion with Comey, where he also told Comey that reporters should be locked up in prison for publishing leaked information.
The White House, naturally, is flat-out denying the story, but no one in the White House is brave enough to sign the denial.
Congress is beginning to turn. A little.
Senator Angus King — my Senator — is finally using the word “Impeachment.”
In CNN interview just now, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) uses the I-word — "impeachment" — for the first time.— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) May 16, 2017
My other Senator, Susan Collins, had turned on him even before the Comey memo came out. And unlike King (an Independent), Collins is a Republican.
Obstruction of justice is a good phrase to use, too.
At best, Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power. At worst, he has obstructed justice. We must #ProtectOurDemocracy.— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 16, 2017
In fact, “impeachment” and “obstruction of justice” should be the first word out of every Senator’s mouth until Donald Trump is booted from the White House.
Tammy Duckworth’s response, however, is my favorite, so far.
I eagerly await the White House’s 2nd, 5th and 9th explanations for this one https://t.co/XW8s84sVT1— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) May 16, 2017
Meanwhile House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz — who is no longer up for re-election — is asking for the letter.
.@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 16, 2017
More: "I do have the ability to unilaterally issue a subpoena if need be - hopefully if this memo exists they will turn it over voluntarily"— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) May 16, 2017
Chaffetz knows what’s up. Trump’s days are numbered.
Of course, Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr thinks the NYTimes should have to provide it.
What Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr told reporters a few minutes ago, when asked if he'd try to get the Comey memo. pic.twitter.com/oEfnk9VPiO— Elana Schor (@eschor) May 16, 2017
Oh, NOW you stand up, Kinzinger?
These serious allegations effect our nat'l security & they carry very real consequences. It's time for Comey to testify before Congress.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) May 16, 2017
This goes beyond just Trump, too. This goes to Sessions, who is as evil as Trump and competent.
Post reports memo was shared w/ DOJ. If Sessions & Rosenstein knew this when they signed off on his firing, their positions aren't tenable. https://t.co/2Sb7eQtJIU— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 16, 2017
Meanwhile, have you checked Fox News this afternoon?
They’re covering today’s Donald Trump news cycle in the best light imaginable, but even what is essentially state-sponsored coverage doesn’t reflect well on the President. But I’m sure they’ll get a Republican congressman on tonight to clear this all up for Trump.
.@FoxNews reporting on the air now that they can't get a Republican member on the air right now to defend Trump— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) May 16, 2017
Oh, well. Huh. Maybe they should ask Darrell Issa?
I just asked @DarrellIssa abt the Comey news and he flicked me off — literally gave me the middle finger — and kept walking. Said nothing— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) May 16, 2017
Oh wait! They got someone! They got … Karl Rove.
In the meantime, let’s just appreciate the irony that the man who prevented Hillary Clinton from being elected will probably also end up being the man who took down the Trump presidency. I know it all feels like this is going to go on forever, but the worm is starting to turn. I also know that many of you are skeptical of that. Many of you think that the spineless Republicans will never relent, and that we’re stuck in a neverending toxic news cycle. But this is not going to blow over. There was an inflection point in Watergate, too. Republicans defended him fiercely, right up until they didn’t anymore. In a matter of days, there was a sea change. I think we’re in the midst of that sea change now, and the additional Comey memos that will invariably come out should push Republicans over the edge.
See, e.g., this tweet from a GOP Congressman.
If recent allegations are true, they mark the beginning of a new and very sad chapter of scandal and controversy in our country.— Rep. Carlos Curbelo (@RepCurbelo) May 16, 2017
Anyway, this is not over, but for God’s sake, people, take a break. It’s been a rough couple of days. Go bingewatch Master of None. We’ll be here when you get back. I”ll let you know exactly what’s going on in the morning. You don’t need anymore of this in your life at the moment.
Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. pic.twitter.com/8zrEXdvzpY— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) May 16, 2017
Meanwhile, take solace in this:
A senior official in the Trump administration, who previously worked on the president’s campaign, offered a candid and brief assessment of the fallout from that string of bad press: “I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely fucked.”