President Trump has proven he can do a lot of damage—to climate science, ethics rules, Syrian airfields, and the English language—but he has yet to prove he can get much done in Congress. On everything from jobs to taxes to health care, the president’s legislative agenda is not just stalled, it’s evaporating.
On Monday, I predicted Trump would soon begin talking about firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Within hours NewsMax publisher Christopher Ruddy told PBS NewsHour that the president was considering exactly that possibility. On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Trump had genuinely contemplated trying to get rid of the independent counsel, only to have aides talk him out of it.
Under a barrage of questions from Democratic senators, Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied any significant contact with Russian officials during the election, denied that his decision to fire FBI director James Comey had anything to do with the FBI investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials…
If you think the firing of FBI director James Comey set off a storm of protests and nervous backtracking by anxious Republicans, wait and see what happens if Trump actually fires the special counsel now tasked with the Russia investigations, Bob Mueller
“They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government.…It’s not a close call. That happened. That’s about as unfake as you can possibly get. It is very, very serious.”
ISIS took credit for the attacks, which served its goal of stoking sectarian war. Not coincidentally, the attacks also advanced Trump’s goals of escalating U.S. hostility toward Iran.
In prepared remarks released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey gives his account about the events that led to his firing. Comey will deliver the remarks in person on Thursday morning as the curtain rises on one of the most widely anticipated productions of Washington political theater in recent years. […]
The expectation is that James Comey, the former FBI director who has been cleared by special prosecutor Robert Mueller to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, will testify in detail about his meetings in which the president asked him to call off the FBI investigation into Trump’s Russia connections, in a possible obstruction of justice.
President Trump’s original proposal for a $1 trillion infrastructure jobs plan was, in principle, a worthy idea, a practical way to create jobs and improve the country’s highways, bridges, railways, and airports.
“While you were over there, the Secretary [of State Rex Tillerson] criticized the conduct of the Iranian elections. He did so standing next to Saudi officials. How do you characterize Saudi Arabia’s commitment to democracy?
Converging revelations about President Trump’s dealings with Russia are propelling three investigations that seemed stalled and thwarted just a few weeks ago. While speculation that Trump will be impeached because of his Russia dealings is surely premature, so are claims that impeachment is impossible or unlikely.
The president of the United States sets a tone, an example, a style. With Donald Trump, that tone conveys a suffused rage and a violent intolerance that equates questions with insults and disagreement with disloyalty.
The view that President Trump is a menace to safety of the American people is hardly confined to the political left. Senator Jim Corker, a conservative Republican from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, dubbed Trump “the wrecking ball president.”
For President Trump’s admirers, his disregard for the traditional ways of Washington is just his way of getting things done. “To the new president, Washington niceties are cobwebs on a summer porch, distracting, inconvenient, in the way of his higher purposes,” writes Robert Charles on Town Hall.
The budget proposal calls for a net $9.2 billion cut to department spending, or 13.6 percent of the spending level Congress approved last month. It is likely to meet resistance on Capitol Hill because of strong constituencies seeking to protect current funding, ideological opposition to vouchers and criticism of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The surprise appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as an independent counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia came as Washington was already undergoing a sea-change in thinking about President Trump’s future.
The first 55 times House Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare, they were thwarted by President Obama’s veto power. The 56th time came in March when the Republicans controlled all three branches of government for the first time.
Trump’s admission that he fired FBI director James Comey because of the Russian investigation is a frank admission of intent to obstruct justice. Just as his 2016 campaign statements that he intended to ban Muslims are now defeating his travel ban, Trump’s candor about Comey today will have legal consequences tomorrow.
In the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, Democrats called for an independent special prosecutor to take over the ongoing criminal investigation of possible ties between Trump’s entourage and Russian state officials.
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified Monday that she first warned the White House days after President Trump’s inauguration that national security adviser Michael Flynn was “compromised” by misleading statements about his contacts with Russian officials.
The partisan conflict grew more heated. Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.) denounced unnamed officials for criminally leaking classified information. Then he paid a late-night visit to the White House to review classified documents that he said confirmed Trump’s claim. Actually, they didn’t. Nunes’ antics were so egregious, he had to recuse himself from the probe. He was succeeded by Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) from whom little has been heard.
They are, to coin a phrase, “bad hombres.” They are men who order the slaughter of peaceful demonstrators and the roundup of political rivals. They arrest pesky journalists, if they don’t murder them first. They rig elections, if they hold them at all. And they use their office to enrich themselves and their friends, while promising never to retire. They are, in short, the once and future friends of President Donald Trump.
Embracing Duterte is different. The invitation to the Filipino strongman suggests Trump is not bluffing when he talks about taking the law into his own hands. He wants to show Americans that he admires and welcomes leaders who act lawlessly, but “in the right way.” This makes emotional sense for Trump, and thus political sense.
When President Trump mused in an interview with SiriusXM radio that “People don’t ask [the] question, but why was there the Civil War?” the internet choir answered in unison, “because of slavery,” followed by the observation that there are few questions that have been asked more often by historians.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake offered four good reasons why the optics of a $400K Wall Street payday may not play well in Breitbart and Peoria. The Huffington Post reminds us that taking a fat speaking fee is “completely in character” for Obama. Zach Carter notes that the ex-president is the pure product of the Wall Street meritocracy. Too true!