President Trump was publicly exuberant when Attorney General William Barr released his four-page recap of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, and in private he was “pumping his fist with excitement when he recounted the good news to his allies,” Politico reports, citing a person told about his reaction. “But every victory lap has a finish line — and Trump appears to be approaching his,” Gabriel Sherman writes at Vanity Fair.
Trump’s “response to the Barr letter was overplayed,” a former West Wing official told Vanity Fair. A Republican close to the White House agreed that the Mueller denouement is a prime example of Trump getting “oversold on things,” adding: “The White House realizes the report may have a lot of sh-t in it.” Jimmy Fallon diagnosed Trump with “premature exoneration” on Thursday’s Tonight Show.
The quick end to the post-Mueller victory lap was accelerated when “misfortune and mayhem almost immediately began piling up,” Politico recaps:
Trump unleashed two new political crises — one on health care, one on the Mexican border — and then retreated on both of them. A brief lull in House Democratic oversight action ended abruptly when House investigators demanded his tax returns. And news reports revealed that Mueller’s soon-to-be-released findings may be far more damaging than Attorney General William Barr has publicly indicated, suggesting that the Russia scandal is hardly in the president’s rear view window. …
On Thursday, the House approved a Senate measure cutting off U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a plan the White House opposed. … A day before, the House released information that showed Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was denied a security clearance last year because of concerns about foreign influence, private business interests, and personal conduct. The weekend arrest of a Chinese woman carrying a malware-laced device into Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, only added to the growing questions about presidential information security. [Politico]
Well, there’s always the next investigation.
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