A Snapshot (Back to the Beholder)

#crisis | #WhatTheyVotedFor

The sun rises near the White House on Nov. 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

A snapshot from Associated Press:

While overseas, Trump’s longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates’ potential involvement. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added, along with crisis communication experts, to help the White House in the weeks ahead.

“They need to quarantine this stuff and put the investigations in a separate communications operation,” said Jack Quinn, who served as White House counsel for President Bill Clinton.

During the Monica Lewinsky investigation, the Clinton White House brought on a dedicated group of lawyers and a created a separate media operation to handle investigation-related inquiries so they didn’t completely subsume the president’s agenda.

Trump, according to one person familiar with his thinking, believed he was facing more of a communications problem than a legal one, despite the intensifying inquiries. The person, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations.

It is also worth noting two names in circulation, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie. It is also left to the beholder whether their return to the Trump machine would actually mean anything, or, indeed, what that meaning might be. Because, you know, there is nothing quite like a cocktail mixing professional violence and obsession with Hillary Clinton, and what the hell could the White House possibly stand to gain?

What are we going to say when Donald Trump, under the guidance of influences like Bossie and Lewandowski, actually tries to blame Hillary Clinton for the whole mess?

Oh, come on. You gotta figure that one’s coming, at least.


Image note: Detail of Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images.

Colvin, Jill and Ken Thomas. “Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team”. Associated Press. 28 May 2017.

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