Miller, phone conversations, grand jury …
This morning (Aug 3) I started to write about my dismay at the reappearance of Stephen “Dead Eyes” Miller at a White House press conference yesterday. You remember Miller, don’t you? He’s the awful little senior policy advisor to the president, the one who announced in February that
Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.
I was horrified to turn on CNN and see him standing there apparently running the press conference and sparring inanely with CNN’s Jim Acosta. Obviously the week’s purge had not gone quite far enough; it missed Miller.
Here’s the video if you’re curious, but you needn’t watch it all to get the gist. It’s a decidedly unpleasant exchange between two adults, each of whom has an axe to grind and complete disregard for what the other is saying. (Acosta’s father was a Cuban refugee and the subject at hand was the new immigration law.)
But before I got that done, news of the transcriptions of Trump’s January phone conversations with Mexican and Australian leaders broke. It made Wedneday’s nasty little press conference look pretty inconsequential.
And I was still absorbing Miller’s unexpected reappearance when we learned Special Counsel Robert Mueller had empaneled a grand jury to investigate potential criminal wrongdoing by Trump or his associates tied to Russian interference in our 2016 election.
No wonder I stopped trying to write about Washington politics. I can’t get one post finished before being hit by two more. All this transpired in about 24 hours.
Oh, and I almost forgot. Trump called the White House “a dump.” And then he announced a 17-day vacation to his golf club in New Jersey. If he doesn’t like the accommodations in DC, he’s free to resign and return to the tasteless, palatial gold plate that he prefers. Historical surroundings be damned; the place is a “dump.” His majesty said so.