Angry Robot

Trump’s Council of C.E.O.s in Disarray Following Remarks on Protest

Was just spouting off to y about how I expected all of his CEOs on advisory councils to have resigned by now, and at least that is in motion.

‘The moment when it really started to feel insane’: An oral history of the Scaramucci era

Via Funkaoshi. Looks like I picked a heck of a ten days to go on vacation and then get sick. My favourite part is “Pickle”.

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon

Wow. Trump hires the top people.

Goodnight, sweet wince.

Experts Analyze Trump’s Handshakes

Some of these are truly exceptional

Trump in Paris: The curious case of his friend Jim

This headline would make an unwatchable romcom

Trump Stumbling into War in Syria

The U.S. now finds itself in a much more dangerous situation in the Middle East, where the war against ISIS, which has broad bipartisan support, could become a wider regional conflict of the type that Trump specifically promised to avoid.

Power Causes Brain Damage

Subjects under the influence of power, he found in studies spanning two decades, acted as if they had suffered a traumatic brain injury—becoming more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people’s point of view.

Recapping a stunningly bad two weeks for the Trump White House

It really has been quite a ride

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

This is an article from January about Cambridge Analytica using psychometrics for the Trump in 2016 – the same company that worked for the Brexit campaign, and is tied to both Bannon and Robert Mercer.

UPDATED TRUMP DOCTOR LETTER

Since being sworn in, Donald Trump has lost 50 pounds and gained 17 inches of height. He’s the longest president who has ever lived. His livers are both functioning flawlessly. His blood sets an all-time record for the state of New York for “most” and his blood pressure was rated “excellent” by seven different Fox News Twitter polls. He doesn’t even have one cholesterol.

The one little number that — so far — is all the protection Donald Trump needs

That number is 84 percent, Trump’s job approval rating among Republicans in the most recent weekly average from Gallup.

This will keep Hill Republicans behind him until those numbers start to sag.

Jeff Sessions is in deep trouble, and here’s why

He could be disbarred for being involved in the Comey firing after he refused himself.

The President Admits to Obstruction on National TV

Impeachable offence

If Trump fired Comey to impede the Russia investigation, he possibly engaged in obstruction of justice. That is a crime. That is a case for impeachment. In fact, the first of the three articles of impeachment filed by the House judiciary committee against Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction of justice.

It’s Now Up to Democrats to Save American Democracy

Jeet Heer:

By firing Comey, Trump has created the biggest political crisis in American politics since Watergate. The Democrats have very few weapons to wield against Trump right now, but they can continue to poke and prod him, using the ensuing controversy to rally opposition to Trump. American democracy is in real danger, and the Democrats now have a duty—one that transcends partisan politics—to make those stakes clear to the electorate.

Days Before He Was Fired, Comey Asked for More Resources for Russia Investigation

Not suspicious at all

Senate Russia investigators ask Treasury for Trump team financial information

Missed that this also happened yesterday, before the Comey firing.

Senate Russia investigators have sent a request to the Treasury Department’s criminal investigation division for any information related to President Donald Trump, his top officials and his campaign aides, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee told CNN Tuesday.

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation

Oh man.

There is only one reasonable conclusion that can be drawn from the decision to fire Comey: that there is grave wrongdoing at the center of the Russia scandal and that it implicates the President. As I write this, I have a difficult time believing that last sentence myself. But sometimes you have to step back from your assumptions and simply look at what the available evidence is telling you. It’s speaking clearly: the only reasonable explanation is that the President has something immense to hide and needs someone in charge of the FBI who he believes is loyal.

How Trump Could Get Fired

Pretty good overview. My takeaway is that it’s unlikely to be anything other than impeachment, which would require Dem control of the House, and theoretically a supermajority in the Senate. This was kinda great though:

The White House maintains that it was unaware of any links to the Kremlin, and the details of the investigations are classified. But select members of Congress who oversee the intelligence agencies have access to the findings. Recently, one of them, Senator Mark Warner, of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, privately told friends that he puts the odds at two to one against Trump completing a full term.

Democrats exploring lawsuit against Trump

Re: emoluments clause

Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign

The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.

I’d say they were quite successful.

Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism