So, there's this:
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I,” Trump said, according to the document. “He was crazy, a real nut job… I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Which is not only as clear a statement of committing obstruction of justice as a prosecutor could wish for, it also indicates who Trump trusts to share confidences with. As Josh Marshall puts it:
What really stands out about this is the recklessness of Trump’s actions and his familiarity with Lavrov and Kislyak. As related, the substance of this conversation is that Comey is someone Trump took care of. He’s on the other team from Trump and Lavrov and Kislyak who are familiars.
Marshall links it to the "collusion" question. I think it just proves Trump is a clear and present danger, who would tell the Russian ambassador what the nuclear codes were, if he thought it would earn him some bragging points.
And then there's this:
President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.
Many advisers oppose the move because they worry it would backfire politically if people lose their insurance or see huge premium spikes and blame the White House, the sources said. Trump has said that the bold move could force Congressional Democrats to the table to negotiate an Obamacare replacement.
Of course, Trump still hasn't figured out why nobody carried him around town on their shoulders for firing Comey, so his political skills may be just the least bit, well....non-existent.
The important point here is not what Trump says, although that is very important in the case of the Russian ambassador. The important point is, this stuff is getting out. The "many advisors" opposed to Trump's strategy are obviously the ones who called Politico. Somebody called the NYT to read the transcript of that Oval Office meeting to a reporter. Sean Spicer's response to the report about that transcript was:
"Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
Problem is, just because the President says it in the White House, doesn't mean it's classified. I don't think the rats are leaving the sinking ship; I think they're turning on the captain. The report that staffers would feed Trump fake news in order to turn him in their desired direction has now turned into staffers torpedoing the S.S. Trump Administration, because they don't like where it's going.
Trump is gonna do a Palin, and he may well do it soon. 4 months in, and this administration is flying apart from it's own centrifugal force. The center cannot long hold.
David C. Gomez, a former FBI assistant special agent in charge, said Trump’s comments demonstrated a profound inability to grasp the potential consequences of his words.
“In terms of potential criminal activity, it’s amateur night at the White House,” Gomez told The Daily Beast. “These guys—and Trump especially—don’t know how to not implicate themselves.
“On a big case like this, the ideal thing would be a wiretap on your number one subject,” Gomez added. “But in this case, you don’t need a wiretap. He just comes right out and says it.”