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Opinion: Dancing With the Democrats Will Not Save Trump
Long-term consequences of president’s actions will catch up with him

President Donald Trump would remain a reprehensible president even if he were to permanently move from the nationalistic right to the progressive left, Walter Shapiro writes. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Memo to the Democrats: Figure out how far Donald Trump is willing to travel on the ground before he gets bored and restless. Whatever the number is for our short-attention-span president (maybe a mile by golf cart and 10 miles by limousine), the Democrats should agree to build a border wall of precisely that length.

Consider it a Potemkin Wall.

Thanks to Bannon, White House Can't Shake Comey Firing
Former FBI boss, Hillary Clinton's book distract from taxes, hurricane response

Then-FBI Director JAmes Comey testifying in from of a Senate panel in 2015. The Trump White House cannot shake questions about his firing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 6:23 p.m. | Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s explosive comments about the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey is pulling administration officials away from their intended messaging about two federal hurricane responses and a quest for bipartisan tax legislation.

White House officials set up a week featuring a series of high-level meetings, including several involving President Donald Trump and key lawmakers, meant to portray him and his senior team as aggressively working with members of both parties on issues such as revisions to the tax code, racial tensions, and other matters.

Trump and Sessions: In a Relationship — and It’s Complicated
Strife with presidents is common for post-Watergate AGs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was one of President  Donald Trump’s early supporters. But their relationship has become more complicated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he was also signaling a new act in one of the summer’s most riveting political dramas. 

Sessions had been considered a dead man walking since mid-July, when Trump began berating him in interviews and on social media for his decision to recuse himself from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Yet here he was, on a podium, serving as a proxy for the president as he announced a controversial policy decision that Sessions has sought for years — and on which Trump was reportedly wavering. 

Donald Trump Jr. Talks to Senate Investigators
But details beyond opening statement remain private for now

Reporters hold up their smart phones to try to catch a photo of Donald Trump Jr., as he returns to a meeting with the Senate Judiciary staff on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump Jr. spent about five hours Thursday answering questions from Senate Judiciary Committee staff about a meeting he set up between his father’s presidential campaign and a Russian lawyer, but the details beyond his opening statement remain private for now.

Several senators attended the closed-door, voluntary interview with the president’s son, part of the committee’s probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Only Senate staffers asked questions, however, and the committee will have to vote at a later time on whether to make the transcript public.

Schiff Says Facebook Revelation Bolsters Case Against Russia
‘Troll farm’ linked to Russia paid for ads on Facebook, company tells investigators

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking minority member on the House Intelligence Committee, said while the amount spent on the ads in question is relatively small, millions of people were exposed to them. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Adam B. Schiff said Wednesday that Facebook’s admission that it sold ads to a so-called Russian “troll farm” bolsters the case that Russia conducted a disinformation campaign in last year’s election.

Schiff made the statement on CNN after Facebook executives told congressional investigators Wednesday that it discovered it had sold about $100,000 worth of ads to a Russian entity with a history of spreading pro-Russian propaganda, which was first reported by the Washington Post.

Schiff Says Republicans Trying to Discredit Mueller Investigation
Nunes signed letter seeking to subpoena FBI, Justice over salacious Trump dossier

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., said Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee did not consult Democratic members before issuing subpoenas for the FBI and Justice Department. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, accused Republicans on the committee of trying to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Schiff made the accusation on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” Tuesday night after the Washington Examiner reported that the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the Justice Department and the FBI regarding a dossier that had allegedly salacious details about President Donald Trump.

Trump and GOP Lawmakers — Even More on the Rocks
‘Must pass’ agenda tests a strained unified government

President Donald Trump targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in multiple Twitter attacks over the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Can this marriage of convenience be saved?

Will the first unified Republican government in a decade hold together in its current state of snarky detente, or will the majorities in Congress and President Donald Trump launch into a full-blown separation with the potential for policymaking divorce?

Trump Tweets Comey’s Early Clearing of Clinton Reveals ‘Rigged’ System
After report of tension with Kelly, president tweets chief of staff ‘doing a great job’

A school group from Illinois touring the Newseum in Washington pauses to watch Comey during his testimony about the Russia-Trump probe. On Friday, President Donald Trump said Comey's actions on Hillary Clinton show a “rigged” system. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated at 8:53 a.m. By writing a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton over her use of a private server while secretary of state before concluding his investigation, then-FBI Director James Comey revealed a system “rigged” in her favor, President Donald Trump said Friday.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of Judiciary’s Crime and Terrorism subcommittee, revealed Comey’s actions Thursday. They cited transcripts they reviewed of interviews federal investigators conducted last fall with two FBI officials who were close to Comey: James Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff, and Trisha Anderson, the principal deputy general counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw.

Intel Committee Might Want to Hear From Rohrabacher on Russia
Democrats say he should be stripped of chairmanship of subcommittee on Russia

An aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, D-Calif., said he would be happy to talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee about information he said he got from Wikileaks on last year’s DNC hack — after he shares it with President Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Intelligence Committee might want California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to testify about his meeting with WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange.

“He hasn’t been contacted by the committee, but is happy to talk with them after he talks with President Trump,” Ken Grubbs, an aide to the Republican, said to CNN in its report.

Rohrabacher Says White House Setting Up Meeting on Assange Info
Hints that hacking of DNC emails last year was an ‘inside job’ that didn’t involve Russia

Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said the narrative that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee is an attempt “to negate their vote in the ballot booth.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said he and President Donald Trump are arranging a meeting to share information he received from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“It is my understanding from other parties who are trying to arrange a rendezvous with myself and the president, it is being arranged for me to give him the firsthand information from [Assange],” Rohrabacher told Sean Hannity on his radio program, CNN reported.