Over the course of today there was a rush of nugget-sized revelations about the Trump/Russia investigation. Overnight there was news that FBI Director Christopher Wray had threatened to resign. Then we learned that Jeff Sessions had sat for an extended interview with Robert Mueller’s investigators. A bit later we learned that James Comey was interviewed last year. None of these revelations was that big in itself. But there were enough of them (including others not mentioned here) that we put together a round up of these little pops of information just to help keep track. By the end of the day though the different nuggets began to fit together, not as a scattershot of discrete revelations but several parts of a unified whole.
The New York Times just reported that former FBI Director James Comey sat for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller last year, focused on memos Comey wrote about his interactions with President Donald Trump.
And that’s not all. We’ve seen a number of new developments on the Trump-Russia probe over the course of the day. Here’s a brief roundup of today’s revelations so far.
As I’ve noted a bunch of times, the NRA’s ties to Russia and Russian government officials – notwithstanding good reporting on the topic from a number of outlets – remain wildly under-covered and too little understood. Allegra Kirkland’s write-up here is a key read and nicely illustrates the run-around the NRA is giving reporters trying to get any information about these accusations of Russia funneling money to the Trump campaign. It’s a big red flag. I think there’s something there.
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As I argued below, being in the minority is difficult. You have no power. Fights take a long time. The worst thing Democrats can do is fall into the old pattern of garment-rending and self-flagellation. But let’s look at a poll result just released about who gets the blame. It’s highly revealing on a number of levels.
Meet Brandon Griesemer, the 19 year old Michigan man who I referred to in the post below. He lives in suburban Detroit and made a series of calls to CNN headquarters in Atlanta threatening mass murder as payback for “fake news.” “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. Fuck you, fuckin’ ni****rs.”
Here are the key passages from the FBI affidavit tied to his arrest.
It’s amazing how quickly conventional wisdom can congeal. It’s even more amazing when it plays to Democrats’ habit of garment-rending and self-flagellation. This morning I read this in the lede of The Washington Post‘s Daily 202.
Seven takeaways from the failed Democratic government shutdown: The Resistance will struggle when it tries to replicate the tactics of the tea party movement. The left learned with its failed shutdown gambit that it cannot beat President Trump by copying the same playbook that the right used against Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
We are on genuinely untrodden territory with a faction of House Republicans working to discredit federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies because they are investigating the President and finding damning information about him and his 2016 campaign. As you’ve likely heard, Rep. Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House intel committee had his staff write this “memo” which allegedly presents evidence of intelligence and law enforcement wrongdoing during the 2016 presidential campaign – basically “deep state” plotting against candidate Donald Trump.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s Republican-drawn congressional map “clearly, plainly, and palpably” violates the state’s constitution, and must be redrawn.
Assuming the ruling stands, the most important effect will be political: it almost certainly will increase the number of seats Democrats win in November, boosting the party’s chances of winning control of Congress.
Let me share a little background on news that the FBI is now examining whether Russians funneled millions of dollars to the NRA in 2016 to support Donald Trump. It seems highly likely that that is actually the Mueller probe, not just “the FBI”. But the sourcing of the original report seems to have made it impossible to prove that connection. It is difficult to overstate how much smoke there has been about this going back a year. If there was proof we’d know about it. But even very specific dollar amounts – $30 million – were being floated around even prior to Trump’s inauguration.