Good morning, Scissorheads!
Happy Birthday to Hair Führer, from the WaPo:
Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say
“The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said. …
“Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI. …
“The White House now refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. ‘The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,’ said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.”
And of course a lot of introspection from the Village and the Villagers when Rep Steve Scalise was shot yesterday. Eiron, the goddess of Irony gave us an object lesson: later that afternoon, Wingnuttia was scheduled to vote on a bill to loosen gun laws.
ZEGS of course made Eiron laugh so hard she farted: “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing at Axios morning email thingie gives us the hot dish:
Per Axios’ Jonathan Swan: “Most everyone in this town is just rattled. … The dark secret on the Hill is that members and their staffs often think about how easy it would be for a madman to take them out.”
“On the right, I’ve heard a lot of frustration about the media. The refrain I hear is that when it’s a conservative who shoots, then their political hero has to answer for it.”
An email from a Republican lobbyist reflects that mindset: “Until both sides admit they’ve made things worse, this will never get better. Both sides need to admit they can do better before anything will get better.”
“Many GOP believe that Republicans are held to different standard when it comes to gun control. The conversation would be so different if the Dem practice was hit by a Ted Cruz supporter.”
The bottom line: Representative Scalise remained in critical condition last night, and doctors said he will require additional operations. Washington, too, has a long road to healing.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us the reaction:
THE VENEER, SHATTERED. Members of Congress have long thought of Washington as a safe space, of sorts. Sure, they engage in heated rhetoric in the Capitol, waging partisan war from early in the morning until late at night. But their life in Washington is quite sheltered: they exercise in a members-only gym. Many of them sleep in their offices in the Capitol complex. They eat and drink together at partisan social clubs. But we’re hearing a refrain we first heard in 2011, when Gabby Giffords was shot: we’re sitting ducks.
And the NYTimes gets the quote of the day:
Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), who was standing at home plate when a gunman said to be upset over Trump’s election began shooting Republican lawmakers: “He was hunting us at that point.”
To which we reply,