The Department of Justice inspector general says he has recovered missing text messages from two senior FBI officials who investigated both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and exchanged notes critical of the president.In a letter to congressional leaders, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools” to recover messages between senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page during a key five-month period ending the day special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was appointed to investigate possible coordination between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign. The missing messages have sparked a political firestorm in recent days, as GOP leaders and the president himself have raised questions about how the FBI could have failed to retain them.
I look forward to Republicans taking totally mundane texts out of context and going crazy over them. “He said ‘Let’s go out for drinks after work’! What is that code for?!?!”
The Senate Judiciary Committee intends to release transcripts of its interviews with President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., and others who participated in a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer allegedly promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton.Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday that the committee would disclose “all witness interviews that we have done related to that meeting,” making them available to the public “for everyone to see.” The committee’s interviews, which were conducted behind closed doors, are complete, he added.Grassley said the transcripts must be redacted first. It was not immediately clear when that process will be complete. Two of the five transcripts still require legal vetting as well, he said. When asked whether public testimony from these witnesses has been ruled out now, the senator said, “I wouldn’t say anything’s off table, but (it’s) not likely.”
I’m sure that a genius like Donny ran circles around the Democrats on the committee. Should be interesting.
* A new Quinnipiac poll finds Trump’s approval at a soaring 36-58, even as 63 percent say he does not supply the U.S. with moral leadership, and 67 percent say he is not a good role model for children.
* Jia Tolentino reports on how the backlash to #MeToo is already in full swing.
* Robert Schlesinger tracks the descent of Trump’s defenders into full blown hysteria.
* And that new Quinnipiac poll we mentioned above also finds that 72 percent of Republicans say Trump is a good role model for children. I just…I mean…sigh.