In an interview with the New York Times, President Trump revealed a couple of things that set tongues wagging. But at least this time, they had reason to wag (in Washington media circles, tongues usually wag uncontrollably for no reason at all, like the tails of hyperactive poodles).
Trump admitted that he wasn’t too pleased with his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom he thought gave some bad answers to simple questions during Congressional testimony. He also said he wouldn’t have appointed Sessions if he’d known he was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation and force the appointment of a special counsel. This roiled Washington because you seldom hear a major political official bluntly criticize one his own people in public. The respectable DC way of expressing displeasure with someone is to voice your unwavering support for him in public while cutting him off at the knees in private.
Trump also alleged that about two weeks before the Inauguration, when he was briefed on the Russian election meddling investigation, former FBI Director James Comey pulled him aside to tell him about that Russian dossier of salacious (now widely discredited) material on him compiled by a British oppo research firm, and tried to hold it over Trump’s head in an attempt to keep his job. If this allegation is true, then Comey’s plan was a failure on all counts.
Trump surely knew that the Russian dossier was full of lies. And he’s the kind of guy who fires people who try to blackmail him and then tells the whole story to the media. Of course, some people will refuse to believe this is true. I admit, there are parts of this story I find hard to believe. Like the idea that Donald Trump would grant an interview to the New York Times.