Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Good Morning. Here's What's Happening in Trumplandia.
Here's the latest on the Trump - Russia scandals from Mother Jones about who's lawyering up in the Trump administration.
As you read about the widening criminal investigations consuming Trumplandia, remember his 30 percenters will continue to call this "fake news." And who can blame the poor things? The Trump presidency is less than 6 months old and everyone except the White House chef has hired a lawyer. Even the lawyers have hired lawyers.
But the rabid righties will tell you this is all made up and there's no story here. Because in their little universe, a president, vice president, presidential counselors, aides, and lawyers hire legal help just for something to do. In their "nothing to see here" minds, this is all "fake news."
Trump did promise to bring big beautiful jobs to America, and he's certainly on track to do that with all the lawyers finding big beautiful employment in D.C.
Vice President Pence Lawyers Up
by KEVIN DRUM
The latest: Vice President Pence has hired outside legal counsel to help with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The vice president’s office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuire Woods who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. This is just astonishing.
The FBI is actively investigating ties between the president’s campaign and a hostile foreign power. Ditto for his former national security adviser.
The FBI director has been fired for refusing to kill the investigation. The attorney general has recused himself. The deputy attorney general has appointed a special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is busily hiring experts in money laundering.
A few days ago Mueller widened the scope of his inquiry to include a criminal investigation of the president. Bipartisan congressional committees are holding hearings.
The president himself has lawyered up, and now the vice president has lawyered up too.