Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump participates in the signing ceremony for S. 2372 – VA Mission Act of 2018
- The president and the first lady visit Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters and participate in a 2018 hurricane briefing
- President Trump meets with Republican members of the Senate
- The president hosts the White House IFTAR
Recently released text messages between former FBI “it” couple Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest there were some overseas spies involved in an FBI operation back in December of 2015. We don’t know exactly what the “oconus lures” were doing, but we were told the Trump counterintelligence investigation didn’t begin until July 2016. I wonder what might be going on here?
The Senate on Monday released 500 pages of documents, including text messages between demoted counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his paramour former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. One of the formerly redacted texts suggests that the FBI may have been snooping into the Trump campaign way earlier than previously believed. Without mentioning any campaign specifically, the December 2015 text message refers to “oconus lures,” which is FBI lingo for spies outside the continental United States. Strzok was leading the Clinton investigation at the time and would go on to play a central role in the Trump/Russia probe. It is being assumed that the pair was referring to the FBI’s efforts to bait & hook unsuspecting Trump campaign officials overseas.
Fox News is reporting that Strzok was more involved in the RUSSIA and Clinton investigations than previously thought. Imagine that.
Peter Strzok, who was pulled off Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team last year, played a more central role than previously known in both the Russia and Hillary Clinton email probes, a lawmaker familiar with the matter told Fox News Tuesday.
The lawmaker’s assessment of Strzok’s role in both investigations was based on the most recent records and testimony, including a closed-door interview with FBI espionage chief Bill Priestap.
We also learned yesterday that Andrew McCabe wants immunity in order to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July. McCabe was fired from the FBI, after it was determined that he lied to the inspector general, who was investigating various and sundry FBI shenanigans. Don’t feel bad for McCabe. He has raised more than a half a million dollars in donations for his legal defense fund.
“Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection,” McCabe attorney Michael Bromwich said. “Accordingly, we hereby request that the Judiciary Committee authorize a grant of use immunity to Mr. McCabe.”
Do you think McCabe should get immunity? (Bear with me a sec, I’m trying to stop laughing.) Tell me in the comments.
Kelly Sadler is out at the WH
White House communications aide Kelly Sadler, who made an impolitic remark about Senator John McCain, has been pushed out of her job, according to the New York Times.
Still, Ms. Sadler did not leave in light of her comments, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Instead, they suggested that Ms. Sadler was pushed out over reports that she had told Mr. Trump that Mercedes Schlapp, the White House strategic communications director, had been the one leaking to the news media. Tensions between the two had reached a point where Ms. Sadler, who worked in the White House communications office focusing on immigration, and Ms. Schlapp were unable to be in the same room together, White House aides said.
The Mooch has some thoughts on the comms shop drama.
“Someone had it out for Kelly Sadler,” Scaramucci, who served as the White House communications director for less than two weeks last summer, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “Because that was a sorry joke. It’s an unforgivable statement — I’m not here suggesting the statement was OK — but what I am suggesting as someone that’s run a pretty decent corporation, that when you’re sitting inside the inner sanctum and somebody says something like that, to run outside the sanctum and rat on that person — I think that’s a terrible thing to do to the person.”
Let’s hope they clean up this hot mess of White House leakers.
Your daily WTF:
Historical picture of the day:
Gotta go back to the districts to campaign! McCarthy says he has no plans to cancel August recess
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!