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Double trouble for Trump | The minute

Double trouble for Trump | The minute
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1 Pressure drop

The NYT lays it out: “Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the FBI director, James B Comey, had relieved ‘great pressure’ on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.”

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“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to the Times report. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Why can’t we be friends?

Comey, for his part, was reportedly uncomfortable with Trump’s efforts at building a close personal relationship between the two men.

I’m not with that, bruh

I can tell that we are gonna be friends. Or else.


I can tell that we are gonna be friends. Or else. Photograph: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/SHAWN THEW/EPA

2 Person of interest

The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House official as a “significant person of interest” in the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

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Who could it be?


Who could it be? Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

3 International man of misery

The revelations seem likely to further hamper and frustrate Trump as he tries to pivot from a scandal-plagued week to his first international trip. Trump’s first stop is Saudi Arabia.

Scandals have Trump playing “ketchup” on excursion

You’re going to love this steak and ketchup, prince, it’s tremendous.


You’re going to love this steak and ketchup, prince, it’s tremendous. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

4 Hard time

Speaking of “nut jobs”, the disgraced former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, who has repeatedly been caught in “sexting” scandals, pleaded guilty today to transferring obscene material to a minor. He faces possible jail time.

The apparent resolution is a major blow to the phallic pun industry.


The apparent resolution is a major blow to the phallic pun industry. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

In a corresponding move, Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who was also a top Hillary Clinton aide, filed for divorce. The last chapter of the Weiner affair led to renewed consternation over Hillary Clinton’s private email server and may have harmed her electoral chances in November.

Abedin is getting out.


Abedin is getting out. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

5 GOP: The Score

The House speaker, Paul Ryan, confirmed Friday that the chamber may need to vote on the Obamacare repeal bill again after it is scored by the Congressional Budget Office. The new vote would occur because it was passed as a “budget consolidation” measure that needs to hit certain cost savings.

Oh right, there’s still a government doing things with laws …

Will there be another beer party too or nah?


Will there be another beer party, too, or nah? Photograph: Handout/Reuters

6 Paul Blahblah

Speaker Paul Ryan’s response on Friday about talk of a possible Democratic wave sweeping Republicans out of Congress in 2018 sounded every bit like a man having a frustrating week.

“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, is what I think about that stuff,” Ryan told the conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.

No known relationship to Bob Loblaw


No known relationship to Bob Loblaw. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

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