It is safe to say President Trump did not read the new National Intelligence Strategy of the United States (NIS) released on Tuesday.
Which is a good thing.
The document shows the intelligence community (meaning the 17 U.S. government intelligence agencies) has mobilized against the threat posed by President Trump, his incoherent impulses on war and peace, and his furtive machinations with Russia.
The Trump administration has expanded the definition of “essential” to just about any government service that would cause the public great discomfort (and therefore affect Trump’s poll numbers)—like tax refunds or air passenger transport.
Exceptions are also made when the administration’s favorite industries face hardship as a result of the shutdown. For example, federal employees who work to support the onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling industry, forest management (timber sales) and the mortgage industry have also been deemed “essential” after their lobbyists complained about how the shutdown was harming their business.
Two of the impeachable offenses of which President Donald Trump has been accused — colluding with Russian political interference and working with Michael Cohen to violate campaign finance laws — would directly imply that he was elected as a result of fraud. And according to law professor Michael Glennon of Tufts University, this means that if Trump does get impeached for these alleged high crimes, Vice President Mike Pence must go down as well.
National security analyst Juliette Kayyem made a mysterious prediction during a discussion about the pages special counsel Robert Mueller released about Paul Manafort and his lies.
She began by saying that the timing of all of these things happening on the Donald Trump campaign in 2016 are finally beginning to unfold, and they’ve exposed two main things.
“It is undisputed that an overwhelming majority of the body politic of the city is repulsed by the Monument,” Graffeo wrote. When he ordered the monument covered up, former Mayor William Bell told member station WBHM he wished the obelisk would eventually be moved to a museum and away from the center of the majority African-American city.
“Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro asked Trump when he called into her Saturday night show.
Joy Reid, for Rachel Maddow
Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence department, talks with Joy Reid about the part of the Trump-Russia “iceberg” the public can’t see that likely formed the basis of the FBI’s concerns about whether Donald Trump was working for Russia.