FROM Richard Painter
Chaos and rivalries in the White House and the cabinet Washington veterans agree that no president has ever attacked his own Attorney General the way Donald Trump has gone after Jeff Sessions. One former Senate colleague predicts "holy hell to pay" if Trump fires the nation's top law enforcement officer. Meantime, the new communications director says he and the chief of staff are "brothers"… like Cain and Abel, suggesting one won't survive. Early in the President's term, is he heading for a "constitutional crisis?"
Legal implications of Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Donald Trump, Jr., the President's oldest son, has confirmed that he met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during last year's campaign. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kusher, and campaign manager Paul Manafort confirm they were there, too. The lawyer had promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Trump, Jr. has tweeted that he " had to listen ." But Richard Painter, who was an ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, says that if Trump, Jr. was contacted by a Russian agent with the promise of negative information on another American he should have notified the FBI immediately.
Is Trump violating the Constitution with his foreign business interests? We look at President Trump’s new potential business interests in China, and whether they violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Also, a Washington DC wine bar sues the president, saying the Trump Hotel profits unfairly from its name and owner.
The public interest and personal business at the Trump White House As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp," but his own, global holdings already pose a unique set of ethical conflicts. The transition process has already provided unmistakable evidence of what might be to come. He's met with business partners from India who say his presidency will be a bonanza . Daughter Ivanka is marketing bracelets like the one she wore on 60 Minutes. She and other family members will be in charge of some 500 business investments all over the world. The Wall Street Journal says if Trump doesn't liqudate all those assets and create a blind trust, he'll never escape the appearance that his White House is up for sale.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.