Not that I planned to write yet another political story today, but with this administration, "Breaking News" has almost lost all meaning. "Hold On Just a Second..." might be a better phrase.
There are two stories just in today from the New York Times and Washington Post.
The Times apparently has a transcript from the Russia meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump tells the Russians that James Comey is a “Nut job” and how “firing him should ease the pressure of the investigation.”
Remarkably and notably, the White House hasn’t denied this. (That may be because the Times is seemingly quoting from a transcript.) What press secretary Sean Spicer did was release a statement with some meaningless gobbled-gook. Sen. Ed Markey happened to be a guest on MSNBC when the story was released, and he pointed out that this report is critical because it confirms in Trump’s own words that he fired Comey to impact the investigation. And the senator pointed out, as well – Why is he telling this to the Russians??!
Another reporter noted that Trump has now called the former FBI Director a “nut job” and Kim Jong Un a “smart cookie.”
The Washington Post story is that apparently the FBI investigation now has a “person of interest” who is a senior official inside the White House. They’re trying to confirm who this is. The only people I can think of are, of course, Mike Flynn – though I don’t know if he counts as being “inside the White House” anymore – and Jerod Kushner. I guess Steve Bannon, though I haven’t heard his name mentioned much in this regard.
Quite a way for Trump to start his foreign trip. Gee, I wonder what he’ll be asked about? Besides, as a former ambassador said on MSNBC, Europe considers Russia a very serious threat and presence.
And Hold On Just a Second...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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