* Rachel Maddow got quite the scoop from James Comey last night. In talking to him about Trump’s newest lawyer, she played the tape of Rudy Giuliani bragging that he knew about Comey’s upcoming announcement on re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s emails before it happened. Here’s how the conversation went from there:
MADDOW: Did Rudy Giuliani and therefore the Trump campaign have advanced notice from inside the FBI, from the New York field office or wherever, that this announcement from you was coming?
COMEY: Not that I know of, but I saw that same publicity and so I commissioned an investigation to see if we could understand whether people were disclosing information out of the New York office or any other place that resulted in Rudy’s report on Fox News and other leaks that we were seeing in the media.
I don’t know what the result of that was. I got fired before it was finished, but I know that I asked that it be investigated.
Does the president have any lawyers that aren’t under investigation?
* The DNC, under the leadership of Tom Perez, is going on offense.
The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.
The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there…
The case asserts that the Russian hacking campaign — combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the campaign’s public cheerleading of the hacks — amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election that caused serious damage to the Democratic Party.
* I have no doubt that we can take Zarif’s word on this:
Iran may resume its nuclear activities “at a much greater speed” if President Donald Trump moves forward with plans to pull the U.S. out of a landmark nuclear agreement and reimposes sanctions against the nation, Iran’s foreign minister said Friday.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan, in an interview set to air Sunday, that Iran was open to relaunching its nuclear program should Trump fail to waive economic sanctions on Tehran.
* Here’s some big news about those Republican tax cuts:
The nation’s six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can thank one person in particular: President Donald Trump.
While higher interest rates allowed banks to earn more from lending in the first quarter, the main boost to bank came from the billions of dollars they saved in taxes under the tax law Trump signed in December. Combined, the six banks saved at least $3.59 billion last quarter, according to an Associated Press estimate, using the bank’s tax rates going back to 2015.
I thought a comparison would provide some important perspective.
Big banks: $3.59 billion/quarter
Secretary: $1.50/week (per Speaker Ryan) https://t.co/P9FPJv3h7x
— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60) April 20, 2018
* Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made some news on 4/20.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.
Schumer’s legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes.
It would establish funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses, require more research on the drug’s public health impact, and maintain federal authority to regulate commercial advertising, similar to existing regulations for tobacco and alcohol.
* Finally, spring has finally arrived up here in the tundra. So lyrics like this are ringing out everywhere.
Come on baby let’s get out of this town
I got a full tank of gas with the top rolled down
There’s a chill in my bones
I don’t want to be left alone
So baby you can sleep while I drive