* Rudy Giuliani’s latest spin is that if Trump agrees to be interviewed by Mueller’s team, he could get caught in a perjury trap because he is dealing with ‘alternative facts.”
In Wednesday morning’s interview with The Post, Giuliani said the president sometimes seesaws on whether he wants to do an interview. “There have been a few days where he says, ‘Maybe you guys are right,’ ” Giuliani said, referring to Trump attorneys who have warned against an interview. “Then he goes right back to, ‘Why shouldn’t I?’ ”
Giuliani said he was concerned that the president would become a target or that the interview would be a perjury trap, because the “truth is relative.”…“They may have a different version of the truth than we do,” Giuliani said.
* Reason #582 on why Trump and Pompeo don’t have a “plan B” on Iran.
Total US trade with Iran: ~ $300 million.
German trade with Iran: ~ $2.5 billion.
Japanese trade with Iran: ~$3.2 billion.
Chinese trade with Iran: ~$32.3 billion.
Those countries joined with US sanctions before 2015, but they’re not going to do it now. Quite clear on this.
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) May 21, 2018
* This tweet captures the danger of Trump’s foreign policy in under 140 characters.
Democratically elected governments have difficulty bribing Trump or ignoring domestic opinion to flatter him, so Trump’s pathologies inevitably distance us from traditional allies and draw us toward autocratic regimes.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 19, 2018
* Josh Marshall makes a good point in suggesting that we should stop talking about Trump breaking “norms.”
“Norms” aren’t laws for a reason. They are like bumpers on the roads of our civic and political life which are there to keep people of basically good faith from crossing lines they shouldn’t cross. They can also be warning posts so others can see when someone is either going down a bad path or needs to be brought back into line.
One reason that “norms” aren’t laws is that sometimes new or unique sets of facts create situations in which they do not or cannot or should not apply. But the problem with almost everything President Trump is doing today is not that he’s violating norms. The problem is that he is abusing his presidential powers to cover up his crimes and his associates’ crimes. Full stop. That’s the problem. The norms are just the orange rubber cones he knocked over when he drove out of his lane and headed for the crowded sidewalk.
* Here is Lesley Stahl relaying what Trump said about why he constantly attacks the media.
* I wrote this morning about the historic primary victory for Stacey Abrams in Georgia yesterday. In that race, a woman was going to be the Democratic nominee for governor no matter what happened. But as Ed Kilgore explains, the theme of women winning in Democratic primaries continues.
The primaries yesterday in Georgia, Kentucky, and Arkansas and primary runoffs in Texas set up competitive general election contests for both parties. In all four states, Republicans dominate state governments and congressional delegations. But Democrats hope a national wave stimulated by resistance to Donald Trump will give them a regional midterm breakthrough, and chose an unprecedented number of women and minority candidates to make the challenge.
* Finally, you knew this was coming, didn’t you?
— 🇺🇸TXSnark7🇺🇸 (@TXsnark7) May 16, 2018