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Report: Everybody in the White House Considers Trump an Idiot
By Jonathan Chait@jonathanchait
President Trump. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
It is relatively easy to get White House staffers to leak mind-blowing anecdotes about President Trump’s various derangements, and for that very reason, it is hard to find new anecdotes that register on the crazy-Trump scale. CNN and (unsurprisingly) the Washington Post have obtained early versions of Bob Woodward’s version of tales from the court of the mad king, and even by the high standard set by the many previous insider accounts, his portrait of Trump’s delusional state appears to be especially harrowing.
Woodward confirms that Trump’s former secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, described him as a “fucking moron,” a fact that has been reported previously. He adds several more officials to the list of people who have blurted out this obvious conclusion.
After security officials tried fruitlessly to explain to Trump the importance of American defenses in South Korea, including a system that reduces the warning time of a North Korean missile attack from 15 minutes to seven seconds, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told associates that Trump “acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”
Former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn seemed to believe that Trump actually lacks object permanence. To prevent the president from signing a letter canceling a free-trade agreement with South Korea, he stole the letter from Trump’s desk. Trump “did not notice it was missing,” the Postreports.
Chief of Staff John Kelly has called Trump an idiot and also crazy:
“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in crazytown,” Kelly is quoted as saying at a staff meeting in his office. “I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
stating “that the former Navy pilot had been a coward for taking early release from a prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam because of his father’s military rank and leaving others behind.”
This is in fact the opposite of the truth. The whole point of what makes McCain’s imprisonment so heroic is that North Vietnam offered to give him early release on account of his father’s rank, believing it would demoralize other members of the military, and McCain refused, even withstanding torture rather than give in and accept freedom. This is the most important and well-known fact about McCain and Trump got it backward. It’s like attacking Harriet Tubman for her refusal to help escaped slaves.
Woodward has repeatedly scolded the media for its unfairness to Trump, and expressed skepticism about the Russia investigation. Another reporter who did the same thing, before proceeding to publish a book stuffed with harrowing inside tidbits about Trump’s dysfunction, is Michael Wolff. Perhaps both of them were shrewdly planting favorable commentary in order to warm up potential sources. Wolff’s book, and its too-amazing-to-be-real anecdotes, was met with a fair amount of skepticism from the mainstream media. The additional support from Woodward seems to confirm its essential thrust, if not every detail. However dumb and crazy you might think Trump is, the reality always turns out to be even worse.
New York Times:
Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump, invoking 25th Amendment
Shortly into his tenure as deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein reportedly talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to declare President Trump unfit to serve, The New York Times reports. Rosenstein additionally said in meetings that he might be able to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security, onboard with the effort, the Times reports.
He also reportedly suggested the idea of wearing a wire to secretly record Trump. The Times notes that an unnamed Justice Department spokeswoman said Rosenstein made the suggestion "sarcastically," but other sources told the paper that he was serious. Rosenstein told the Times in a statement that the story is "inaccurate," adding that "there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment."
Source: The New York Times
NY Times: Deputy AG Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump, possibly removing him from office
Rod Rosenstein (Internet Education Foundation/Flickr)
SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 MELISSA LEON
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly suggested last year that he secretly record President Donald Trump, and he also allegedly discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove the President for being unfit, an explosive new report out Friday revealed.
The New York Times first broke the story, citing several anonymous sources who either had second-hand knowledge of the instances or were familiar with FBI memos about Rosenstein’s alleged comments.
He allegedly made remarks about getting officials to invoke the 25th Amendment because Trump was unfit, and wearing wires to secretly record the President; he made such remarks in meetings and in conversations with FBI and Justice Department officials, the Times said. Rosenstein reportedly made these comments last spring, in 2017, shortly after he became deputy attorney general.
The New York Times
Breaking News: Rod Rosenstein, the official who appointed Robert Mueller, once proposed secretly taping President Trump and removing him via the 25th Amendmenthttps://nyti.ms/2zmtZeo
1:49 PM - Sep 21, 2018
Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment
In the turbulent days after the firing of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general appeared conflicted about his role and wanted to expose administration dysfunction, people around him said.
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Rosenstein apparently went so far as to say he could get support from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and now-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was at the time serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, to invoke the 25th Amendment, the Times said.
In a statement to the Times, Rosenstein disputed the accusations.
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment,” he said in a statement to the Times, they reported.
JUST IN: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is denying a story in The New York Times about the early phase of his tenure, in which he was described as discussing that he might secretly record President Trump and that the Cabinet might need to invoke the 25th Amendment.
2:26 PM - Sep 21, 2018
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The 25th Amendment details when a President has a disability that prevents him from serving – he is “unfit,” and it says that the Vice President then becomes President. If the President “dies, resigns or is removed from office,” the Vice President shall be the President. The amendment was adopted in 1967.
Around that time last year was when Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017.
After he fired Comey, the President later tweeted that there may be “tapes” of their conversations. Comey then asked a “close friend” to leak a memo to the media.
Comey asked Columbia law professor Daniel Richman to leak the memo with the hope it would trigger a special counsel appointment, he admitted during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017. The next day, Robert Mueller was named as Special Counsel of the Russia investigation.
Rosenstein is overseeing Mueller’s investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last March.
The deputy attorney general took over the Russia investigation when Sessions recused himself, and he also appointed Mueller.
Rosenstein also wrote the memo that recommended Comey be fired.
It was also Rosenstein who gave the go-ahead to raid Michael Cohen’s office, who was Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant
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