Yesterday (April 3) was a pretty fantastic day for us in the Rebel Alliance and a pretty bad day for Emperor Stupid. In a single day, the Dims demanded President Stupid’s tax returns for six years, moved to get a decade’s worth of his bidness’ financial records and prepared to issue a subpoena for the full Mueller report and the reams of evidence to support it from the strategic hire AG Bill Barr.
We imagine Prznint stupid frantically attacking the clicker trying to find a friendly teevee show to tell him how great he is. Say, maybe to cheer himself up, he plays his tapes of his inauguration! Say, what WSJ?
“The House Intelligence Committee is seeking an interview with and documents from a top organizer on President Trump’s inaugural committee, according to people familiar with the request, signaling that Congress is expanding its probe of how the fund raised and spent more than $100 million. The March 19 request from the House Intelligence Committee was disclosed in a letter sent to a lawyer for the inaugural committee this week by an attorney for Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to first lady Melania Trump who served as a producer and a vendor for the inauguration. …
“The House Intelligence Committee sought from Ms. Wolkoff an array of materials, including matters related to contacts between the inaugural fund and foreign entities, specifically in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates … The committee also requested information on efforts by foreign entities to provide gifts or things of value to Mr. Trump, as well as his son-in-law and daughter, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and their affiliated businesses.”
Let’s put some whip cream on top!
According to the NYTimes, some of Mr. Muller’s 40+ team are saying that strategic hire Bill Barr’s 4-page summary didn’t do their findings justice (see what I did there?) and are hinting that the report is much more damning than his cribbed notes:
“Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.
“At stake in the dispute — the first evidence of tension between Mr. Barr and the special counsel’s office — is who shapes the public’s initial understanding of one of the most consequential government investigations in American history. Some members of Mr. Mueller’s team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel’s findings, Americans’ views will have hardened before the investigation’s conclusions become public. …
“The officials and others interviewed declined to flesh out why some of the special counsel’s investigators viewed their findings as potentially more damaging for the president than Mr. Barr explained, although the report is believed to examine Mr. Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation.
“It was unclear how much discussion Mr. Mueller and his investigators had with senior Justice Department officials about how their findings would be made public. It was also unclear how widespread the vexation is among the special counsel team, which included 19 lawyers, about 40 F.B.I. agents and other personnel.”
Oh, you want the link to the article? Here it is in the form of the page A-1 headline:
And now, a cherry!
“‘It was much more acute than Barr suggested,’ said one person, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the subject’s sensitivity. …
“Some members of the office were particularly disappointed that Barr did not release summary information the special counsel team had prepared, according to two people familiar with their reactions. ‘There was immediate displeasure from the team when they saw how the attorney general had characterized their work instead,’ according one U.S. official briefed on the matter.”
Why, it’s enough to make a man seek his Fratsputin for advice.
“The senior White House official whose security clearance was denied last year because of concerns about foreign influence, private business interests and personal conduct is presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to people familiar with documents and testimony provided to the House Oversight Committee.
“Kushner was identified only as ‘Senior White House Official 1’ in committee documents released this week describing the testimony of Tricia Newbold, a whistleblower in the White House’s personnel security office who said she and another career employee determined that Kushner had too many ‘significant disqualifying factors’ to receive a clearance. Their decision was overruled by Carl Kline, the political appointee who then headed the office, according to Newbold’s interview with committee staff.”
And I think that’s the state of play as we start our day.