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RUDY, RUDY, RUDY
The U.S. and China struck a preliminary, partial trade deal; the U.S. is sending military forces to Saudi Arabia; momentum for congressional action on sanctions against Turkey grew even more; U.S. troops came under Turkish fire in Syria; Donald Trump lost in court on green cards and visas, the border wall, and withholding his financial records from House Democrats; the acting Homeland Security chief is leaving; the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, defied the administration and testified before House investigators; more witnesses are scheduled to testify in the impeachment probe next week; ISIS might revive; Trump mocked Bernie Sanders for playing baseball and attacked Nancy Pelosi at a raucous rally in Louisiana on the eve of the state’s gubernatorial election today; Mitch McConnell plans a Wednesday press conference; Shep Smith is leaving Fox News; Elizabeth Warren is getting more scrutiny; there is a Democratic presidential candidate debate on Tuesday; fires are raging in California; Japan is dealing with a massive typhoon and an earthquake; there was a shooting in Brooklyn in which at least four people died.
So just read these two articles and enjoy your Saturday:
“Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.” (New York Times)
“Rudy Giuliani’s longtime business partner and friend, John Huvane, resigned from their security company in recent weeks.” (Wall Street Journal)
My take: Donald Trump famously lets problems fester, wander, wax and wane, and go unresolved and not dealt with. Under other circumstances, the person in his life who might tell him to address this issue decisively and quickly would be Rudy Giuliani. Between now and Monday, the question is: Who will tell the president how big a problem he faces? Candidates include: Jared Kushner, Secretary Mnuchin, Melania Trump, and one of the scores of other people the president will talk to on the phone this weekend. The press is going to be pulling on the Rudy, Lev, and Igor threads for a long time. As long as Rudy is the president’s lawyer, and as long as Rudy keeps talking to the media, the pulling will be harder, more frequent, and potentially lethal.
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