MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace predicted on Thursday that President Donald Trump was hurting himself politically in the ongoing battle over the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Before her journalism career, the “Deadline: White House” anchor served as communications director in the George W. Bush administration.
“Where do the sort of politics around the release of the report go?” Wallace asked. “[The] Justice Department making a point today of saying the White House won’t see this before the public does. That seems to be an acknowledgment that they’re digging a hole for themselves politically in terms of the optics here.”
“Right,” replied Axios politics reporter Alexi McCammond.
“They’re trying to shift the politics of this by exerting more control over folks in a way that maybe he felt he was lacking throughout this entire investigation,” she explained.
“And now that it’s over, it’s kind of a race to the bottom for him to say this is not just a witch hunt, you were all wrong, and we’re going to set up this dichotomy in which Democrats and everyone who supports them is not telling you the truth and I’ve been telling you the truth for two-plus years and I’ve done nothing wrong,” she continued.
“And we know he loves a political fight,” who knows how long this will last,” McCammond added.
Jeremy Bash, who served as chief of staff at the Pentagon and CIA, offered his thoughts on what comes next.
“I think, obviously, this has a phase two and phase two is going to be the other criminal investigations out of the Southern District of New York,” he explained. “It’s going to be the Attorney General investigation out of New York.”
“It’s going to be Congressional scrutiny of other aspects of the Trump Organization and financial dealings and it’s ultimately going to be Congressional scrutiny of the actual report,” he continued.
“So there’s a lot more investigating to do on this matter,” Bash concluded.
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Iran probes seized UK-flagged tanker — Britain to hold emergency meeting
ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.
Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.
In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".
For Cubans — a day at the beach is no easy task
Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.
"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.
Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.