So let’s sink into our morning cup of stupid and see what’s goin’ on:
I think we have another example of Cleek’s Law
“A majority of voters say it was ‘inappropriate’ for President Donald Trump to share highly classified information with Russian officials, according to a new poll released Friday. And a plurality of voters — 41 percent — say Trump’s disclosure means they are ‘not confident at all’ in the president’s ability to handle highly classified material.
“Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed in a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll disapproved of the president’s decision to divulge sensitive materials to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last week. Only 22 percent of those polled deemed Trump’s actions ‘appropriate,’ while 20 percent remained undecided.”
If you do the math, that 22+20 = Trump’s base number, approximately. Cleek wins again!
And now a view from Trump’s paymasters:
Trump’s presidency appears hijacked by the U.S. obsession with Russia, one senior Kremlin official said. Four months into his term, after an election victory greeted with euphoria in Moscow, his fate looks increasingly uncertain to Kremlin policy makers, two other people familiar with the matter said. All asked not to be identified discussing internal issues.
So Russia is worried about their return-on-investment?
Open Mic Night at the GOP’s Kremlin Komedy Klub:
Hey guys, you know that funny joke that dim bulb Kevin McCarthy made to the Republican Caucus that he and ZEGS told everyone it was off-the-record afterwards and they denied saying until the WaPo said that they had audio, and no one was laughing? You know the joke about how Trump is on his BFF Vlad’s Payroll? There was another guy McCarthy named as being on the payroll, who was it?
“The congressman, Dana Rohrabacher of California, has been known for years as one of Moscow’s biggest defenders in Washington and as a vocal opponent of American economic sanctions against Russia. He claims to have lost a drunken arm-wrestling match with the current Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, in the 1990s. He is one of President Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill. …
“In a secure room at the Capitol, an F.B.I. agent told Mr. Rohrabacher in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him as an ‘agent of influence’ — someone the Russian government might be able to use to steer Washington policy-making, former officials said.”
That was quite a joke, Kevin!
Saddled with steep legal bills, Flynn wanted to reconnect with old friends and talk about potential future business opportunities. But one overriding question among those present were his views on the president who had fired him from his national security advisor post.
Flynn left little doubt about the answer. Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump; he indicated that he and the president were still in communication. “I just got a message from the president to stay strong,” Flynn said after the meal was over, according to two sources who are close to Flynn and are familiar with the conversation, which took place on April 25.
Does anyone know if that counts as more obstruction? You know, witness tampering? Asking for a friend.
Trump doesn’t just hope that Flynn will beat the rap. Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI’s investigation in Flynn’s favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity—a scenario some of Trump’s closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen. Those sources said Trump didn’t believe Flynn should be under investigation in the first place. ‘Trump feels really, really, really bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back,’ said one White House official.
Moving to FBI HQs, we learn about that time it was curtains for Comey:
… The first incident he told me about was the infamous ‘hug’ from Trump after the inauguration: The hug took place at a White House meeting to which Trump had invited law enforcement leadership to thank them for their role in the inauguration.
Comey described really not wanting to go to that meeting, for the same reason he later did not want to go to the private dinner with Trump: the FBI director should be always at arm’s length from the President, in his view. … [A]s he told me the story, he tried hard to blend into the background and avoid any one-on-one interaction. He was wearing a blue blazer and noticed that the drapes were blue. So he stood in the back, right in front of the drapes, hoping Trump wouldn’t notice him camouflaged against the wall. … Comey was disgusted. He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him.
…which explains the curtain memes today.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) sees a pattern:
We are beginning to sense a trend with THE WHITE HOUSE: they oftentimes act as if politicians are completely consistent in their views. For example, the president seemed convinced dismissing James Comey would be popular with both parties, just because Democrats criticized him during the campaign. And now, they seem to think, just because Joe Lieberman was a Senate Democrat (at one point), the entire caucus would vote to confirm him as FBI director. (Don’t feel bad, guys. We kind of thought so too.) Lieberman is the leading contender, according to the White House.
FBI Director Traitor Joe:
— SENIOR DEMOCRATIC AIDE: STAY WHERE YOU ARE, JOE: “Anyone who thinks Senate Democrats are going to welcome a Lieberman nomination with open arms doesn’t understand Senate Democrats. This is the worst possible time to hand the FBI over to a politician of any stripe, let alone one whose judgment led him to praise the hiring of General Flynn for National Security Adviser. If the White House is spoiling for a fight on this, they’ll get one.”
And a moment of clarity:
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 18, 2017