The Republican jury on the Hill questions how wise it was to have President Bush aggressively defend the White House’s position on WH aides testifying (though see WH counsel Fred Fielding’s letter as eminently reasonable). Some think his “See you in court” statement, unlike Fielding’s offer, was confrontational and raises the stakes. In general, they see the “scandal” as totally overblown but are unhappy with the drip, drip of e-mails that put GOP members in the position of making some assertion that is later contradicted. There is much sympathy with the desire to protect the office of the presidency by properly asserting executive privlege. The release of documents hasn’t waived any privlege and, of course, a previous President’s practice doesn’t bind the present one. The prediction is that the Democrats have the votes to issue subpoenas and are enjoying themselves so much that is what they are expected to do later this week.
In response to the emerging evidence that Donald Trump directed and participated in the commission of federal crimes, all too many Republicans are wrongly comforting themselves with political deflection and strained legal argument. The political deflection is clear, though a bit bizarre. The recent wave of news ... Read More
At the outset, let’s get two things straight: First, there is something deeply disturbing about the Obama administration’s decision to open a counterintelligence investigation on retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn while he was working on the Trump campaign — and, ultimately, about the Justice ... Read More
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Better late than never (I hope), my weekend column has posted on the website. It deals with the question whether General Michael Flynn actually lied to the FBI agents — including the now infamous Peter Strzok — when they interviewed him in the White House on his third day on the job as national security ... Read More
Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen's lawyer-turned-adviser, vigorously denied the allegation that his former client traveled to Prague during the 2016 election to arrange a payment for Russian hackers intervening in the election on then-candidate Trump's behalf. The allegation that Cohen traveled to Prague is a key ... Read More
In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump was asked on many occasions whether he would “accept the results” of the election if he were to lose. Democrats and their media allies demanded that he make a solemn vow to “accept the results.” It was never entirely clear what anybody thought ... Read More