Trump White House cannot get its stories straight

Last week, it was the Comey firing. The explanations by Sean Spicer, Mike Pense, Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders shifted on an hourly basis. Not to mention the bizarre reasoning that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave for justification of Comey’s dismissal–Hillary’s emails, really?–only to be upstage by Trump’s own admission.

This week, it’s the revelation that Trump disclosed classified intel about ISIS to the Russians. First H.R. McMaster declared the Washington Post story as “false,” but didn’t offer any explanation. Then in the early morning hours Trump tweeted that he had the “absolute right” to share “facts.” So now the White House staff is scrambling for a narrative. Congress can’t be sitting easy anymore and in fact key Republicans are now asking for more details.

Of course, the Russian disclosure was yesterday’s news. Today’s new crisis is the report that Trump had pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, which the White House predictably has denied. Still, Comey apparently drafted a two-page account of the private meeting he had with Trump. These notes, one assumes, exist somewhere.