Surprise! Michael Cohen taped conversations with Donald Trump and now Trump may have to worry about campaign finance violations. Trump also called on Jeff Sessions to stop the Russia hoax witch hunt, though Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it was an opinion, not an order. Rudy Giuliani continues his slow descent into madness with several confusing media appearances. The conspiracy group, QAnon, has started popping up at Trump rallies, which is pretty disturbing. Finally, North Korea continues to build missiles that can reach the U.S., but the administration is too busy praising Kim Jong-un to care.
Last week, Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers. That obviously led to Trump delaying his meeting with Putin, right? Nah! Trump met with Putin, called America foolish & let Putin off the hook for Russia's election meddling. Trump also made a mess in England, where he criticized Theresa May and then claimed it was fake news, despite there being a recording of the interview. Recently, FBI agent Peter Strzok testified before the House Judiciary Committee and it resulted in a chaotic day of partisan bickering.
Trump pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza and stated he could pardon himself as well. Is that legal? That might end up being a decision for the Supreme Court. The New York Times obtained a copy Trump team memo to Robert Mueller. In it, we learn that the Trump administration lied, though Sarah Huckabee Sanders can't talk about it. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort attempted to tamper with potential witnesses and Mueller revoke his release conditions. Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum - Canada, France and the EU are not happy. Finally, former Speaker of the House John Boehner laments the end of the GOP and the rise of the Trump Party.
Robert Mueller's questions for Trump have been leaked, but which side leaked it and what does it mean? The White House Correspondents Association invited a comedian to host their dinner and then became upset when she told jokes. Trump seems ready to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and there's nothing Emmanuel Macron or Angela Merkel can do to change his mind. Trump called into Fox & Friends last week and went on a 30 minute rant that puts his tweets to shame. Last but not least, John Kelly thinks Trump in an idiot. Yeah, that's about right.
Last week, Trump fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, just two days before his retirement. But Trump's pettiness could lead to a larger problem. He continued by attacking James Comey, leaving people worried that he might fire Robert Mueller. Mueller's firing would create a constitutional crisis and bring things to a whole other level. Trump's advisors specifically told him not to congratulate Putin an his election win, so of course that's exactly what he did. Finally, the entire is counting down to next Sunday, when Stormy Daniels' 60 Minutes interview finally airs.
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has ordered that congressional districts be redistricted & republicans in the state are not happy. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is retiring early & that might be the beginning of a dangerous trend. Trump's State of the Union speech wasn't a train wreck, but it was more of the same. The GOP memo was finally released & it was a major let down. Finally, Trump might not be meeting with Robert Mueller after all.
Reports are out that Trump wanted to fire Robert Mueller last year. How will the affect Mueller's investigation? The government shut down and opened back up, but the problem remains. John Kelly might be following in his predecessor's footsteps and leaving the White House. Finally, what is the GOP memo and how much of it can we believe?
It looks like Trump will finally score the first win of his administration with the passage of his tax bill. Unfortunately is a bad bill that is extremely unpopular. The Right is using dangerous rhetoric and claiming that the Mueller investigation is a coup against the current administration. They don't seem to realize just how dangerous that kind of language is. Reality star & WHite House official, Omarosa, is out of the Trump administration. Did she resign or get fired? We're not really sure. We end with Trump denying he was mad at Neil Gorsuch, the CDC's plan to ban seven words & the failure of several Trump nominees.
Jesse & Kevin are absolutely exhausted following yesterday's election. Since we're still recovering, we bring you a shorter episode of the podcast this week. We discuss the end of our campaigns for Town Council & Board of Education, what yesterday's gubernatorial elections mean for 2018 & how Michael Flynn might be next on Robert Mueller's list.
Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in DC, which can't be good news for President Trump. Stephen Miller has some weird thoughts about the Statue of Liberty & told CNN's Jim Acosta all about it. The Democratic party is already fighting with itself - is it too late to stop it? Trump started his 17 day "working vacation" but attacking Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal. North Korea can now put a nuke of a missile - good thing we have a level head in the oval office. Orrin Hatch discussed his thoughts on shooting wads & it's everything you hoped it would be & more. We finish by discussing Lara Trump's new Real News.