The Trump-Russia scandal—with all its bizarre and troubling twists and turns—has become a controversy that is defining the Trump presidency. The FBI recently disclosed that since July it has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia, as part of its probe of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election. Citing "US officials," CNN reported that the bureau has gathered information suggesting coordination between Trump campaign officials and suspected Russian operatives.
'Trump's loyalty demands and his alleged request that Comey lay off his former national security adviser have caused many to suspect an improper and possibly criminal motivation', writes Paul Callan
US President Donald Trump attends the US Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut/ AFP Images
A potential obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump just received a “quantum leap in strength and legal sustainability”, according to a well known legal analyst and former New York homicide prosecutor.
n Tuesday evening, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump asked former FBI director James Comey during a February meeting to end the federal investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The White House denied in a statement that Trump had ever asked Comey or "anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn."
Per usual, there's all kinds of leaks about a White House "shakeup," with some aides now saying a major house cleaning wouldn't look so good following the recent turmoil and Donald Trump's big overseas trip.
But one person who does look uniquely vulnerable is the jittery guy who kicked off his briefing career on Jan. 23 with a diatribe directed at the very people charged with relentlessly covering one of the most scandal-ridden White Houses in modern politics. One way or the other, Sean Spicer’s role will almost certainly be scaled back, writes Politico:
Jamie Raskin proposes using the 25th Amendment to assess whether presidential incapacity exists.
Before he was elected last year to the US House of Representatives, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin earned wide recognition over a quarter-century as a professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law. So whenever Raskin weighs in on issues of presidential accountability, he speaks from experience—and with the authority of a scholar who has worked with Democrats and Republicans to make real the full promise of the nation’s defining document.
Informed that Robert Mueller was being appointed as special counsel to investigate connections with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the White House says Trump was the soul of civility.
... White House staff members joined President Donald Trump in the Oval Office where he offered a measured response, according to a senior White House official. …