CNN: “Officials say that in the last week the USPS has removed letter collection boxes in at least four states: New York, Oregon, Montana and Indiana. The USPS has also begun notifying postal workers in at least three states — West Virginia, Florida and Missouri — that they will start to reduce their retail operating hours, according to union officials.”
Jill Colvin of the Associated Press asked President Trump about GOP congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R) support for QAnon and whether he agrees with it.
Trump would only say she did very well in the election but would not answer the question.
New York Times: “The lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, 38, who was assigned to the Russia investigation, plans to admit that he altered an email from the CIA that investigators relied on to seek renewed court permission in 2017 for a secret wiretap on the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who had at times provided information to the spy agency.”
“Mr. Clinesmith had written texts expressing opposition to President Trump, who is sure to tout the plea agreement as evidence that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and politically motivated.”
Walter Shaub, the former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, tweets:
“My sincere belief is that it’s far worse than you think and will get worse than most imagine. I pray I’m wrong. But the next several months will determine the fate of the world, and you have the privilege of deciding that fate with your actions. You won’t get a second chance.”
“President Trump has requested a vote-by-mail ballot ahead of Florida’s primary election on Tuesday,” USA Today reports.
“And the president who has just spent the past few weeks excoriating mail-in voting has less than a week to cast it.”
At a press conference today, a reporter asked President Trump, “After three and a half years, do you regret all the lying you’ve done to the American people?”
Trump did not answer and quickly moved on to the next question.
“The Secret Service sought to bolster its protection of the White House with surveillance aircraft and a Blackhawk helicopter carrying a ‘fast rope’ commando team after crowds protesting the police killing of George Floyd knocked down temporary barricades and one man got onto the complex grounds in late May,” the Washington Post reports.
“That breach — combined with the throngs of protesters that converged outside the White House the night of May 29 — prompted agents to rush President Trump to a reinforced bunker and spurred a deeper concern about the White House’s vulnerability.”
President Trump told Fox News that he hopes U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Russia probe, is “not going to be politically correct” and warned that Attorney General William Barr could go down as “the greatest attorney general” or just “an average guy” — depending on what comes out of the monthslong probe.
Said Trump: “They spied on my campaign, which is treason. They spied, both before and after I won, using the intelligence apparatus of the United States to take down a president, a legally elected president, a duly elected president of the United States. It is the single biggest political crime in the history of our country.”
He added: “Bill Barr can go down as the greatest attorney general in the history of our country, or he can go down as an average guy. We’ll see what happens.”
Said the freshman lawmaker: “Let’s make a deal, Mr. President: You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine, and we’ll see who was the better student.”
She added: “Loser has to fund the Post Office.”
On a private call, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York told senators this week it was White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, not the other key White House negotiator, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who threw roadblocks up as talks collapsed, the AP reports.
It’s clear Meadows “is in charge,” was the message from Democratic leadership.
In a Fox Business interview, President Trump slammed Sen. Kamala Harris as “sort of a madwoman,” the Daily Beast reports.
Said Trump: “She was so angry, such hatred with Justice Kavanaugh. I’ve never seen anything like it. She was the angriest of the group, and they were all angry.”
He then went after Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who he called “not even a smart person” who “goes out and yaps,” seemingly upset that a politician has the nerve to deliver public speeches.
Next on his list was Speaker Nancy Pelosi who he called “stone-cold crazy.”
Molly Jong-Fast: Donald Trump’s woman problem just got a whole lot worse.
President Trump repeats the same exact talking points during his coronavirus briefings day after day, CNN reports.
“Like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground.”
— Sen. Kamala Harris, quoted by the New York Times, on President Trump taking office after the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.
“President Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after the November election,” Bloomberg reports.
Meanwhile, Esper has told people close to him “that he intends to leave regardless of the election’s outcome, meaning he could exit the administration about two months before Trump does, if the president loses.”
President Trump vowed to save “suburban housewives” saying he’ll protect them from an “invasion” of poor people supposedly led by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), the Black senator from New Jersey.
Said Trump: “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!”
President Trump added a new adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reports.
Dr. Scott Atlas “frequently appears on Fox News and has advised Republicans in the past. And crucially, unlike the government’s medical experts who have advised Trump until now, has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump’s — including decrying the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall as ‘hysteria’ and pushing for the resumption of college sports.”
Said Trump: “He’s working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus. And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good, and now we’ll take it to a new level.”