The Summary

Ru Paul could help you with the make-up, Cheetoh.

Ru Paul could help you with the make-up, Cheetoh.

The Axios morning email thingy’s first item summarizes where we are at the beginning of today, and it is actually pretty great. Who knows when it will change (it probably already is out of date):

Here’s a twist that has top GOP sources buzzing: On Jan. 26, Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, tells the White House that national security adviser Mike Flynn — who has just been grilled by FBI agents — had, in fact, discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador during the transition, despite denying it, and therefore is vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

Four days later, on Jan. 30, Trump fires Yates, citing her unwillingness to enforce his border order.

Two weeks after her heads-up to the White House, the Flynn secret explodes.

“They had to know she was radioactive, and that there would be consequences,” said a West Wing confidant. “It was either reckless, or totally incompetence. It leads back to the fact that nobody is in charge.”

A top source described “borderline chaos” in the White House.

“Some staff is in survival mode … scared to death,” the source said.

Internal leaks distract a White House. What we’re seeing now is something much more consequential: leaks from throughout the government, plus a host of Obama alumni emptying their clips.

The news eruptions are gaining a Watergate aura — constant, complicated revelations from intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement; White House denials; frenzied competition among the great news organizations.

Chuck Todd said at 5 p.m. on MSNBC (as quoted by Brian Stelter): “Welcome to Day 1 of what is arguably the biggest presidential scandal involving a foreign government since Iran-Contra. … [H]unker down, because this is a Class 5 political hurricane that’s hitting Washington.”

Hours later, first from The New York Times, and then from CNN: “Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign.”

And Trump has known that since the transition, per CNN’s Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez: “President-elect Trump and then-President Barack Obama were both briefed on details of the extensive communications between suspected Russian operatives and people associated with the Trump campaign and the Trump business.”

The Russia connection now becomes a consequential, ongoing story — with not just threads for Dems to pull, but a whole new big ball of yarn.

Axios’s Jonathan Swan reports that Pence’s spokesman, Marc Lotter, said the V.P. only learned of Flynn’s misleading statements from the Washington Post’s story Thursday night.

And Swan reminds us of an overarching unanswered question: “Why did it take so long for the President to request Flynn’s resignation?”

In a twist, Bloomberg’s well-wired Eli Lake takes up for Flynn (and gets a “POLITICAL ASSASSINATION” Drudge banner): “[F]or a White House that has such a casual … relationship with the truth, it’s strange that Flynn’s ‘lie’ to Pence would get him fired. It doesn’t add up. It’s not even clear that Flynn lied.”

So does this change now? An AP overnighter … “For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Trump era,” by Erica Werner: “Rather than go along with Democrats’ call for an independent outside investigation [of Flynn resignation — what Trump knew, and when], Senate Republicans insisted … that the Intelligence Committee could look at the circumstances as part of an existing probe into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.”

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9 Responses to The Summary

  1. moeman says:

    How could would/will it be if Obama (take as long a vacation you need Sir), comes back and offers to be a witness for any investigation. He could even promise to not tweet during said investigation.

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    • roket says:

      According to reliable conservative sources, the former President is going to come out of retirement to lead a protest march of 30K people in [a location yet to be determined] with riots to follow. Presumably all paid for by George Soros. Also, there are at least 35 Radical Islamic Training Camps scattered throughout the country. Can you locate all 35??

      That’s enough to keep the rubes busy for a day or two. Thanks Trump/Russia (either or both)

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  2. Uncle Cracker says:

    …they are already trying to beat to death the talking point that the leaks are the story, not the treasonous activities starting to be revealed. Whomever is leaking, keep going, you are patriots!

    Liked by 2 people

    • osirisopto says:

      Typical republican diversion tactic: accuse the rape victim of disturbing the peace because of their ear shattering screams.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jim says:

        At this point, ordinary, non-political people are getting pissed off by the silent GOP Congress about the absurdity that is the Trump Administration. It’s already derailing their destructive legislative agenda and the ongoing chaos is so obvious that ridiculous attempts at diversion like blaming leakers just have no credibility except with aged Fox viewers.


      • osirisopto says:

        I believe you’re right, Jim. It’s about time.


      • Papa Wheelie says:

        Well, wasn’t it always that way? Yeah, I remember, went something like:
        Little Susie: Mom, brother ate my cookie.
        Mom: Susie, you go to your room for leaking that information.

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  3. HarpoSnarx says:

    I knew they’d overreach but this soon and ineptly? Thank the Maker for hubris.


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