America is getting into a huge knock-down, drag-out fight at basically the worst time, with company in town and Trump trying to get ready for a big business trip … and of course we’re making a scene in front of the whole world. The disappointing part is that if we start talking about a trial separation, Andrew Jackson isn’t around to put a stop to it. Here’s where the argument stands as of Tuesday evening …
Why are we always fighting about old stuff?
President Trump tried to get FBI Director James Comey to lay off the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon. The bureau has been looking into ties between Russian officials and several Trump associates, including Flynn.
“I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey during a February meeting, according to a memo containing Comey’s notes from the meeting.
The White House quickly denied the conversation. “While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the White House said in a statement. At least one Republican senator is asking The New York Times for proof the memo even exists. (He may have forgotten that the Constitution gives Congress the power to subpoena the FBI for such things.)
Do we have to do this when we have company over?
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington this week for an official state visit. President Trump was the first Western leader to call with congratulations following Erdogan’s victory in an April referendum expanding his power, and Erdogan said Trump’s November win “has led to the awakening of a new set of aspirations and expectations and hopes in our region.”