Friday, June 23, 2017

Leaky, Leaky

White House counsel Don McGahn has largely stepped back from managing Donald Trump’s response to the expanding Russia investigation, but that hasn’t stopped the president from lashing out at him about it anyway.

Trump started the week by giving McGahn, a loyal supporter who was among the first Washington establishment figures to sign on with his presidential campaign, a dressing down in the Oval Office for not doing more to quash the Russia probe early on.


The Russia portfolio has been handed off to Trump’s longtime personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, leaving McGahn to focus on the standard duties of the top White House lawyer: vetting political appointees, selecting judges for vacancies in lower courts, and giving legal advice on potential legislation and other White House policy decisions.

Trump’s willingness to lay into him for the escalation of the probe — largely the result of Trump’s own decision to dismiss Comey — illustrates McGahn’s falling stock in the West Wing, as well as Trump’s desire to find someone to blame for his legal predicament.

And if McGahn didn't say, "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on," just before turning on his heel and walking out, I don't have an ounce of sympathy for him.
The episode — recounted by four people familiar with the conversation — came as part of a broader discussion on Monday about the president’s frustrations with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.


“This is one of the misconceptions about the White House counsel’s office. Don represents the institution. What is going on with Russia and Mueller are matters involving Trump in his personal capacity,” said one informal but frequent adviser to the White House. “I am not sure the president completely understands how these roles are segregated.”
Likely not, but even if he does, he wouldn't give a rat's ass. He can't take personal responsibility for anything. He's perfect.
No top aide is immune from the president’s anger or being called out in front of colleagues, even longtime loyalists like McGahn who signed on in the early days of the campaign before Trump won the New Hampshire primary.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was publicly dumped from his perch as head of the Trump transition team just days following the election, after he’d spent months prepping and hiring staff. Attorney General Jeff Sessions infuriated the president when he recused himself from the Russia investigations, after it came to light that he’d met twice with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign, even though he was an early Trump supporter.
And there's not one person left working for that big baby asshole who doesn't know the score. If they're willing to stay on, they're willing to be treated like shit. That's a character problem.

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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