The Friday Night firing of Geoffrey Berman continues to be in the headlines 4 days later, instead of quietly lobbed over the transom window as planned. Now you’d think that before pulling the trigger, they would have done just a modest bit of prep work, like have an alibi, or at least a pretense, or even all the parties would have a unified story. These mooks couldn’t even blurt out that the dog ate their homework, and if pressed would argue about the existence of a dog, or of the homework.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
YOU’RE FIRED — President Donald Trump kicked up a firestorm this weekend for ousting Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who was looking into some of his associates. But now Trump’s getting cover from a predictable source: congressional Republicans.
The GOP was quick to rally around Trump. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the move was “inartful” but not wrong; Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said “these people all serve at the pleasure of the president”; and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) lamented that the attention around the entire incident is a “sideshow.” More from Andrew on how the GOP is defending Trump: https://politi.co/2V9SJkq.
But Democrats are planning to keep the heat on the Trump administration. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is even preparing to issue a subpoena for Attorney General William Barr’s testimony, Axios reports, even though Barr is sure to contest it. The attorney general — who was involved in Berman’s ouster — has rebuffed previous efforts to come before Congress, but Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Democrats that Barr plans to testify after the coronavirus crisis. The deets from Alayna Treene: https://bit.ly/2YZ3nvH.
The subpoena backstory: Nadler and Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the decision to issue a subpoena over the weekend — a move that surprised even Democrats on the Judiciary Committee who had been pleading their case for more aggressive action. During a tense staff call yesterday, Nadler’s team gave no indication that they were preparing a subpoena.
Some Democrats, however, are privately questioning whether Nadler will go through with the subpoena if Barr doesn’t voluntarily show up to testify. As my colleagues point out, this entire episode — the intense scrutiny, the lack of communication, and the split in the caucus — is reminiscent of Democrats’ impeachment fight last fall. All the latest from Kyle, Heather and Sarah: https://politi.co/37VvLTx.
I have no idea how this is going to play out, but it is not going away soon. The 4th Reich is a wonder, how they could get that much criminal incompetence in a 5-pound back is beyond my imagination.