Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president has no public events today.
The Khashoggi situation
"Journalist" Jamal Khashoggi was seen entering the Saudi embassy in Turkey and has not been seen since. All sorts of fantastic stories surrounding his disappearance are showcased in the media: he was chopped up into little pieces by Saudi agents, "sources" say he was murdered in the embassy, there are video and audio of his murder, etc. But we have been given no evidence of any of these claims. None. They come from "sources' and we don't know who they are and where they are getting their information. Really, the media has no credibility.
I think this whole situation is very suspicious: the Iran-friendly Turks and the aggrieved Qataris all have an interest in embarrassing Saudi Arabia and damaging the relationship between Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the U.S. against Iran. Why would we trust anything the Turks say? Of course the media is running with it because they have always aligned themselves with Iran and its satellites. We all remember what a great echo chamber they were for the Iran deal. Stay tuned as this story is developing. Secretary of State Pompeo has just landed in Saudi Arabia as of 5 a.m. EST.
Read Lee Smith's latest: 10 Key Questions About The Khashoggi Affair To Answer Before Buying The Press Narrative
Lots of actors in the Trump-RUSSIA collusion tale are scheduled to testify before Congress this week. Glenn Simpson is scheduled to appear before the Judiciary committee today but he will take the fifth. Simpson is the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm hired to create the dossier used to obtain snooping authority on the Trump campaign. Simpson is keeping quiet because his previous testimony may not play well with other testimony from FBI agents about their relationship.
Former FBI lawyer James A. Baker will testify on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Baker testified about the genesis of the bureau’s Russia investigation, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News. He also testified that Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann gave him documents pertaining to the Russia probe, suggesting another connection between the early stages of the FBI’s Russia probe and those working with the DNC and the Clinton campaign, the sources said.
And then on Friday, Nellie Ohr, wife of FBI agent Bruce Ohr, will make an appearance. Mrs. Ohr worked at Fusion GPS on the salacious and unverified dossier bought and paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, all while her husband was an agent. No one thought this was a strange arrangement, I can't wait to find out what she has to say under oath.
Elizabeth Warren proves she's an Indian or something
Shortly after I published the Briefing yesterday, the story about Elizabeth Warren's DNA "test" hit the news. What an exciting story! Senator Warren has taken a DNA test that shows she has some microscopic amount of Indian heritage in her. I guess, she is anywhere from 1/64 to 1/1024 Native American. I'm probably as much of a Native American as she is and I'm a Jewish lady with strong roots in Eastern Europe. What a disaster this entire story has become. Writes the Free Beacon:
Warren listed herself as Native American while teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1987 to 1995 and then at Harvard Law School beginning in 1995, the Boston Globe reports. Fact-checkers had not been able to verify her claims because they were based on "family lore."
So she was using her presumed status to help her land jobs at places that fetishize diversity. The real Native Americans, the Cherokee nation, were not amused by Warren's DNA stunt.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship,” the Cherokee Nation said in a statement released Monday. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation.”
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Sen. Hatch's always incisive Twitter account comments on the sad state of Washington politics:
Massachusetts. Come on. Really?
Oh, hey! Who let Caleb Howe in here?
Welcome, Caleb! Glad to have you joining us at the PJM liveblog!
Fox Business Network previews their sit-down with Trump that airs tonight, and he offers a slight warning note on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.