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October 3rd, 2018 by neurome
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President Donald Trump in the Oval Office
May 17th, 2017 by neurome

WASHINGTON – President Trump hatched a brilliant plan Monday evening to quell the furor over his reported revealing of classified information to Russian officials by igniting a larger scandal surrounding his asking former FBI Director James Comey to cease his investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor.

The second, arguably bigger scandal came so quickly on the heels of the first, that neither the Washington political establishment nor the American public had a chance to fully absorb the enormity of the earlier misstep before they were already forced to deal with the second.

With Washington still reeling from a Washington Post story about Trump bragging about classified intelligence during an already controversial Oval Office visit with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the bombshell New York Times story about Trump asking Comey to halt the Flynn investigation took center stage, relegating the intelligence-sharing story to the back burner.

Much of the shocked reaction to the Comey story centers around the fact that it appears to at least border on obstruction of justice, if the events outlined in the story are true. The discussion of whether or not this was obstruction of justice, as well as discussion about the reliability of Comey’s notes, overwhelmed the ongoing discussion of the grave error Trump reportedly made when he revealed the classified information to the Russians.

“It was a brilliant move,” said a senior White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak about the matter. “I mean, you don’t even have time to react fully to the first one, when, Wham! He hits you with the second. I mean, you guys give him a tough time, but he’s a brilliant tactician.”

What makes the move even more brilliant, the official said, is the fact that it occurred prior to Trump revealing the classified intelligence to the Russians, but broke after.

“He had to know when that story would break, how it would break,” the official said. “That’s really clever. Cunning, even.”

Asked if there are any plans to release details of another scandalous blunder by the president as a way to possibly blunt negative press generate from the Comey episode, the official would not say.

“You’ll just have to wait and see,” he said. “But rest assured, when it comes to bombshell blunders, he’s got plenty more up his sleeve.”

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James Comey
May 14th, 2017 by neurome

WASHINGTON – Candidates to become the new director of the FBI completed the swimsuit phase of the competition, according to senior administration officials familiar with the contest to determine who will lead the bureau following the abrupt firing of James Comey.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump are the main judges, with Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also weighing in, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deliberations.

Candidates include former Michigan congressman Mike Rogers, Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, among others.

Thus far, it appears Cornyn and Rogers have made the biggest impression, especially in the swimsuit portion of the contest.

“Rogers came out in this killer one-piece,” one official said. “Really showed off his shapely legs. Sessions was a big fan of that.”

But not to be outdone, according to the official, Cornyn really shone brightly when his turn came up.

“Cornyn’s bikini was just jaw-dropping,” the official recounted. “And he’s kind of tall, and his choice in swimsuit accentuated that. It really was a stunning statement he made. He’s going to be hard to beat, I think.”

Next, the candidates will compete with one another in the talent portion of the competition. Cornyn is said to be planning to play violin, while Rogers will sing and Gowdy will cluck.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters.
May 10th, 2017 by neurome

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican leadership said in a hastily-convened press conference Wednesday that President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey was still somehow not enough to get them to end their support for him.

“While we are concerned with filling the position of FBI Director as quickly as possible and making sure any investigations are continued and carried out to their conclusions, we are not prepared at this time, somehow, to disavow the president or his actions,” said Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who read from a prepared statement. “For a moment, it looked like it might be time. But alas, it was not to be.”

McConnell noted that he had heard from leaders in the House of Representative as well, and that they prepare to release their own statement, but agree with the general sentiment of the Senate statement.

“Speaker Ryan is aware of this press conference, and he supports it,” McConnell said. “I’m sure he’ll make his own statement shortly.”

Many speculated that Republicans might turn their backs on Trump en masse following his insults of veteran Republican Senator John McCain. A break by a significant number of Republicans with Trump did not occur at that point, however.

Then, after Trump’s insulting of a Gold Star family, a hispanic judge and most significantly, the release of an “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump speaks of grabbing women “by the pussy,” pundits and experts thought the GOP’s break with Trump will surely come. It did not.

Nor did it occur this week, when President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, ostensibly for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email issue, though the bulk of the actions taken by Comey that Trump supposedly objected to happened more than six months ago.

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Paul Ryan
May 2nd, 2017 by neurome

WASHINGTON – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who is currently attempting to gather the needed Republican votes in the House of Representatives to push through a bill repealing Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, was unsure Tuesday afternoon whether an amendment to the bill currently under consideration, which would mandate any American family living below the poverty line die a slow, painful and public death, would be enough to ensure a yes vote from members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, according to GOP officials familiar with the amendment and Ryan’s thinking.

“He’s just not sure, he doesn’t feel he’s on solid ground,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of upsetting Republican leadership. “He thinks it might do the trick, he thinks it might take more.”

A key aspect of the amendment, according to the official, is the fact that whatever slow, painful death the poor families endure, it must also happen publicly.

“That’s non-negotiable,” the official said. “They want to be able to watch the deaths. Ideally, they’re thinking maybe a pay-per-view type thing as a way to simultaneously generate some added revenue.”

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The White House
April 27th, 2017 by neurome

WASHINGTON – White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus made sure there was someone in the White House available to watch President Trump while Priebus ran out for coffee, according to a senior White House official.

“Priebus said he would be out, like, fifteen minutes, max,” the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of upsetting the White House. “He wanted someone to hang out in the Oval while he was gone, to keep an eye on the president.”

After asking around, Priebus finally got an aide to sit in the Oval Office while he was gone. When he got back, the aide told him everything was fine, except for one minor hiccup.

“The aide said there was one time Trump tried to eat a paperweight but he was able to stop him. So, crisis averted.”

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Mnuchin speaks to reporters
April 27th, 2017 by neurome

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tasked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn with unveiling his ambitious plan to cut taxes for a majority of Trump family members. The plan would cap the individual income tax rate for millionaire members of the Trump family at 15%, and would eliminate the estate tax and alternative minimum tax.

“The president has boldly introduced a plan to reduce the unfair tax burden many Trumps face under our current system,” said Mr. Mnuchin, in a prepared statement prior to taking questions from reporters. “This plan balances the scales, in favor of people named Trump, who earn millions, if not billions, of dollars each year due mostly to things none of them did.”


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