Day 580
Unindicted-co-conspirator-in-Chief. NATE GOWDY

Weekday Trumpdate gives you the latest on the ongoing catastrophe in the White House.

The Wall Street Journal:

President Trump dismissed the conviction of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight criminal counts Tuesday as a 'witch hunt,' reiterating a line of attack he has used for months to criticize special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference.

The New York Times:

President Trump on Wednesday praised his former campaign chairman who was just convicted of defrauding the federal government and accused his longtime personal attorney of breaking under legal pressure.


President Donald Trump is not currently looking to pardon Paul Manafort after his former campaign chairman was found guilty on eight felony charges, the White House said Wednesday.

Roll Call:

'Any effort to pardon Michael Cohen or Paul Manafort in and of itself would be a gross assault on the rule of law, and constitute high crimes and misdemeanors,' [Sen. Ron] Wyden said, quoting the prerequisite for impeachment in Section 4, Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

The Hill:

Senate Republicans are warning President Trump that it would be a serious mistake to pardon his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted late Tuesday on an array of fraud charges.

'It would be an enormous mistake and misuse of his power to pardon,' Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a prominent moderate, told reporters.


White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders might be a mush-mouthed, inhumane, professional obfuscater, but even by those abysmally low standards, Wednesday’s press briefing was a master class in total detachment from reality.

The Atlantic:

When asked last month whether they considered Trump corrupt, only 14 percent of Republicans said yes. Even Cohen’s allegation is unlikely to change that.

The answer may lie in how Trump and his supporters define corruption. In a forthcoming book titled How Fascism Works, the Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley makes an intriguing claim. 'Corruption, to the fascist politician,' he suggests, 'is really about the corruption of purity rather than of the law. Officially, the fascist politician’s denunciations of corruption sound like a denunciation of political corruption. But such talk is intended to evoke corruption in the sense of the usurpation of the traditional order.'

The Stranger:

And so we see how the US works. All Mexican migrants have been essentially charged with the murder of Mollie Tibbetts. This is what the headlines are saying. It's exactly what the White House and Fox News mean by: It's time to really deal with the immigration crisis. Pass new and tougher laws. More executive orders. Drag in the Dreamers, while we're at it. Tibbetts was not murdered by this one person. She was murdered by a whole, frothing sea of brown people. This is why we have to throw these people into cages.

It's the 580th day of Donald Trump's presidency, but it's day one of unindicted co-conspirator Donald Trump's presidency, and things are looking.......actually they're looking pretty much the same as they ever have for our big boy in the White House.