Well, today’s gonna be a day. I’m just going to direct you to 5Calls.org and exhort you to call your representatives and senators to demand an independent investigation of the Trump-Russia ties. Don’t text. Don’t email. Don’t fax. Call. Folks in Congress pay the most attention to a phone call, plus your opinion will be heard and counted immediately.
Things to Read
Axios AM: “In a swirl of sobering questions about the Constitution and the rule of law, many Republicans are asking simply: Why now? Why?!”
Day 111: You’re kidding.: “Trump defended firing Comey and said both parties will thank him in an early morning tweetstorm.”
Politico Playbook: “Comey is out, back-story from Dawsey on why an ‘enraged’ Trump fired Comey, what Trump needs to do next, POTUS’ only agenda item today: meeting with Russian foreign minister, Russia investigations plod along.”
@ABC: “NEW: AG Sessions, Deputy AG Rosenstein interviewing candidates for FBI interim director; we can expect someone to be chosen in 24-48 hours.”
Washington Post: “White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge.”
The Atlantic: “The firing of FBI director James Comey poses a question: Will the law answer to the president, or the president to the law?”
Politico: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday rejected calls for a special prosecutor or independent commission to investigate Russia’s election meddling in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.”
Politico: “[Trump] had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.”
New York Times: “Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three officials with knowledge of his request.”
Washington Post’s The Plum Line: “President Trump’s Tuesday Night Massacre — his firing of FBI director James Comey — was such a brazen power play in the context of the FBI’s ongoing Russia probe that even some Republicans are troubled by it.”
Vox: “The Comey firing is rightly dominating the news. Amazingly, though, it wasn’t the only major development in the ongoing and intensifying Trump-Russia scandal.”
Reports from the Rumor Mill
The “Liberal Conspiracy Theory” faction of Twitter has it that James Comey was filing things in the so-called “rocket docket” Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) US District Court (which I hear has a turn-around time of 11 months from file to trial) prior to being fired. According to the rumor mill, there are at least two grand juries empaneled there, and they’ve started passing out subpoenas (we do know that subpoenas are going around). Also, there are apparently nine sealed indictments, and 16 more coming down the pipes.
All of that should be taken with a sizable block of salt as, save for the subpoenas, none of that has been verified by any kind of reporting. However, I will note that the guy dishing these rumors appears to have a better than average track record for this sort of thing.