"He has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on Democrats." https://t.co/gNE5cU8xnf
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) December 1, 2017
President Trump has told confidants that a government shutdown could be good for him politically and is focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his outreach to Democrats this fall, according to people who have spoken with him recently.
Over the past 10 days, the president has also told advisers that it is important that he is seen as tough on immigration and getting money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people who have spoken with him. He has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on Democrats.
Trump’s mixed messages on a partial government shutdown could hamper the ability of congressional Republicans to negotiate with Democrats, whose support they need to pass spending legislation in coming weeks. Many Republicans said this week that a shutdown is a possibility they hope to avoid. Even inside the White House, aides fret about the possibility, saying it would not poll well…
THIS IS FINE, Repubs reply.
"Mr. Trump also called other lawmakers over the summer with requests that they push Mr. Burr to finish the inquiry" https://t.co/DsqptA5Pwy
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) December 1, 2017
President Donald Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half-dozen lawmakers and aides. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides.
Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview this week that Trump told him that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end.
“It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’” Burr said. He said he replied to Trump that “when we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finish.”
In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Trump told Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly…
Trump’s requests of lawmakers to end the Senate investigation came during a period in the summer when the president was particularly consumed with Russia and openly raging at his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from any inquiries into Russian meddling in the election. Trump often vented to his own aides and even declared his innocence to virtual strangers he came across on his New Jersey golf course.
In this same period, the president complained frequently to McConnell about not doing enough to bring the investigation to an end, a Republican official close to the leader said.
Republicans downplayed Trump’s appeals, describing them as the actions of a political newcomer unfamiliar with what is appropriate presidential conduct…
During this time, Trump made several calls to senators without senior staff present, according to one West Wing official. According to senators and other Republicans familiar with the conversations, Trump would begin the talks on a different topic but eventually drift toward the Russia investigation.
In conversations with McConnell and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Trump voiced sharp anger that congressional Republicans were not helping lift the cloud of suspicion over Russia, the senators told political allies. The Times reported in August that the president had complained to McConnell that he was failing to shield Trump from an ongoing Senate inquiry…
Trump “even declared his innocence to virtual strangers he came across on his NJ golf course.” https://t.co/mADndNpbIq
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) December 1, 2017
So Trump has pressured the AG, DNI, head of CIA & NSA, members of Senate committee investigating him & fired the head of FBI to stop Russia investigation … but there’s nothing to the investigation
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) December 1, 2017
3/ You can make a compelling argument that Trump is trying to use his considerable influence as President to prematurely end an investigation into his family.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 1, 2017
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 1, 2017
This is the kind of thing that makes me think Trump’s lawyers have no idea what his exposure is – bet Mueller knows more about what Trump’s done than Ty Cobb does. https://t.co/ZjbEdQTRf7 pic.twitter.com/6Rg0BQp0zP
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 1, 2017
This seems like Burr warning Trump's handlers/lawyers–"everybody has promptly shared any conversations they've had" ie trump lobbying mbrs https://t.co/33jMMSLxlh
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) December 1, 2017
What is the message? Are they threatening him or trying to get his attention through NYT to back off?
— AlderFish (@AlderFish) December 1, 2017
The scoop is that they all went on the record to say this. This seems very much like a message aimed at Trump
— Brian Nichols (@BrianTNichols) December 1, 2017
I no longer believe this is a strategy. I think it's a sign of a president and a White House staff completely off the rails, surrounded by opportunistic GOP enablers who are trying to get everything they can before the final meltdown. https://t.co/cBcfRawmQk
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 29, 2017
Could be WHY all the mental health stories are dropping in a row, actually.
He may be arranging a 25th WITH his cabinet intentionally and seeding the media with these "ZOMG 45 is Actually Krayzee!" stories this week to tee up an insanity defense for Mueller/Schneiderman.
— Is It Over Yet? (@verbalremedy) December 1, 2017