May 17th, 2017

The increasing cadence of that annoying drip is becoming a pas de charge. Michael Schmidt, reporting in Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation for The New York Times, writes:

President Trump asked the FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the FBI turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey.

Such documents, Mr. Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the F.B.I.

So, in my mind the question now becomes, do Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell prove their loyalty to the President—clearly an attribute the president highly values—or do they attempt what may already be the impossible: save some remnant of the Republican party?

Seth Meyers reminds us of the prescience of President Donald John Trump…

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