A Bit Busy This Morning But Catching Up On Last Night’s News

You turn off the computer early with this administration and you are suddenly left trying to catch up, which is almost impossible at this point. There’s just too much.

The Nunes memo, which will most likely be released this afternoon or tomorrow, is creating a lot of havoc. Especially since Nunes may be one of the least competent people in DC which is saying a lot!

With FBI statement on memo, Christopher Wray could now be in the president’s crosshairs:

The FBI thrust its low-key director squarely into the public eye and potentially into the crosshairs of the president Wednesday when it issued a statement declaring the bureau had “grave concerns” with a not-yet-public GOP memo that questions the basis to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray had privately warned the White House against releasing the memo, but as it became clearer Wednesday that his entreaties were likely to be rejected, his agency issued a terse two-paragraph message laying bare its worries about the document.

“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the statement said. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.

And Hope Hicks now enters Mueller’s crosshairs:

The latest witness to be called for an interview about the episode was Mark Corallo, who served as a spokesman for Mr. Trump’s legal team before resigning in July. Mr. Corallo received an interview request last week from the special counsel and has agreed to the interview, according to three people with knowledge of the request.

Mr. Corallo is planning to tell Mr. Mueller about a previously undisclosed conference call with Mr. Trump and Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, according to the three people. Mr. Corallo planned to tell investigators that Ms. Hicks said during the call that emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting — in which the younger Mr. Trump said he was eager to receive political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians — “will never get out.” That left Mr. Corallo with concerns that Ms. Hicks could be contemplating obstructing justice, the people said.

In Wolff’s Fire and Fury, there’s a passage about Bannon yelling at Hicks for getting involved and putting herself right into the middle of the obstruction case. Looks like Wolff got that part pretty dead on the nose.

Stay tuned. Whenever Trump has a moment where people want to declare him presidential (like the SOTU), he can’t keep it up for more than 48 hours without something big happening.