The Morning Briefing: Border 'Crisis,' Senate Hearing Tooth Fairy, and Much, Much More
Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president delivers remarks at the National Federation of Independent Businesses 75th anniversary celebration
- President Trump participates in the arrival of Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
- The president meets with Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
- President Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain
- The president signs the 10 millionth United States patent
- President Trump delivers remarks to the House Republican Conference
- The president delivers remarks at dinner with supporters
Wray, Horowitz appear before Senate Judiciary Committee
Yesterday, FBI director Chris Wray and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the inspector general's report that was released last week. Today, the two will appear before the a joint hearing of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The elevator pitch version of the IG report can be summarized as follows: the investigation found there was mind-blowing bias among senior officials in the FBI/DOJ against Trump and his moron supporters but the officials claimed it didn't affect any of their investigations so it's all good. Move along now.
A few things that came out of the hearing:
- The Democrats were uniformly concerned with establishing that the report does not exonerate Trump.
- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was not buying that the over-the-top bias had no effect on the Clinton investigation.
- Comey may be in more trouble. Twitter personality and former FBI Director James Comey has been too busy gallivanting around to media appearances and book tours to make any appearances before congressional committees. IG Horowitz confirmed he is looking into Comey's memo leak to his FBI employee/"lawyer." Another report is coming.
- Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is interested in Comey's use of private email for agency business.
- Wray said he will hold accountable "any employee for potential misconduct." The director said, "We will not hesitate to hold people accountable. We won't hesitate to throw the book at people who violate" FBI policies. I'm not optimistic.
Let's see what happens in the House hearing today.
Sudden border crossing "crisis" dominates headlines
The media and the Democrats continue to sensationalize the border crossings "crisis." What exactly is the "crisis"? It's that the Trump administration is prosecuting people who illegally cross into the U.S. and if they have children with them, the children are removed from the illegal crossers and put into a separate facility. That is the law and the Democrats and the media are clamoring for the administration to ignore the law—but not really because they love having this as a political issue. In fact, all the politicians who are unhappy with the law and shrieking like banshees can change it because that is their job. It's literally their job to make policies. Families with children who ask for asylum but do not illegally enter the U.S. first are not separated, but the grandstanders are not mentioning that. They are leading people to believe that all families are being torn asunder by the monsters in the Trump administration.