Comey Sought Distance From Trump

Trump and the RNC are raising money off Trump’s recent scandals.

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May 19, 2017, 11:17 a.m.

Former FBI dir­ect­or James Comey “has spoken privately of his con­cerns that the con­tacts from” Pres­id­ent Trump “and his aides were in­ap­pro­pri­ate, and how he felt com­pelled to res­ist them.” Comey told a friend “that des­pite Mr. Trump’s at­tempts to build a per­son­al re­la­tion­ship, he did not want to be friendly with the pres­id­ent and thought any con­ver­sa­tion with him or per­son­al con­tact was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.” (New York Times)

“Trump pres­sured a ‘re­luct­ant’ Mi­chael Flynn in­to ac­cept­ing a job as the White House’s top na­tion­al se­cur­ity of­fi­cial even after Flynn warned the pres­id­ent that he was un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion over un­dis­closed lob­by­ing on be­half of a for­eign gov­ern­ment, The Daily Beast has learned.” Trump’s af­fin­ity for Flynn is so strong that he’s hope­ful Flynn could be re-hired once the in­vest­ig­a­tions are re­solved, which ad­visers have ad­voc­ated against. (Daily Beast)

ANY­THING FOR A BUCK. “After cry­ing ‘sab­ot­age’ in email and text fun­drais­ing mes­sages yes­ter­day, the” Trump “cam­paign cashed in, rais­ing $314,000 between the cam­paign and Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s joint fun­drais­ing com­mit­tee. Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from Trump’s cam­paign, it’s a ‘one-day re­cord for di­git­al fun­drais­ing.’” (NBC News)

WHERE’S PENCE? Vice Pres­id­ent Mike Pence has been keep­ing a low pro­file in re­cent weeks as the ad­min­is­tra­tion has dealth with set­back after self-in­flic­ted set­back. The chaos ap­pears to be wear­ing on him. He did re­cently set up a new PAC, however. (CNN)

FBI RE­PLACE­MENT. “Trump may be dra­mat­ic­ally mis­cal­cu­lat­ing how much sup­port Sen. Joe Lieber­man would have among his former Demo­crat­ic col­leagues if nom­in­ated to be­come FBI dir­ect­or. Some Sen­ate Demo­crats hold a grudge against Lieber­man for his right­ward turn and op­pos­i­tion to some of Pres­id­ent Barack Obama’s agenda late in his Sen­ate ca­reer. Oth­ers say even though they re­spect Lieber­man, the job of FBI dir­ect­or should not go to a former politi­cian.” (Politico)

CON­FLICTS ABROAD. “When Pres­id­ent Trump sets off on his first in­ter­na­tion­al trip as pres­id­ent on Fri­day, his it­in­er­ary will in­clude two Middle East­ern coun­tries, Is­rael and Saudi Ar­a­bia, where he ex­plored busi­ness deals be­fore tak­ing of­fice.” (New York Times)

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