Day 541 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction to a coalition of states seeking to block a Texas-based company from posting online blueprints for how to make 3D-printed guns. m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/…
North Korean official Kim Yong Chol sent a secret letter to Pompeo that caused Trump to cancel Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang
The US is now 'worse off' on North Korea than it was before the Trump-Kim summit, expert says.
Trump has complained to advisers about Cohen, saying he can't trust anyone. He's been distracted in meetings, polling staff about legal developments, WaPo reports.
"The whole reason he is freaking out is, he can't get rid of any of this." washingtonpost.com/politics/he-ca…
After the Cohen plea, White House advisers discussed inviting Trump’s NYC business friends to the White House to stage an “intervention” with Trump before he destroys himself.
Trump lawyers have come up with a defense that would have him admit to years of affairs and hush payments to argue $$ for Daniels and McDougal was normal and a not campaign expense. Trump won’t admit to infidelity though, sources said.
Stormy Daniels says that she'll "happily testify under oath" to Congress about her allegations against Trump to "prove my story is true." mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/s…
This morning the flag was back at full staff atop White House.
Trump did not issue a proclamation on the death of @SenJohnMcCain, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment, which is Sunday.
Manafort saw managing the 2008 Republican Convention as almost a birthright.
But McCain denied him the job.
He couldn’t abide Manafort's pro-Russian clients—and told him so, a rejection that sent Manafort into a fit of rage. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
A Russian charged with hacking LinkedIn is of 'great interest' in a U.S. election interference investigation, a Justice Department official says. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
U.S., Mexico reach partial agreement to resolve trade conflict, a step towards a NAFTA deal.
LOL. Here's video of Trump when he tried to get the President of Mexico on speakerphone. (via CBS)
Supremely awkward oval office moment with the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song:
Trump announces trade 'understanding' with Mexico that could lead to overhaul of NAFTA
Reminiscent of the North Korea "deal".
"A hug from you would be very nice," Trump tells the president of Mexico as he concludes speakerphone call to announce trade deal.
No mention of Mexico paying for "the wall".
So the NAFTA letter goes to Congress on Friday, then a 90-day clock starts ticking, then... So, let's not pretend NAFTA is gone — especially because Trump unilaterally CANNOT strike any brand-new deal without Congressional OK.
(Don't believe me? How's TPP doing?)
President of Mexico seems to suggest that he doesn't intend to sign a bilateral agreement w/ the U.S. - but rather that he expects the breakthrough in Mexico portion of the talks to be part of a full re-negotiated deal between U.S., Mexico & CANADA.
After the conference call, Trump welcomed the President of Kenya.
Trump again did not respond to repeated questions about McCain when he stopped at the Rose Garden or in the Oval Office.
American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan letter to Trump:
"I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through his internment."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nation's top official overseeing student loans resigns, citing White House hostility to protecting borrowers.
AP obtained the resignation letter of the top student loan officer, addressed to Mulvaney.
"The damage you've done to the Bureau betrays these families & sacrifices the financial futures of millions of Americans in communities across the country."
VF reports that Trump continues to raise the possibility of a Manafort pardon, which Don McGahn is against.
Trump has told people he's considering bringing in a new lawyer if McGahn won't draft a pardon. "He really at this point does not care." vanityfair.com/news/2018/08/d…
Trump "spent the weekend calling people and screaming," one former White House official tells VF. According to sources, Trump feels cornered with no clear way out. vanityfair.com/news/2018/08/d…
Paul Manafort's defense team held talks with prosecutors to discuss a possible plea deal ahead of his 2nd trial.
But the talks stalled over issued rasised by Mueller, WSJ reports. wsj.com/articles/manaf…
Roger Stone says that someone has told Ronan Farrow/The New Yorker that he told Trump about the Wikileaks email dump head of time and exactly what would be in it. He denies the allegations.
The Kushner family real estate company has been fined $210,000 by New York City regulators following an Associated Press investigation that showed it routinely filed false documents.
GSA IG report details White House involvement in FBI headquarters decision. washingtonpost.com/business/2018/…
Today we learned:
1) Trump is mulling firing Sessions after midterms b/c he failed to protect him from probe
2) Trump is mulling a Manafort pardon
These caused barely a ripple.
Trump's authoritarian musings are now seen as routine:
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Fascinating read from 2017 that has new relevance in light of the upcoming midterms: Congress has the power to obtain Trump's tax returns and reveal them to the public without his consent, including returns under audit.
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
“By day’s end, it had become clear that in his stubborn defiance of protocol, the president had single-handedly turned the death of McCain into yet another political firestorm that was all about Trump.” washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne, in JOKER. Sources telling me in this version T. Wayne is a cheesy, tanned businessman a la 1980s Trump. hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/al…
An Interior Department official who oversaw last year's drive to shrink two massive national monuments in Utah has left the department to join BP's government affairs team, a spokesman for the energy giant confirmed to WaPo.