Category Archives: Verbatim

Apparently There Are Two Kinds of Government Shutdown

“At times there could be a good shutdown, at times there may not be a good shutdown. There could be reasons at various times why that is the right outcome.”

— Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, quoted by The Hill, when asked about President Trump’s tweet earlier this year that “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”

Trump Reviews His Tenure at Cabinet Circle Jerk Session

“Never has there been a president … with few exceptions … who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than I have.”

— President Trump, quoted by CNN, at his first cabinet meeting.

GOP Healthcare Bill Is Not Getting Better with Time

“The Republicans have spent eight years insisting that they could produce a better health-care-reform plan if they had the chance. They have come to realize that this promise was false. The only thing they can do is rip away the benefits Obamacare has given millions of Americans. Their sole objective now is to do so with the minimum level of transparency or accountability.”

Jonathan Chait

Trump’s Lawyer Has Russian Ties

“The hard-charging New York lawyer President Trump chose to represent him in the Russia investigation has prominent clients with ties to the Kremlin, a striking pick for a president trying to escape the persistent cloud that has trailed his administration. … Marc Kasowitz’s clients include Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who is close to President Vladimir Putin and has done business with Trump’s former campaign manager. Kasowitz also represents Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, U.S. court records show.”

Washington Post

Inglis: We Impeached Clinton on Less Serious Matters than We Face with Trump

“Yes, I was on Judiciary Committee that impeached Bill Clinton and sent him for trial in the Senate for matters less serious than the ones before us now.”

— Former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), on Twitter.

Trump’s First Tweet in 48 Hours

“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”

— President Trump, on Twitter.

GOP Lawmaker Says Trump Is Hurting Her Re-Election Prospects

“It’s basically being taken out on me. Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship. And we’re going to hand the gavel to Pelosi in 2018, they only need 28 seats and the path to that gavel being handed over is through my seat. And right now, it doesn’t matter that it’s me, it doesn’t matter what I’ve done. I have an ‘R’ next to my name and right now, this environment would have me not prevail.”

— Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), expressing some concerns about re-election in a secret recording, the Tucson Weekly reports. “Team McSally has been poo-pooing recent polls showing that more than half of the voters in her district disapprove of her job performance, while her approval has fallen down to the mid-30s, percentage-wise, and that she was losing to a generic Democrat by 7 percentage points. But last week, in a private talk to the Arizona Bankers Association, McSally conceded that in the current political environment, she has some real challenges in next year’s election.”

In Comey Trump Created a Smart, Fearless Enemy

“He accused the president and his top aides of lying. He suggested that the president wanted special treatment in exchange for loyalty. He said he thinks he lost his job because of how he handled the Russia investigation. … James Comey served notice that if President Donald Trump operates like a bully, there are powerful people who know how to punch back. The ex-FBI director’s powerful, riveting testimony — delivered under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee — overflowed with headlines and revelations that will resonate for months or longer. … Among the big takeaways: In Comey, Trump has made an enemy who knows the levers of Washington power and has already put in motion forces that are beyond the president’s ability to control.”

Rick Klein

‘Lordy I Hope There Are Tapes’

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes” of Trump talks.

— Former FBI Director James Comey, answering questions from Senate Intelligence Committee Member Dianne Feinstein on his hopes that here are tapes of his Oval Office conversations with President Donald Trump, reports Bloomberg.

Comey Thought Trump Might Lie

“I was honestly concerned that he might lie.”

— Former FBI Director James Comey, quoted by the AP, testifying on why he created a memo on his January meeting with President Trump.