Spouse 1: I found an email on your computer last night inviting you to an orgy! You replied that you’d love it!
Spouse 2: Yeah, but I left after 20 minutes.
The defense rests.
This article in the LATimes addresses the question of what the law is for a campaign to get info from a foreign government. Did Junior break the law? Opinions vary!
But here’s the thing: Besides the odious Uday being there, Manafort was the campaign manager and he was present, and Kushner was present and he’s still the closest advisor to the shitgibbon. It’s pure spin to say that this cannot count as campaign coordination because two of the three now are not part of the administration. They were principals when the meeting occurred.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie leads with amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell telling the Senate that they cannot vacay at Camp Iwannapeepee until they have stripped Americans of their healthcare:
Good Wednesday morning. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL told lawmakers to expect to stay in session through the first two weeks of August. Here what he’d like to see accomplished in the coming weeks, according to several K Streeters: clear executive branch nominations, repeal and replace Obamacare, pass the National Defense Authorization Act, lift the debt ceiling and reauthorize the FDA user-fee structure.
Sure they will.
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios morning email thingie leads with Trump’s Fratsputin, Jared Kushner:
What worries Jared allies are three meetings, all of which he delayed disclosing, with a Russian lawyer (the Don Jr. meeting), banker and diplomat.
The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told NBC News’ Keir Simmons that Kushner left the meeting after seven to 10 minutes of the 20- to 30-minute meeting. And the reddest flag about the meeting (“part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump”) was on the fourth page of the email that Don Jr. forwarded to Jared — subject line, “Russia – Clinton – private and confidential.”
…The view in Kushner’s orbit is that the brutal new revelations are more P.R. problems than legal problems. And if he makes progress with his Middle East peace efforts, perceptions would be very different.
From the White House (assorted tweets because they are official statments now):
“My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!” …”Remember, when you hear the words ‘sources say’ from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist.”
The Fourth Reich leaks like a sieve, sometime authorized to do so and other times not. That said, Comrade Preznint Stupid you freaking moran, your son is the source. He published his emails himself.
Back to Axios which gossips…
President Trump increasingly feels (and knows) that he’s fighting virtually every force in U.S. and global politics — even those who initially wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt or seem friendly.
The only people truly on his side are the 40 percent of voters who continue to cheer his middle finger to the powerful.
All those forces — basically permanent Washington, plus crucial world leaders — are deeply suspicious of Trump, and see an increasing duty to thwart him for moral or practical reasons.
“What goes around, comes around,” said one of Washington’s Republican pillars. “He was very critical of each of those groups. So why are they going to go to the man for him? He has done so many things outside the norms of behavior.”
And we note that The Russian Usurper has not made a public appearance since returning from the disaterous G20 (minus one) meeting when all this broke. As you may have noted, the mango-hued shitgibbon likes to preen in public and usually blames others for his failures or his family’s failures:
“But three people close to the legal team said he had also trained his ire on Marc E. Kasowitz, his longtime lawyer, who is leading the team of private lawyers representing him. Mr. Trump, who often vents about advisers in times of trouble, has grown disillusioned by Mr. Kasowitz’s strategy … The strain, though, exists on both sides. Mr. Kasowitz and his colleagues have been deeply frustrated by the president. And they have complained that Mr. Kushner has been whispering in the president’s ear about the Russia investigations and stories while keeping the lawyers out of the loop, according to another person familiar with the legal team. But one person familiar with Mr. Kasowitz’s thinking said his concerns did not relate to Mr. Kushner. The president’s lawyers view Mr. Kushner as an obstacle and a freelancer more concerned about protecting himself than his father-in-law, the person said. While no ultimatum has been delivered, the lawyers have told colleagues that they cannot keep operating that way, raising the prospect that Mr. Kasowitz may resign.”
In other words, bring me the head of the mailroom clerk.