Author: By Jennifer Rubin

Trump tweeted what?!?

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump in the Oval Office on May 22. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) by Jennifer Rubin August 5 at 4:24 PM Email the author President Trump is a lawyer’s client from hell. He lacks self-control, cannot tell the truth and will not absorb legal advice he doesn’t like. Most clients don’t incriminate themselves in public. Again and again. Trump does, however. The Post reported: “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” the president wrote in one of several early morning tweets...

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Distinguished person of the week: How to avoid enabling Trump

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS FBI Director Christopher A. Wray speaks at the White House on Thursday. (Evan Vucci/AP) by Jennifer Rubin August 5 at 7:45 AM Email the author With the obvious exception of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, President Trump’s advisers have generally tried to “cover” for him in public, if not compliment him. On Thursday, we saw a brilliant example of how a public official should conduct himself. Arriving in the White House briefing room with other top national security officials, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray explained without equivocation what Russia is doing and what the FBI is...

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Why no competent lawyer would’ve allowed the Trump Tower meeting

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS The Trump Tower building on Fifth Avenue in 2015 in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) by Jennifer Rubin August 3 at 11:30 AM Email the author Former White House counsel Bob Bauer explains some basic election law: The ban on foreign national involvement in federal elections is exceptionally broad. It applies to any spending to affect an election: The prohibition applies to “contributions,” “expenditures,” “donations,” and “disbursements.” A “contribution” for this purpose includes any “thing of value.” The rules reach “promises” of such spending whether express or “implied,” and to campaign spending provided either directly or “indirectly.”...

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Trump’s anti-Putin advisers are hung out to dry, again

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump speaks during a rally on Thursday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) by Jennifer Rubin August 3 at 10:30 AM Email the author In a rare White House briefing room appearance, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security Agency Director General Paul Nakasone and National Security Adviser John Bolton on Thursday insisted their boss was fully aware of the threat of Russian interference in the midterms and was insistent everyone do whatever was needed (minus any additional funding, I suppose) to secure...

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Don’t expect anything from Ivanka Trump

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Ivanka Trump participates in a conversation on workforce development and news of the day at the Newseum in Washington on Thursday. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) by Jennifer Rubin August 2 at 3:00 PM Email the author We’ve long argued that presidential daughter Ivanka Trump is unwilling or unable to move her father on major policy initiatives yet remains an enthusiastic advocate for him and his administration, making her complicit in his presidency. Gary Cohn quit over trade policy, about the closest anyone has come in this administration to quitting on principle. However, children generally cannot quit...

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Distinguished pol of the week: One red-state Democrat shows his mettle

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) in Washington on May 9.  (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) The Hill reports: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is signaling that President Trump should avoid picking a Supreme Court nominee that is openly pushing to overturn Roe v. Wade, instead encouraging him to choose a “centrist.” “All of that stuff is red flags for all Americans. And I think he needs to get a jurist basically looking at the law. The Roe v. Wade has been the law for forty-some years,” Manchin told a West Virginia radio station on Friday when asked if he wanted a jurist who would...

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The tax cut has done nothing for economic growth

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill in October 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Republicans insisted that the tax cut would not expand the debt and would spark an economic boom. Neither of these things happened. We already knew from the Congressional Budget Office’s recent report that the debt has swelled. Now we know that growth in the first quarter of 2018 was tepid. The Wall Street Journal reports: Economic growth was slower at the beginning of this year than the government previously reported, as consumers pulled back spending and the housing market weighed down...

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Trump can be managed – but only by a party with a spine

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS A woman holds a sign encouraging voters during a Women’s March rally in Las Vegas on Jan. 21. (Steve Marcus/Reuters) The assertion that President Trump never backs down or is a “tough negotiator” is belied by his nearly 18 months in office. He caved to Kim Jong Un — throwing in the cessation of military exercises with South Korea as a sort of parting gift. He has backed down on a slew of things: agreeing to a continuing resolution that didn’t fund the wall he wants; signing a budget he said he wouldn’t sign; not following through...

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