When the Reality Check Bounces

It may be that this morning’s Trump tweets about President Obama ordering a wiretap of Trump Tower was meant as a diversion. But it seems to me DJT could have come up with plenty of other diversions that didn’t make him sound crazier than a soup sandwich. I’m inclined to think he’s genuinely getting panicky.

Yesterday we looked at the fact that Michael Flynn lied about conversations he’d had with Russian officials that he must have known had been monitored. It’s hard to imagine he would have done that unless he’d been ordered to do so. Trump may have assumed that as POTUS he could get away with anything he wanted to do, and maybe now it’s starting to dawn on him that he’s being watched as he’s never been watched before.  Other parts of the federal government are not necessarily going to cover his ass because he’s the boss. And his old dodge of threatening to bury people with lawsuits won’t work any more.

And now, as always, it’s not the crime as much as it is the cover up:

The past few days have brought a growing list of confirmed communications between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials, with each new revelation adding to a cloud of suspicion that hangs over the White House as critics demand an independent investigation.

Trump’s team has offered various explanations for the meetings: Some encounters, they have said, were brief, no more than casual, polite introductions. Others involved the routine diplomacy common for officials surrounding a candidate for the nation’s highest office.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was an early Trump campaign adviser, said his two interactions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, first reported this week by The Washington Post, came in his role as a senator, not as a campaign surrogate.

It is unclear why the White House has consistently denied contacts with Russian officials if the meetings that took place were innocuous.

Note that Sessions used campaign funds, not his Senate account, when meeting the Russian ambassador. But yes, I’m sure the Russian ambassador goes about talking to all kinds of people. But any meeting with an innocent purpose could have been on the public record. It’s the sneaking around that’s got people suspicious. Which is why this tweet was particularly pathetic:

And it seems Sessions’s decided to recuse himself without waiting for orders from Trump, which means Sessions is at least a tad shrewder than Trump is about how Washington works.

Before heading off to his so-called “winter White House” in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday, President Donald Trump summoned some of his senior staff to the Oval Office and went “ballistic,” senior White House sources told ABC News.

The president erupted with anger over the latest slew of news reports connecting Russia with the new administration — specifically the abrupt decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Sources said the president felt Sessions’ recusal was unnecessary and only served to embolden Trump’s political opponents.

Sessions knew recusing himself would take some of the pressure off, and that seems to have worked.