As the news media buzzes Thursday evening with the much anticipated release of the memos filed by then FBI Director James Comey – describing his meetings with President Trump before he was unceremoniously fired – a different but related scoop has been largely buried.
Early Thursday, The Washington Post was the first to report that former New York City Mayor and prominent Trump campaign advisor Rudolph Giuliani had joined the president’s decimated legal team to bolster his floundering defense in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Before entering electoral politics in 1994, Giuliani served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, ironically – but probably not coincidentally – the same office that’s currently conducting a criminal investigation into Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney.
The bombshell bit of news in The Post’s report was that Giuliani intended to force a negotiated end to the special counsel’s investigation. But a few paragraphs down, a more ominous paragraph illustrated the worry many around the president have, namely that he’s getting desperate and angry at the FBI and the investigation in general, and wants retribution against key people.
Reporterswrite that President Trump, “loudly and repeatedly complained to several advisers earlier this week that former FBI director James B. Comey, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, among others, should be charged with crimes for misdeeds alleged by Republicans, citing associates close to the president.
No actions have yet been taken to bring formal investigations, let alone charges, into any of these or other figures President Trump has made his adversaries for over a year now, The Post’s sources insist. But the president’s seething anger and notoriously nasty outbursts have become much more focused and frequent.
Trump has been particularly set-off in recent weeks by James Comey’s new book and supporting press tour, during which Comey’s dominated the headlines in ways the president normally enjoys himself.
With the release of his much speculated-on memos sending the news media in a fresh frenzy tonight, Trump will have to endure Comey’s onslaught for at least a little bit longer. Any attempts the president makes to silence him by charging him, or to distract his base by launching investigations into others like Clinton and McCabe, seem doomed to fail.