A new hire (again) and another controversy

After dumping John Bolton recently, Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien, the US hostage negotiator, his new national security adviser. ” He will do a great job!” Trump tweeted as he did for every hire.

Speaking to reporters, Trump said “Robert O’Brien said, ‘Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator in history.’ He happens to be right,” Trump said. “We are 38-0. 38-0, ask Robert.” I’m sure reporters were scratching their heads collectively. There is a score? Name those hostages.

Trump personally dispatched O’Brien to help free US rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish prison earlier this year. Trump is including him in that ridiculous count. But the rapper wasn’t a hostage from [say] a terrorist organization.

A communication supposedly between Trump and a foreign leader prompted a whistleblower complaint that is now at the center of a dispute between the Director of National Intelligence and Congress. An official in the American intelligence community was so bothered by a “promise” Trump made to a foreign leader that the official filed a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general of the intelligence community.

The White House and the Justice Department have advised Office of the Director of National Intelligence that the controversial complaint is outside intelligence activities as covered by laws governing intelligence whistleblowers. So far, the director of national intelligence has not allowed lawmakers access to the complaint.

Trump called the story “ridiculous” and described the whistleblower as partisan [blaming “the Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners”] and reiterated that his conversations with foreign leaders are appropriate. So he’s above the law.

Unknown if the complaint involves Trump, but Trump always assume he’s involved. By law, the Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, was supposed to turn over the complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees within a week. He has not done so.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff that he does not know the exact nature of the complaint, as he has not yet received the details from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, nor does he know the whistleblower’s identity. He also said that his committee may use legal action to get access to a whistleblower complaint involving Trump’s communications with a foreign leader. Schiff and other congressional Democrats are growing more and more agitated with the White House and Maguire, who have blocked their access to the complaint.

After a supposedly Iranian back attack on a Saudi Arabian oil plant, Trump tweeted that the US is “locked and loaded” and is thinking of attacking the Iranians or their backers. What’s wrong with this picture? Well on more than one occasion, Trump said if other countries want the US’s help then they need to pay for their services. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s military budget is at least 6 times that of Iran. I think they can afford to do their own bombing. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility. Trump has since lowered the rhetoric.

After the attack, Sen. Lindsey Graham added the following to his comments “The measured response by President @realDonaldTrump regarding the shooting down of an American drone [earlier this summer] was clearly seen by the Iranian regime as a sign of weakness.” Trump responded with “a sign of strength.”

Trump refused to strike Iran with a military option but instead apply more sanctions against Iran. Critics point out that there isn’t much left to sanction. Trump is also worried that he doesn’t want a military conflict so close to the next election. He also wanted to wait for a final intelligence report. Yet, he hasn’t trusted his intelligence departments previously. So why now.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “…anytime you have an act of war of this nature, there’s always risk that that could happen. … This is an attack of a scale we’ve just not seen before.”

Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, appearing before the House Judiciary Committee in the panel’s first official “impeachment hearing,” refused to answer key questions about potential obstruction by Trump and repeatedly argued with Democrats. He slamming committee Democrats, criticizing Obama-era intelligence officials, praising Trump’s successful presidential campaign and jabbing at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He denied collusion with Russia but avoided commenting on the obstruction issue.

To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month during a rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Trump said about Steve Cortes, a CNN contributor and Trump’s brand of conservative: “He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do.”

Trump added “Nobody loves the Hispanics more. Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics? He says the country. I don’t know. I may have to go for the Hispanics, to be honest with you. We got a lot of Hispanics. We love our Hispanics. Get out and vote.”

As Trump will visit the UN, many of his fellow world leaders will be participating in a summit meant to address climate change. Not him. He is chairing his own session focused on worldwide religious persecution. Not every country in the UN was invited, and Trump probably wouldn’t have been asked to speak even if he wanted to. Other countries that rely on coal, like Japan and Australia, may also be excluded. But some key US allies like Germany, the United Kingdom and France are expected to participate.

The US will send a principal deputy assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs. Yes. Not even someone higher like the head of the EPA. During the G7 summit in France, Trump skipped a session focused on climate change that all the other world leaders attended. Trump aides are characterizing as the centerpiece of his visit to the UN. An official said “The Secretary-General will be participating in the religious freedom event.”

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to revoke California’s authority to set vehicle emission standards. Trump administration will find the EPA previously acted unlawfully by granting the state a waiver from the Clean Air Act and allowing it to develop stricter standards than those of the federal government. About a dozen states have adopted California’s standards.

As part of the “purge” at the Department of Homeland Security, general counsel John Mitnick has been fired. This is an ongoing clean up when ousting of former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was dumped in April. Acting public affairs assistant secretary Andrew Meehan announced his departure, along with at least two other officials from DHS.

At a rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Trump said:

  • Trump repeated his claim that a “Google executive,” someone who “worked at Google,” reported that Google bias may have cost Trump up to 10 million votes in the 2016 election. – Except that flawed study was conducted by a psychologist, not a Google employee or executive.
  • He said the Democrats have an agenda of “open borders.” – Except they don’t. On the record saying that.
  • He boasted that he was the one who got the Veterans Choice health care program passed. But I’m good at getting things.” – Except the program was created in 2014 in a bill signed by President Barack Obama.
  • He said his border wall is being built “fast.” – Except as of the end of August, zero additional miles had been built during Trump’s term; 60 miles of replacement barriers had been built. (Trump has argued that these replacement projects should count as his wall.) He said of his USMCA trade agreement, “Unions love it.” – Except the president of the AFL-CIO federation says it will be a “disaster for workers” if it is not amended. Other unions generally are in agreement with the AFL-CIO.
  • He said the Mueller investigation cost “$40 million.” – Except the final total was $32 million, and the government is expected to recoup about $17 million from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a result of Mueller’s convictions.
  • Trump said, “We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. – Except the Republicans will always do that.” Except the Republicans are now trying to get the courts to declare Obamacare void, without a plan to replace those pre-existing protections if their lawsuit succeeds.
  • He suggested that the Democrats’ Green New Deal proposal would require people to have no more than “a single car,” and would prohibit people from driving “more than 162 miles.” – Except the Green New Deal resolution does not include any restrictions on the number of cars people can own or how far they can drive.
  • He said the US has the “cleanest air that we’ve ever had in this country.” – Except by several measures, US air was cleaner under Obama than it’s been under Trump. There were more “unhealthy air days” for sensitive groups in 2018 than in 2016.
  • He said Asian American unemployment numbers are the best in history. – Except the unemployment rate for Asian Americans did briefly fall to a record low under Trump, but it is now slightly higher than it was in Obama’s last month in office.
  • He said that, before the 2016 election, Cubans in Miami “gave me the Bay of Pigs award. Can you imagine, right? The Bay of Pigs award.” – Except Trump got an endorsement from the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, not an award. Oink!

Trump is suing his long-time accounting firm Mazars USA and New York district attorney Cyrus Vance to attempt to stop his accounting records and tax returns from being sent to the local prosecutor.

Speaking at a town hall at the Carter Center in Atlanta, former President Jimmy Carter made his feelings known on a Donald Trump victory in 2020, saying if Trump were reelected for a second term it would be ” a disaster to have four more years of Trump.” Expect Trump to respond in his usual way.

The White House plans to withdraw the nomination of Jeff Byard, Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seven months after he was nominated to the position. Instead, Trump is expected to nominate acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor – who is the agency’s confirmed deputy administrator.

On a somber day, Trump does what he does best

[Or not.]

9/11 continues to be a day of remembrance for Americans but that’s not as much of the case for Donald Trump.

“If it weren’t for the never ending Fake News about me, and with all that I have done (more than any other President in the first 2 1/2 years!), I would be leading the “Partners” of the LameStream Media by 20 points. Sorry, but true!” He tweeted that just 27 minutes before the first airplane hit New York 18 years ago.

[And for the 100th time, there is no way to confirm that he has done more than any other President within the first 2.5 years. You know it is a #FakeFact by him.]

He also tweeted ” In a hypothetical poll, done by one of the worst pollsters of them all, the Amazon Washington Post/ABC, which predicted I would lose to Crooked Hillary by 15 points (how did that work out?), Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas and virtually all others would beat me in the General Election….” Don’t think it was 15 points.

Outside of an image the only thing he tweeted about 9/11 was that he would speak at the Pentagon.

Trump remembered the victims, first responders and U.S. troops who have battled in Afghanistan. “For the families who join us, this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss,” Trump said. He then ruined things by adding “If anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit.”

Trump also made statement on how he helped but some of Trump’s statements about his 9/11 experiences cannot be verified, including claims that he sent construction crews to help clear the site, that he had “hundreds” of friends die at ground zero and that he witnessed television coverage of Muslims in the US cheering the destruction. This isn’t surprising.

President George W. Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was in his Pentagon office when the plane hit the building, held a separate private wreath-laying several hours later at the Pentagon. A snub maybe?

Trump claimed that he would host a secret meeting at Camp David with leaders of the Taliban and the President of Afghanistan. There was an agreement in “principle” and would require Trump’s approval. Trump then tweeted that he scrapped the meeting after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier.

Trump said the US has made “a lot of progress” toward ending the war in Afghanistan in negotiations with the Taliban in recent weeks and made clear his disdain for the US’ ongoing military presence in Afghanistan. But he also claimed “I could win Afghan war in a week”. Sure Donnie. Why don’t you try that except most allies would object because there would be many civilian and US casualties.

Critics, including in within “his” party, wonder how he can invite the enemy so close to 9/11 to Camp David.

Even opposition from within his own national security team, including Vice President Mike Pence, could not deter Trump from pressing forward with his plan to host Taliban leaders at the rural presidential getaway.

Trump tweeted that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign, saying “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation…”

Bolton tweeted minutes after Trump’s announcement, “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.'”

The tweet came just one hour after the White House press office said Bolton was scheduled to appear at a press briefing alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Bolton clashed with Trump over a number of issues including inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David, Venezuela and North Korean issues.

Trump supposedly had received multiple phone calls and appeals to replace Bolton with someone who agreed with him more and was willing to follow through with his decisions when he didn’t. So what’s the point of having an advisor? Can’t always agree with your boss.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch “Moscow Mitch” McConnell has said that any federal election security mandates would trample on states’ rights to run their own elections. In an impassioned 25-minute Senate floor speech recently, he claimed Democrats’ real goal was “nationalizing election authorities” and that they were pushing for “partisan wish list items that would not actually make our elections any safer.”

Some are saying he doesn’t want to potentially anger Trump – who still contends that Russia didn’t interfere in the 2016 election even though the government intelligence community said they did. It would make his 2016 less legitimate.

Trump said that the United States needs to be “careful” in making sure everyone entering the country from the Bahamas has proper documentation, suggesting dangerous individuals could sneak into the US along with those seeking refuge following Hurricane Dorian. “I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members, and some very, very bad drug dealers.” So no “bad hombres”?

Trump has privately and repeatedly expressed opposition to the use of foreign intelligence from covert sources, including overseas spies who provide the US government with crucial information about hostile countries. Spying on countries that the US consider enemies are one thing. But it is getting blurred with Trump chummy with Russia and North Korea. A report said that the United States in 2017 removed one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government.

Trump claims that if you cheat on your spouse, you shouldn’t hold office. Well, he cheated on wife #1 with wife #2 and has had plenty of reported affairs and flings. Maybe he gets a special statute of limitations” because he announced this rule for him like a week.

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote against Trump’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but only after changing his position behind the scenes. He began to believe that Ross’ rationale for the citizenship question had been invented, and that, despite the deference he would normally give an executive branch official, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ claim had to matter in the court’s final judgment.

A panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York revived a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is illegally profiting from his hotels and restaurants in New York and Washington in violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption, or emoluments, clauses. It found that a lower court had wrongly dismissed the lawsuit.

Gregory Cheadle, the man then-candidate Donald Trump called “my African American” at a 2016 rally is leaving the Republican Party and no longer supports Trump. “I’m just sick and tired of the way blacks and other people of color have been treated by this administration and by the GOP,” Cheadle said.

At a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina recently, among the dumb comments:

  • “You know we won the greatest election, certainly one of them but maybe the greatest but we won one of the greatest.” – Over 1,000 days later, he’s still talking about it. Maybe his only true great thing he did in life. He talks about that win more than about his 5 children and his 3 wives.
  • “Every time I meet a foreign leader, almost every time, they say congratulations on what you’ve done with the economy.” – Uncheckable and most likely untrue.
  • “More Americans are working today than ever before in the history of our country almost 160 million Americans.” – But there are also more Americans in the working class.
  • “You know the other side, I don’t think they’re big believers. They’re not big believers in religion that I can tell you.” – As in the Democrats aren’t religious.

The Federal Reserve should cut US interest rates to “zero, or less,” said Trump in a tweet. Lower rates would give the country the chance to refinance its debt pile at lower rates. The United States does not refinance its debt this way.

Republicans won the special elections in North Carolina recently [House 9] but wasn’t much of a win. Trump won by 12 points the last time and the Republican barely won this time – 2 points. The Democrats haven’t won that district since 1962! Trump claimed that the Republican winner was losing by 17 points just 3 weeks ago. Unlikely. The Republicans, however, won the other special election easily.

Microsoft’s President Brad Smith recently released his book “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age” where he revealed how the Trump administration wanted Microsoft to help spy on other countries. The paragraph read, “As an American company, why won’t you agree to help the US government spy on people in other countries?” Brad Smith noted that Microsoft made it clear to the government that they weren’t open to any discussion on the issue.

Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports as “a gesture of good will.” He says Chinese Vice Premier Liu He requested the delay “due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary … on October 1st.” October 1st was the day for the increase to take effect.

Yahoo claims that 300,000 jobs have been killed by Trump’s trade wars with another 700,000 by the end of 2020.

Andrew Harris tried to hack his way into systems belonging to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to steal Trump’s tax returns just before the 2016 US election. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of computer fraud in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania court and faces up to two years in federal prison and a fine of up to $200,000.

Swedish authorities say that a man has been denied a vanity plate with the letters TRUMP because it violated motor vehicle department rules, calling the letter combination “offensive.” The rules state nothing political.

Another two resignations, more scandals, typical Trump week

National security adviser H.R. McMaster has resigned [did he really?] and will be replaced by former US ambassador and Fox News analyst John Bolton. McMaster claims he is leaving the military and retiring from public service. Bolton’s hard edged, hawkish views on issues like North Korea, Iraq and Syria make him a controversial pick.

As recently as March 8, the White House was denying reports that McMaster was on his way out, with White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declaring on “Fox & Friends” that “General McMaster’s not going anywhere.” The Pentagon had been quietly looking to see if there is a four-star military job suited for McMaster.

Donald Trump’s lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from his personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation. Dowd, who has urged Trump to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and resist attacking him publicly, resigned as his disagreements with Trump intensified and Trump stepped up his attacks on the special counsel.

At least four defense attorneys at major law firms were approached to join Trump’s legal team in recent weeks. This includes a former US Solicitor General and 2 lawyers that have worked for previous presidents. All turned Trump down, for various reasons, including concern that the President doesn’t listen to his lawyers and that their law firms represented other clients that would pose conflicts.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he received “assurances” that Trump is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. “The special counsel should be free to follow through with his investigation to its completion without interference,” Ryan said during a House GOP leadership news conference on Capitol Hill. “Absolutely, I am confident that he will be allowed to do that.”

But Trump’s approach to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as his rhetoric and his legal team have begun to reflect an increased focus on winning the fight for public opinion rather than cooperating with the actual probe. This include tweets like “Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime.”

“A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!” Trump tweeted of the special counsel investigation. “”Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?” Except Mueller himself and Mueller’s boss [Rod Rosenstein] are both Republicans. Unsure about those under Mueller but there are more than 13.

Trump admitted that a majority of Americans may not be ready to support the death penalty for “the really bad pushers and abusers.” “It’s possible,” Trump said. “It’s possible that our country is not ready for that and I can understand it, maybe. Although personally I can’t understand that.” He added: “I think unless you do that, unless you have really, really powerful penalties led by the death penalty for the really bad pushers and abusers, we are going to get nowhere.” Maybe the pushers, but abusers?

Trump said his administration would be addressing the problem of overprescribing of opioids, adding that the Department of Justice is looking “very seriously” into bringing litigation against drug companies. “We’ll ensure opioid addiction is not subsidized by the American tax payer.” As if people are getting their opiods exclusively from drug companies.

Trump, who as a candidate used the Clinton Foundation to slam his opponent Hillary Clinton, heralded an opioid program backed by the Clinton family foundation. Trump touted the work of Adapt Pharma, a program that makes Narcan — a type of drug that can save someone who is overdosing on opioids — more available in colleges and universities. The program was made possible in 2017 because of a partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Maybe a bit tongue and cheek, Chelsea Clinton, someone who has been critical of Trump throughout his administration, thanked the President for mentioning the effort.

Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government open until September, then excoriated Congress for passing the plan in the first place. “I said to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump said. And yet we know how much we take his word for. Right? He had threatened a veto early. More Fake Presidential News.

In a post bill signing conference/speech, Trump also called on Congress to give him a “line item veto” for all government spending bills, echoing a desire expressed by previous presidents who lamented parts of congressional legislation. He also called on Congress to get rid of the filibuster and “go to 51 votes in the Senate” in order to have “success” in Congress.

The Supreme Court has previously found that the line-item veto violated the Presentment Clause of the Constitution, which says the President does not have the power to unilaterally amend or repeal legislation (Clinton v. City of New York). Most senators oppose giving up the filibuster rule, which was designed to ensure the minority party has some say in the legislative process.

During his speech, Trump argued that Democrats have stood in the way of DACA recipients gaining permanent legal status, while casting Republicans as would-be saviors. “The Democrats fought us, they just fought every single inch of the way. They did not want DACA in this bill.” Will anyone believe him?

A $#.6 billion cut in spending offered by Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was chopped from the final bill.

Trump lamented the “ridiculous situation that took place over the last week,” saying the bill was quickly put together and lawmakers were given little time to read through it. At 2300 pages, I doubt it but it would be quite a read. Then again, the government would of shut down after today. Who’s to blame there? I thought he was commenting about the many things that happened in his administration. Scandals, resignations [really firings, right?], etc.

Trump tweeted “Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming.” $1.6 billion doesn’t go to [sic] far when building the Trump Wall. With the probably corruption in building the mess, expect just a few hundred feet if lucky.

Trump claimed during his speech that the stock markets were doing well. Unsure which stock market he was looking at as the Dow Jones dropped 425 that day. The market sold off after Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on about $50 billion of Chinese imports to retaliate for theft of intellectual property. 1100 points were lost in two days in the Dow Jones. The worry is that a tit-for-tat escalation between the two largest economies in the world will ruin the solid economic backdrop

After saying that Canada and Mexico received exemptions for any tariffs, the administration says that tariffs will be imposed on May 1st, if the NAFTA deal is not signed by then. No one is really surprised that Trump changed his mind…. again. The European Union, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea and Australia will not be subject to the trade penalties with [so far] no strings attached.

Meanwhile it looks like Trump is caving in again as he had thrown out the requirement that all vehicles sold in the US must have 50% or more American content. With that gone, an updated NAFTA agree is more likely – assuming Trump drops removing Article 19 [which is the trade arbitration – US has lost every time to Canada].

Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to Trump’s campaign, reportedly gained access to information about 50 million Facebook users. The data was collected by a professor for academic purposes in accordance with Facebook rules, the company said. But then the information was transferred to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica. The transfer violated Facebook policies.

One of the first uses of a trove of Facebook data on tens of millions of Americans that has thrown Facebook and Cambridge Analytica into crisis was in 2014 by a super PAC run by John Bolton, Trump’s new national security adviser.

A former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who allegedly had a nine-month affair with Trump is suing the company that kept her original account from publication. Shortly before the presidential election, American Media Inc., the company that owns The National Enquirer, paid $150,000 to McDougal, but did not run her story in a tabloid maneuver known as “catch and kill.” The contract did not require the Enquirer to run the story and required McDougal’s silence. American Media is owned by a major Trump supporter.

The Trump administration has offered a two-and-a-half-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. In exchange, the Trump administration wants $25 billion for the proposed Trump Wall with Mexico and other security measures. Democrats say for that amount, DACA recipients and people who might qualify for the program must get more: a chance at citizenship.

Trump initially didn’t congratulate Vladimir Poutine after his landslide election “win”. Poutine spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that maybe Trump’s schedule didn’t allow it and suggested he might call later. Maybe he’s too busy tweeting rants against Robert Mueller and doesn’t have time to congratulate Poutine in a tweet.

The White House said that it is “not surprised by the outcome” of Sunday’s election, and that no congratulatory call was planned. That quote sounds interesting. Trump did contact Poutine later and quite a few Republicans were upset that he did so – especially when not bringing up the subject of the election meddling or the fact that Poutine’s election win was suspicious.

Trump tweeted “I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him.” The difference was 6 years ago, Vladimir Poutine wasn’t turning into a corrupt dictator who has amassed billions that should of gone to the people and his government wasn’t known to be involved in hacking US elections.

Trump was infuriated after it quickly leaked that he had been directly instructed by his national security advisers in briefing materials not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory during their call. Warnings from multiple national security advisers and briefing materials that said “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” was included.

Trump will hire an attorney to join his personal legal team who has alleged that he is being framed by a group of FBI and Justice Department officials. Former US Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe DiGenova will be joining the legal team. This comes two months after DiGenova appeared on Fox News to allege that FBI and Justice Department officials carried out “a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime.”

Wondering if fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will launch a lawsuit in case he can’t get his pension – although it sounds like he has had at least two offers from the Democrats to work at a federal agency [any that can have him] for at least a couple of days.

After McCabe’s firing, there is still rumbling that Robert Mueller will be next. Trump gloated in tweets at McCabe and then came around to attack Mueller and his Russian investigation. But senior Republics have warned him that firing Mueller will cross the line and probably open a constitutional crisis. It would be “the beginning of the end of (Donald Trump’s) presidency,” predicted South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Trump said Rick Saccone lost the Pennsylvania special election, despite the fact that he has not yet conceded the race. “We’re 5-0 and then we lost by 300 votes the other night, right? 300 out of 200-twenty-some-odd-thousand votes.” He said in a speech – but Saccone lost by 700.

Former FBI director James Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” won’t be released until April 17 but is already a number one best seller.

A long-time Fox News analyst, Ralph Peters, sharply criticized the network, denouncing the outlet as a “propaganda machine” devoted to Trump, and saying that it was “wittingly harming our system of government for profit,” in a stunning internal email announcing his exit from the company.