Saturday, March 16, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He changed his story again on the Mueller report.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously on a resolution calling for the public release of any report issued by the Office of the Special Counsel investigating the Russian sabotage of the 2016 election. 

Trump immediately exploded on Twitter, insisting that "there should be no Mueller Report." 

Meanwhile, the resolution was blocked from coming to a vote in the Senate by frequent Trump defender Lindsey Graham (R-SC). 

Safe from any chance of the resolution passing, Trump changed his tune today, claiming that he had told House Republicans to support the resolution to release the report—the one he's trying to keep from coming into existence.

No Republicans mentioned Trump's supposed support for the resolution before Graham protected Trump from its passage in the Senate. While non-binding, the resolution would have forced Senate Republicans to agree in public to following the existing law governing the release of the report Mueller is required to write at the conclusion of his investigation—and obeying that law may be a luxury Trump cannot afford.

Why should I care about this?

  • Presidents are supposed to obey the law whether or not it "looks good."
  • An innocent person might think he's the target of a "witch hoax," or he might think he'll be exonerated, but generally he wouldn't switch from one to the other depending on the day's news.