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The Morning Briefing: SOTU Day, 'Andy's Office' is Empty and Much, Much More

 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appears on the Hill.

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • This evening, the president will deliver the State of the Union.

SOTU and chill

Tonight President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union. It will begin at 9:10 pm ET so get some snacks ready, a blanket, a fine bottle of wine, Jagermeister, or benzos -- whatever your poison. The best parts of the SOTU are the after parties and by after parties, I mean the spectacle of hysteria that will be on display at the cable news stations from swamp sympathists.

Yesterday, the White House released the list of SOTU guests. “These individuals usually have performed an act of heroism or achieved an impressive milestone that illustrates an important theme in the president’s speech,” according to the Congressional Research Service. “At the appropriate time, the president acknowledges the guests seated adjacent to the first lady and identifies their particular contribution.”

Are you excited? The Democrats sure are. Presidential hopeful Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is bringing the wacky Mayor of San Juan. Some politicians will be bringing members of the DACA crew. Some will not show up at all. The left will also offer no less than six different responses to Trump's speech.

I'll probably fall asleep before the fireworks begin since I get up so early to write the Briefing.

Free the Memo

The House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) voted to release a memo detailing the abuse of the FISA court system to surveil Americans. The Democrats argue, simultaneously, that the memo release is "extraordinarily reckless" and full of lies but also a "nothing mustard." The White House now has the ball and can quash the release or give it the green light. It's expected Trump will green light the memo.

Suspected Intel Committee leaker Rep. Adam "I'm ready for my close-up" Schiff (D-CA) said, “Today this committee voted to put the president’s personal interests, perhaps their own political interests, above the national interests.” Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu, another of California's finest, described the memo as "nothing mustard." What's the big deal with the release and why can't the filthy casuals see the memo? Why no transparency?

Yet another California political celebrity, Nancy Pelosi, got snippy about it on CNN's Chris Cuomo last night.

“Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI obviously recently selected by President Trump, he got the memo. He could have come out and said ‘This is reckless, don’t release it,'” Cuomo said.

“Let me just say this with all due respect, you really don’t know what you’re talking about right now,” Pelosi replied.

“But did Christopher Wray look at it or no?”

Pelosi said, “I can’t say whether he did or not but he did not, he did not–in order to redact, you have to have the people who know…”

“I’m not saying redact, I’m saying if these concerns are so sharp and obvious…” Cuomo interjected.