Wiretap: First came the 37-page indictment and then Trump’s Category 5 tweet storm
It was, even by Trumpian standards, the tweet storm to end all tweet storms, a Category 5 Twitter tempest that began Saturday night at 11 p.m. and didn’t end until noon Sunday — 10 tweets filled with misspellings and errors in which Trump attacked the FBI, Barack Obama, Crooked Hillary, Liddle Adam Schiff and Gen. McMaster, his own national security adviser. Guess who he didn’t attack? That’s right, Russia. Or Putin. Meanwhile his senior aides were advising key allies to ignore Trump’s tweets. Via The Washington Post.
David Frum, the former Bush speechwriter, writes in The Atlantic that if there’s anything that Mueller’s indictments of the Russia 13 proves it’s that America is, in fact, under attack and Trump just doesn’t care.
In what may be the easiest fact check of all time, Trump claims he never said that Russia didn’t meddle in the 2016 election. To which every fact-checker replies: Oh, let me count the ways. Via The New York Times.
Read the full indictment, via the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
In other Mueller news, former Trump aide Richard Gates agrees to plead guilty and to testify against Paul Manafort. And the beat goes on. Via The Los Angeles Times.
In Parkland, the Stoneman Douglas teenagers are calling BS on adult hypocrisy and the idea that thoughts and prayers work better than new laws and regulations in protecting students from mass killings. Via The New Yorker.
It appears that many of the red flags raised by Nikolas Cruz’s behavior were not missed. The school shooter’s teacher say his problems became apparent in middle school and that school officials worked very hard to get him help. Via The Washington Post.
From The National Review, Kevin Williams writes that the FBI director should be fired for the agency’s failure to follow up on a tip that Cruz wanted to shoot up a school.
There’s a long and sleazy list of situations over the years in which Donald Trump’s fixer, Michael Cohen, stepped in to protect his boss, doing whatever it took. Stormy Daniels is the least of it. What we can guess is that Roy Cohn would have been proud. Via The New York Times.
LeBron James didn’t just dribble (and pass and shoot) his way to the NBA All-Star MVP award. He also didn’t shut up. And neither did many of his NBA co-stars. Via ESPN.
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