-111th Day at a Trump Golf Club
-153rd Day at a Trump Property
-Playing "Into The Hands" of Mueller
-Doesn’t Rule Out 5th Amendment
-$130K Was Just a "Nuisance Pymt"
-More Payoffs May Soon be Revealed
-CIA Nominee Sought to Withdraw
Day 576 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 444 since Donald Trump held a news conference.
Trump’s first and only solo news conference was on February 16, 2017.
What is he afraid of?
Day 217 since the deadliest mass shooting on U.S soil in Las Vegas that killed 58, injured 546 and Congress has taken NO action to prevent future mass shootings. #NeverForget
FBI recorded more active shooting incidents in 2017 than any other year on record.
Day 37 without Trump publicly offering his condolences for Master Sgt. Johnathan Dunbar, the fallen American service member who lost his life after an IED bombing in Syria. Why?
Day 37 Since Hope Hicks left as Trump’s 4th Communications Director after testifying to a Congressional committee that she had told "white lies" on Trump's behalf.
Trump has since been directing all White House messaging and communication.
Day 14 since James Shaw Jr. wrestled a high-powered rifle away from a gunman and tossed it behind the counter as the shooter fled.
Trump still has yet to say anything about the Waffle House hero.
WATCH: Woman accepts diploma on behalf of daughter killed in Waffle House shooting hill.cm/LYeSckQ
"Trump is compiling a record that increases the likelihood that few will believe him during a genuine crisis—say, a dispute over speaking with Robert Mueller... Mr. Trump should worry that Americans will stop believing anything he says." wsj.com/articles/the-s…
An ex-federal law enforcement official says Rosenstein & top FBI officials have come to suspect that some Republican lawmakers were using their oversight authority to gain intel about the Russia investigation so that it could be shared with the W.H. nytimes.com/2018/05/02/us/…
Ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden: Do not serve this president.
“At what point do you stop being a guard rail and become an enabler and a legitimizer?” yahoo.com/news/ex-cia-di…
His uncle was a mob doctor. His partners often ended up on the wrong side of the law. His business deals raised questions. And then he became personal lawyer for Donald Trump. nyti.ms/2FNkEML
Seems legitimate and not at all like a cover for illicit money laundering.
Did Michael Cohen make payments to other women on behalf of the president?
Giuliani: “I have no knowledge of that, but I would think if it was necessary, yes." (via ABC)
Giuliani can't be confident Trump won't invoke the Fifth Amendment if he speaks with Mueller.
"I've got a client who wants to testify... I hope we get a chance to tell him the risk that he's taking." (via ABC)
Trump on the Fifth Amendment in 2016: “The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
Giuliani says he expects Michael Cohen “is going to cooperate” with investigators, then adds “I don’t think they’ll be happy with it.” (via ABC)
Giuliani: “We don’t have to” comply with a potential Mueller subpoena: “He's the President of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have.”
Giuliani: “I never thought $130,000 was a real payment. It’s a nuisance payment… people don't go away for $130,000.” (via ABC)
Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti, with a decidedly Trumpian clapback to Giuliani on ABC: “George, did that interview just happen? I’m not being spoofed, right?...It’s an absolute unmitigated disaster for Rudy Giuliani and the president. It’s a train wreck.”
Remarkable sequence of statements from Trump, his lawyers, and admin officials on what Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels payment and when. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Alan Dershowitz: Trump’s legal team is playing “into the hands” of Mueller’s investigation. nbcnews.com/politics/polit…
Adam Schiff says he’s "a little taken aback" by Rudy Giuliani's strategy, believes Giuliani's public statements "are deeply hurtful to the President's case." (via CNN) snpy.tv/2JTDsfS
Eric Swalwell torches Giuliani for now protecting the kind of people he "used to prosecute"
The usual defense is "I'm innocent."
The Trump defense is "I'm immune."
None of this is normal.
Trump arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA, according to NBC News.
This is Trump's 153rd day at a Trump property and his 111th day at a Trump golf club since taking office at our expense.
Per pool report: "A tipster informed the pool Trump is with his new personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The pool sought confirmation from the White House, but has yet to receive it."
Trump went to his golf club in Sterling, VA.
Trump returned to the White House after spending nearly 5 hours at his Sterling, VA golf club.
The White House is not confirming what Trump did today.
Gina Haspel sought to withdraw her nomination to be CIA Director on Friday after some W.H. officials worried that her role in the interrogation of terrorist suspects could prevent her confirmation. -WaPo
Aides eventually convinced her to stay on. washingtonpost.com/politics/gina-…
It doesn't bode well for how Haspel will handle her Wednesday hearing if she wanted to withdraw after facing tough questions on her role in torture program from the White House.
Some of the most damaging stories about Scott Pruitt have come from gov't documents that journalists & advocates have obtained using the Freedom of Information Act. Now, Pruitt’s aides are screening FOIA requests, slowing the release of information. politi.co/2wjUP7q
Pruitt has walled himself off from all but a few EPA staff as he grows more paranoid. Even Pruitt’s chief of staff barely knows where he is.
"It's absolutely unreal working here. Everyone's miserable. Nobody talks. It's a dry wall prison." -Axios axios.com/scott-pruitt-e…
A press staffer at the EPA attempted to distract from Scott Pruitt’s troubles by planting stories that would reflect poorly on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, The Atlantic reports. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
Ryan Zinke tore up Obama-era rules on oil, gas & mineral extraction and oversaw protected land reductions.
But in his home state of Montana, Zinke halted the sale of oil and gas leases, opposed gold mining and worked to protect a national monument. nytimes.com/2018/04/16/us/…
A Trump-appointed federal bank regulator has floated no longer enforcing lending rules for the poor based on the location of a bank’s branches.
Community groups worry it would reduce incentives for banks to lend in poor areas. wsj.com/articles/shake…
North Korea: US isn't responsible for our decision to denuclearize despite claims that it is.
(Well, there goes Trump’s Nobel)
If McCain could require Trump to read just one book, he says it would be Carl Sandburg's biography of Abraham Lincoln to understand what made his "an extraordinarily wise, decent and crucial presidency." nytimes.com/2018/05/03/boo…
“They spend very little to no time together,” one longtime friend said of Donald and Melania Trump.
WATCH: Stormy Daniels tells SNL's Trump to resign in surprise appearance: "A storm’s a comin’” hill.cm/g7wpas4
No public events for Trump tomorrow, per WH schedule.
Only thing listed is his closed intel briefing before Sanders press briefing.
There are 38 U.S. ambassadorships around the world that remain vacant 15 months into the Trump admin.
Operatives from the Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube used false identities to track & dig up dirt—even sexual blackmail material—on Obama officials behind the Iran deal. Pages of docs & sources close to the effort show how: newyorker.com/news/news-desk…