Trump’s miserable crew has never been so desperate

The Washington Post
Joe Scarborough

These are desperate times for the quislings of Trump. The cost of collaborating with President Trump in the continued debasement of American democracy is becoming far too high. Fifteen months into his presidency, Trump has seen a national security adviser, a former campaign chairman, a foreign policy adviser and another high-ranking campaign official face charges of serious crimes. This Last week, the president must have felt the walls closing in even more tightly around him when FBI agents searched the home, office and hotel room of his longtime personal lawyer, whom associates call Trump’s “fixer.”

The president’s response to the Michael Cohen search, duly authorized by an independent federal judge, was to reflexively trash law-enforcement officers, undermine the rule of law and slander a Vietnam War hero who has committed his adult life to the service of America. By now, of course, few should be surprised by the depths to which Trump sinks when attacking law enforcement personnel. But this last week provided insight into just how desperate Trump and his courtiers have become in their defenses of an indefensible administration. The president promoted a Fox News show via Twitter that starred a steady stream of sycophants who slandered special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

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3 big takeaways from James Comey’s new book

The Washington Post
Callum Borchers

Former FBI director James B. Comey’s memoir hits bookshelves next Tuesday and his blitz of media interviews begins with “20/20” on Sunday. But The Washington Post obtained a copy of “A Higher Loyalty” and published excerpts on Thursday.

1. Comey does not accuse Trump of committing a crime.

2. Trump’s ego was bruised by the Steele dossier, particularly the part about paying for sex.

3. Comey describes several conversations that can be corroborated or disputed.