A couple of important guests to start our week:
At 6:10 AM, we'll talk with David Genova, the CEO of Denver RTD who is in Washington, DC lobbying members of Congress to push back against the Trump administration's budget proposal which cuts funding for public transportation. It's going to be very difficult for me to support this log-rolling.
At 7:06, we'll talk with a fascinating guy named Franz Sedelmayer, a German businessman who used to be a high-level security consultant and, in that capacity, provided security services for Vladimir Putin when he was a local government official. With the recent attacks against former Russian agents in England, I have to wonder whether Franz feels at risk right now. We'll ask him. More about Franz and his book, "Welcome to Putingrad" here: https://welcometoputingrad.com/
On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe two days before his pension for 20 years of service to the federal government vested.
The president was triumphant on Twitter but I have serious doubts that this is going to work out well for him.
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
The president's lawyer, John Dowd, called for the end of the Mueller special counsel investigation...before then saying that the president was not considering firing Mueller.
Lindsey Graham says that Trump cannot fire Mueller except for cause, and that there is no cause. Graham is probably wrong about Trump's authority, but I don't believe Trump will try to fire Mueller despite the assertions in that direction by CNN's Jake Tapper:
Here's a statement by McCabe's attorney, who previously served as the FBI's Inspector General:
2. Statement from Andrew McCabe’s attorney. Bromwich served as the DOJ’s Inspector General for six years. pic.twitter.com/1xN1s8B9Pa— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 17, 2018
If I were Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, I'd probably be a little worried that the sheer embarrassment she's causing the administration might put her on the very long list of Trump administration employees who seem headed for the unemployment line. (DeVos married into an extremely wealthy family so I doubt she'll actually get in the line.) Click play on the video below to see Kate McKinnon's brutal portrayal of DeVos.
Why is a Republican president taking regulatory advice (including on trade and tariffs) from a liberal Clinton-Gore-loving Democrat?