June 11, 2017… Day 143
June 11, 2017… Day 143
June 9, 2017… Day 141
Sarah Huckabee Sanders had an off-camera press gaggle after (during?) the Comey hearing yesterday. Lots of questions about lying, recording devices, and the attorney general.
June 8, 2017… Day 140… aka Comey Day.
Whoa, everything is flooding past quickly. I had a lot more to add to yesterday but time is sweeping on and today was Comey Day.
I wish I didn’t have to be at work all day, and I could have live-blogged my impressions as I listened to the hearing at my desk. That would be much more fun and immediate. Now it’s late, and the day has been too much of an emotional journey already, and I’m tired of it all.
Also, after Comey, I was infuriated by the right wing spin and the fact that the GOP is allowing Trump to do whatever he wants without oversight. And I was let down, because briefly, Comey’s testimony had been comforting and refreshing. He said that the Trump administration lies. He said he was afraid Trump would lie about their encounters. It felt good to hear someone say that. At the end of his testimony, the Republican Senator Richard Burr made it sound like he believed Comey over Trump. And when Comey said we should all feel good about Robert Mueller being in charge of the investigation — I was so relieved that someone told me I could feel good about something. And that I sort of believed it for a second.
But the Comey hearing also felt like a bunch of guys questioning a rape victim, listening to the questions the Senators asked and how they asked them. And just knowing the awkwardness and imbalance of power in the room when Comey was alone with Trump. And knowing Trump doesn’t respect people’s autonomy and is a sexual predator. It was stomach-turning.
After the hearing I listened to Ezra Klein’s conversation with Masha Gessen in which she talks about how the left is just turning into conspiracy theorists and the Russia investigation is gonna drag on forever and probably be inconclusive so everyone just needs to calm down and get over it. This is the same Masha Gessen who has been terrifying me with visions of the U.S. turning INTO Russia (erosion of press freedoms, for instance).
But after work I sat in on an ACLU conference call about immigration and policing in sanctuary cities, and I also saw the signal fires going up around the internet about the Senate healthcare bill. And I started to feel a little better again.
In other news…
June 7, 2017… Day 139
It’s harder than usual tonight to swivel from amazed-information-intake mode to hastily-assembling-blog-post mode. Hours of the former.
June 6, 2017… Day 138
Is everything accelerating or is my head just flying apart? The White House Press Briefing lived to see another day and the reporters’ questions are after my round-up of headlines and tweets. First, here’s some of the other stuff that happened today:
May 22, 2017… Day 123
May 16, 2017… Day 117
Holy. Moly. When is a bombshell THE bombshell? I’m so tired and confused.
When I was still in bed this morning, I saw Trump’s tweets about his absolute right to share information with Russia. That made me want to throw up. The President getting comfortable with being an autocrat.
Still windmilling, still don’t know which way things are going. Because they’re consolidating power even as they are imploding. And the Republicans just let them do it. What the hell is happening.
H.R. McMaster barks at reporters on camera. It is sad to see H.R. McMaster debase himself so utterly. Later in the day, Sean Spicer sounds wan and haggard off camera. No more bids for chuckles.
Then we find out that James Comey has memos about all his interactions with Trump, including the time Trump suggested the FBI just let the Flynn thing go, and the time that Trump suggested that the FBI lock up reporters.
“This is it,” said my friend at work, who was once a Republican. I said I hoped so but I was too jaded. Also, all this damage and severe Republican fuckery doesn’t get undone just by getting rid of Trump. Could just be part of our merry tumble into autocracy or theocracy?
It came out that it was Israel. And that the Russian reporter who “tricked” his way into the oval office reported it in Russia, and that now a spy’s life is in danger in Isis-held territory.
And then it felt like the wheels were starting to come off, at least according to congressional twitter.
So I don’t know. But I hear it’s nothing but shouting, screaming, and cursing all over the West Wing tonight.
May 12, 2017… Day 113
H.R. McMaster came in and yelled at the reporters during the White House Press Briefing. He sounded just like Flynn putting Iran on notice. I don’t know why McMaster wants to mess with his reputation like that. He’s part of the propaganda machine now.
I don’t want to forget, in light of this Comey madness (more madness today), that Jeff Sessions is a total disaster as Attorney General for other reasons. Harsher drug sentencing, and the lack of sympathy for the victims of police brutality — this guy is racist as fuck. As one headline said, this guy is going to fill prisons one way or another.
Tillerson signed a trans-Arctic agreement emphasizing the need for action on climate change, even as the Trump administration is still mulling over withdrawing from the Paris Accord.
Chris Stirewalt, writing for Fox News online today:
And in another Fox News piece, this one by John Moody, there’s this:
The first piece is harshly critical of Trump. The second is much much kinder, the paragraph I just clipped notwithstanding. But the second piece seems to be offering Trump a narrative. The title is “Does Donald Trump Want to be President?” It’s laced with Trump flattery and is a sweetly persuasive argument for why it would be better for Trump, and make total sense, if he just bowed out now and let Pence take over. It would still be a success. It would be the best win!
Also, on the Fox News TV channel today they were going full bore on the Comey story. Earlier in the week, they were pretending like it was barely happening.
Vanity Fair included Fox in its rundown of media responses yesterday:
This morning, a conservative financial blog casually (and straight-facedly) ran the numbers of what they predicted the markets would do if Trump resigned (answer: a 3-5% bump!). One guy at work said he bet that Trump would resign BY MONDAY. Everyone laughed at him, but still. Also, for what it’s worth, the moderate Republicans at work have started throwing around the word “impeachment.”
Today is also the day that Trump suggested there were tapes of his conversations with Comey, and told Comey (via tweet) to watch his mouth when talking to the press.
Comey declined to testify to Congress next week. But then it seeped out later that he wanted to testify in public, not in a closed door session. Also that he said he HOPED there were tapes. Cause that’d be perfect.
Bunch of stuff with Paul Manafort and his finances. Bunch of stuff with Trump’s finances. Stupid “certified letter” regarding Trump’s financial ties to Russia. The Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit agreed to hand over financial information on Trump.
Questions the reporters asked Sean Spicer today:
May 9, 2017… Day 110
Seems now like I’ll always remember where I was when this alert popped up on my phone.
I’m literally nauseated by this,
and my alarm goes off in 6 hours. I’m just going to put up some of the tweets and headlines I saw today, and then the questions they asked at the White House Daily Briefing.
Speaking of which, this question from a reporter took on new meaning after the Comey news:
“Can you just give us a better sense of what the President has been doing with his time the last few days?
We haven’t had very detailed schedules, we haven’t been seeing him publicly.
He’s only had one or two meetings.
So what is he actually doing all day long?”
And here is what reporters asked Sean Spicer when they came for him earlier in the day: