April 21, 2018
My Kos story today:
April 20, 2018
|Above: Updated version of this story|
Politico puts it well:
The memos, obtained by POLITICO, appeared to be an instant political Rorschach test, with Trump allies declaring that the memos absolved the president of any whiff of improper conduct and Democrats suggesting they revealed the president's contempt for institutions of justice.
Update 10:30 AM Oregon time: Why the hooker references may be important (Washington Post, Philip Bump)
When did Trump and Putin talk about ‘hookers’?
During the event, Trump’s longtime aide Keith Schiller testified last November, an unidentified Russian offered to send five prostitutes to Trump’s room at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton — where the allegations outlined in the dossier of reports compiled by British intelligence officer Christopher Steele purportedly occurred.
(In the Comey memos, the former FBI director writes that Trump twice denied having stayed the night in Moscow, which Schiller’s testimony undercuts.)
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Rachel Maddow's show was more extraordinary than some of her other extraordinary shows which broke news as it was breaking. In fact, watching Chris Hayes in the hour before hers I saw him break the news that the AP had just released the Comey memos. (If you don't know what they are you haven't been paying attention for the last year.) She had Comey in her studio waiting for his much anticipated interview.
Then Rachel, her staff, and Comey had only 25 minutes to review the memos. As the show progressed most of her questions had to do with what she just learned from the memos. She even was reading them during the commercial breaks.
Here are the actual memos.
You will no doubt learn more about the memos today. Below, excerpted from The New York Times, are the six major takeaways from the memos. As usual, Trump's woman problem emerges and will be one of the primary focuses of the media attention because a previously unknown phone conversation Trump said he had with Putin, one which would have been his first, included Putin saying Russia had the most beautiful hookers in the world.
Comey doesn't think this conversation happened. Instead he thinks Trump made up the story after seeing a video of Putin saying this on Russian TV. By the end of the day if you watch the non-Fox news you will probably have seen this clip of Putin.
Trump’s Preoccupation With the Dossier - especially the hooker story
The Dossier’s Allegations Were Corroborated
Trump’s Focus on McCabe, Then a Relative Unknown - According to the memos, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey during their January dinner whether Mr. McCabe “had a problem” with the president.
What Priebus Knew - At their dinner, Mr. Trump gave contradictory explanations about whether Mr. Priebus knew they were meeting.
The Flynn Investigation - In their own meeting on Feb. 8, 2017, Mr. Priebus tried to ask Mr. Comey whether the F.B.I. was wiretapping the national security adviser at the time, Michael T. Flynn.
Hunting Leakers - Mr. Comey explained how he hoped to catch one of the leakers to set an example.
This is how Trump reacted to the release of the memos. This Tweet was written at 8:37 PM, not too long after the memos were released. When he read them all himself, or had someone read them for him, possibly on Fox News, remains to be determined.
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