Namely C.R.E.A.M.! You thought things were tense between the GOP and Trump before? The Washington Post drops a little zinger in a long story about Trump’s beleagured legal team…
The challenge for President Trump’s attorneys has become, at its core, managing the unmanageable — their client.
He won’t follow instructions. After one meeting in which they urged Trump to steer clear of a certain topic, he sent a tweet about that very theme before they arrived back at their office.
He won’t compartmentalize. With aides, advisers and friends breezing in and out of the Oval Office, it is not uncommon for the president to suddenly turn the conversation to Russia — a subject that perpetually gnaws at him — in a meeting about something else entirely.
And he won’t discipline himself. Trump’s legal team, led by Marc E. Kasowitz of New York, is laboring to underscore the potential risk to the president if he engages without a lawyer in discussions with other people under scrutiny in widening Russia inquiries, including Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser…
Another question is who will pay the legal fees for the president and administration officials involved in the Russia inquiries. Some in Trump’s orbit are pushing the Republican National Committee to bear the costs, said three people with knowledge of the situation, including one who euphemistically described the debate as a “robust discussion.”
Although the RNC does have a legal defense fund, it well predates the Russia investigations and is intended to be used for legal challenges facing the Republican Party, such as a potential election recount.
The RNC has not made a decision, in part because the committee is still researching whether the money could legally be used to help pay legal costs related to Russia. But many within the organization are resisting the effort, thinking it would be more appropriate to create a separate legal defense fund for the case.
RNC officials declined requests for comment. The White House has not said whether Trump, Kushner and other officials are paying their legal bills themselves or whether they are being covered by an outside entity…
Of course, Donald Trump has never voluntarily paid for anything in his life. But now he’s a loose cannon, and it’s becoming ever more obvious that when Putin decided to ratfvck the 2016 elections, he spread a net wide enough to entrap quite a few of the highest profile Repubs now in office. Do Ryan, McConnell, and Priebus bite the bullet and raid the Party’s bank account to keep Lord Smallglove’s flapping mouth a little further along from Mueller’s ears? And even if they do throw good money after bad, will it be enough to at least give them time to coordinate some more believable alibis?
Apart from waiting for the usual Friday doc dump, what’s on the agenda for the day?