It may be “apprentice week” at the White House, but elsewhere it’s still about the Russia investigation.
It’s the Russian cloud that won’t lift: the investigation into Russian interference in the election will be center stage this week.
Evil Racist Elf Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III says that he wants to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to answer questions raised during fired FBI Director James B. Comey’s testimony.
Meanwhile, The Russian Usurper and his drooling minions, fucknuckles, and orcs continue to bark and bleat that Comey’s statements are lies except for the ones that they say vindicated him.
Friday, the Russian Usurper said that he would be 100% willing to testify under oath; on Sunday, an
ambulance-chaser attorney signaled that the Russian Usurper won’t unconditionally cooperate with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
As for the possible Nixonian tapes, well, don’t hold your breath.
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing Axios’ morning email thingie:
The spotlight has been on President Trump’s legal jeopardy. But inside the small circle of top Republicans who advise this White House, there’s increasing concern that future political problems are stacking up.
One of the oldest (and most trusted) hands in America told a large group of CEOs in New York City on Friday: “Simply put, Trump has lost control of his presidency. He still has all the power of the office, but for someone who spent a portion of his life in real estate litigation, he shows once again he has not learned the first rule of legal combat: It is often better to say nothing and do nothing.”
…What Republicans fear: a downward spiral in which the Russia distractions make it harder to pass Trump’s agenda, new talent won’t come into the West Wing, top-shelf potential challengers are reluctant to run as Republicans in 2018, the House flips, and article of impeachment become a real risk.
Of course, ol’ Payola has to do Both Sides:
Be smart: Comey’s failure to deliver a smoking gun has bought Trump some time. But so far, he’s shown no indication that he has a plan — or the will — to use that time to change the course of events.
We now move along to Tiger Beat on the Potomac’s morning email thingie:
THE RANK AND FILE has been frustrated with the House committees, which have not produced a drumbeat of legislation to tout as victories. And the party is deeply split on health-care reform, a tax overhaul and infrastructure spending. Passing a budget to set the groundwork for tax reform is still seen as far off. And the congressional schedule doesn’t leave a lot of time to kick things into high gear. The House is in session for 13 more days and the Senate is in session for 14 more days before the July 4 recess. Not to mention, there’s serious concern in the GOP that there could be more revelations about President Donald Trump, and Robert Mueller’s investigation still remains the wild card. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying Tuesday before the Senate Intel Committee is expected to just add more drama to distract from the GOP agenda into the mix.
Tiger Beat’s conclusion?
WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? Republicans will be less willing to take risks as they shift into political survival mode.
Meanwhile… Tiger Beat buries the lede:
BIG NEWS — “D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath,” by WaPo’s Aaron Davis: “Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.
“The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. … But D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) say Trump has broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests. For one, his son Eric Trump has said the president would continue to receive regular updates about his company’s financial health.
“If a federal judge allows the case to proceed, Racine and Frosh say, one of the first steps will be to demand through the discovery process copies of Trump’s personal tax returns to gauge the extent of his foreign business dealings. That fight would most likely end up before the Supreme Court, the two said, with Trump’s attorneys having to defend why the returns should remain private.”