Trump Suggests His Tweets About Comey Tapes May Have Been to Sway Testimony, Or Something

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  • In an appearance on Fox News and Friends Friday morning, Trump unhinged his jaw and rambled about how suggesting that his interactions with former FBI director James Comey were taped when they actually weren’t might have influenced his testimony. [Talking Points Memo]
  • The Washington Post paints an alarming and very clear picture of everything President Obama knew about the nefarious Russian plot to influence the election and tip the scales towards the mess that we’re in now. It’s a big, long story that would be impossible to parse succinctly, but here’s a fun quote to think about while drinking an entire bottle of wine after you’re done with work for the day: “In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. It was a case that took almost no time to solve, traced to the Kremlin through cyber-forensics and intelligence on Putin’s involvement. And yet, because of the divergent ways Obama and Trump have handled the matter, Moscow appears unlikely to face proportionate consequences.” [Washington Post]
  • Apparently the President starts his morning with a 6:30 a.m. phone call with his outside legal team to discuss “all things Russia,” which serves in part as a “presidential venting session,” in the hopes that by the time he clocks in to his job of, you know, running the country, he’s “compartmentalized” it enough so that he can do just that. [Washington Post]
  • The President also signed a bill making it easier for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to fire its employees. [AP]
  • Oh, the President thinks its “bothersome” that Robert Mueller is friends with James Comey. [ABC News]
  • Speaking of lies, the New York Times has compiled every single one the President of the United States of America has told publicly since taking office. It’d make a nice wallpaper for that utility closet you’ve repurposed as a screaming room. [New York Times]
  • The C.I.A. had been working via secret back-channel to get American journalist and former Marine Austin Tice out of Syria, where he’s been held captive since 2012. [New York Times]
  • There’s a new chief usher at the White House and it’s the former director of rooms at Trump’s DC hotel. [Twitter]
  • California has banned state-funded or sponsored travel to four states that they say have laws discriminating against LGBTQ people. Great! [CNN]
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Very quick UK update...

Tonight, nearly 800 apartments in five London tower blocks are being evacuated because they share the same type of cladding as that believed responsible for the deadly Grenfell fire. Camden Council is advising all residents to leave until the buildings can be guaranteed safe. They are currently block booking hotels across London for affected residents.

In other news, cladding and insulation from the Grenfell block was found to be inflammable when tested by fire investigators. The police are considering criminal charges against unnamed people and organisations and have secured large amounts of evidence from companies and councils.

Police have confirmed that the fire began in a flat on the fourth floor when a domestic refrigerator caught fire. There is no evidence that the fire was deliberately set.

The dead and missing are still registered as 79, a final death toll is being made difficult both because of the horrific conditions inside the tower which may take the remainder of the year to clear, and because it is possible some people resident in the tower were illegal migrants. The government has confirmed that immigration authorities will take no action against anyone who comes forward even if they were not meant to be in the UK.

In other news, 47 year old Darren Osborne appeared in court today charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder during his attack on worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque. One person, 51 year old Makram Ali died when a van was driven into a crowd. There is no evidence that any other people were involved in the attack.

Oh and one year after the stupidest bit of politics ever, the Brexit negotiations are going just marvellously: we should be a complete laughing stock by this time next week.

True to form, the government is doing everything it can to turn it into a farce. When Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House of Commons, was asked on BBC Newsnight about the weak hand the government has versus an EU delegation which actually did its homework, she said:

Of course it’s early days. It would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic.

Never mind the facts, wave a flag!