Trump hires 17 more White House lawyers


The daily two oh two was sponsored by T. Rowe price. Check out the confident wallet a personal finance podcast series by T. Rowe price and the Washington Post brain studio. Good morning. I'm James Holman from the Washington Post, and this is the daily to two for Thursday January tenth. In today's news talks to end, the government shutdown collapse as the FDA skills back food inspections. Tom Steiner won't run for president. And the Vatican may soon defrock the former archbishop for DC. But first the big idea. The White House is beefing up its legal team big time. It's part of a new strategy to more strongly assert the president's executive privilege in a bid to both contain the potential fallout of special counsel. Bob Muller's coming report and to curtail oversight by House Democrats. The hardball approach is being developed by newly arrived White House counsel. Pat, simple Oni. He's already hired seventeen seventeen new lawyers to work in the White House in just the past three weeks. The White House counsel's office was down to fewer than twenty lawyers late last year with Don mcgann's departure compared with forty to fifty in past administrations since he arrived. Carolina reports that simple Oni has increased the staff to thirty five lawyers and aims to get past forty in the coming weeks. He's also hired three new deputies all with extensive experience in past Republican White houses, simple, only, I met Trump when his friend Laura Ingram. The Fox News host recommended him to help prep for the two thousand sixteen debates against Hillary Clinton. Simple onea's coordinating closely with White House lawyer at flood who's leading the response to molar Democrats are particularly concerned about whether the White House will use executive privilege to keep private any portions of Muller's report that addresses alleged obstruction of Justice by the president. There's a growing sense that the special counsels closely held investigation could come to a culmination soon, some Trump advisors think Muller could deliver a confidential report explaining his findings to senior Justice department officials next month under the rules authorizing the special counsel. The attorney general can then decide whether to share that reporter parts of it with congress and the public some house leaders have vowed to immediately seek to obtain a copy of whatever Muller fines, but Trump advisor say the White House will resist the release of details describing confidential insensitive communications between the president and his senior aides it's unclear whether the special counsel's report will refer to material that the White House fuses privileged based on interviews with senior White House officials some trumpet. Anticipate Muller may simply write a concise of memo laying out his conclusions about the president's actions and not go farther, however, regionally on E, one of Trump's personal attorneys says the president's lawyers have made clear to the Justice department that they want to see Moller's completed report before the department decides what to share with congress. They're aimed Giuliani says is to have a chance to argue whether they believe some parts should remain private if the Justice department agrees with the White House counsel that the reporter portions of it should be withheld the house could try to subpoena the document, but Giuliani said the White House would then go to court to resist its release. So buckle up. And that's the big idea. Here are three other headlines that should be on your radar number one talks between Trump and congressional Democrats aimed at ending the partial government shutdown collapsed in acrimony in disarray on Wednesday afternoon with the president walking out of the White House meeting and calling it a total waste of time. After Democrats rejected his demand for border wall. Funding furious. Democrats accused Trump of slamming his hand on the table in the situation room before he exited and they said he ignored their pleas to reopen the federal government as they continue to negotiate over the wall with the shutdown nearing the three week. Mark some eight hundred thousand federal workers are about to miss their first paycheck the breakdown left. No end in sight to the shutdown even as its effects continue to spiral. For example, the shutdown has sharply reduced the FDA's food inspections. The agency which oversees eighty percent of our food supply has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food processing facilities. FDA commissioner. Scott Gottlieb, said in an interview that he's working on a plan to bring inspectors back as early as next week to inspect facilities considered high risk because they handle sensitive items like seafood, soft cheese and vegetables, or they have a history of problems, but it's not clear when or if negotiations to reopen the government will resume on Saturday, the shutdown will become the longest in US history and things are getting. Bad for some federal workers. The coastguard sent service employees a five page list of tips for how they can get through the shutdown without declaring bankruptcy among the recommendations that they consider holding garage sales or working as babysitters when off the clock. Number two. Billionaire democratic donor. Tom Steiner announced he will not run for president steered put a team together and had traveled extensively said he would instead continue with his campaign to impeach Trump. It's an effort that began last year in which he's already spent tens of millions of dollars on TV ads for the former hedge fund manager wanted to do it. But he said during a speech in Des Moines last night that there just wasn't a path to victory. One of the considerations. Is that Democrats just aren't looking for a business person to lead them? Meanwhile, we're hearing the Jeff Weaver who ran Bernie Sanders is twenty sixteen campaign will take on a diminished role at the Vermont Senator chooses to run again, which he probably will sources say the decision was made months ago long before a group of former campaign staffers asked for a meeting with Bermuda. Create a new sexual harassment policy ahead of twenty twenty. Number three Vatican. Investigators have finished collecting evidence in the sexual abuse. Case of disgraced ex cardinal Theodore McCarrick, this indicates that the Catholic church is moving quickly toward sentencing. The cleric in its secret of Justice system, the former archbishop of Washington who stands accused of sexually abusing three miners and harassing adult priests in seminarians already has become the first US cardinal ever removed from that office due to sexual misconduct allegations. Now, he faces the prospect of being defrocked, meaning he would lose his church housing and financial support. A person familiar with the investigation says the Vatican required all testimony be completed by the first weekend in January the transcripts in recording of all those witness statements are now in the hands of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith. That's the arm of the church that handles discipline and abuse cases, a source inside. The Vatican tells one of the posts religion beat reporters that the Holy See waited too long to start this process. But that now the case is accelerating. He says they're trying to quote make up for lost time. And that's the daily to of two for Thursday January tenth thanks for listening. I'm James Hillman. I'll talk to you tomorrow. The Washington Post has a new daily podcast post reports hosted by me Martine powers every weekday afternoon. We're bringing you stories about the state of the country the world, and how we come to know the things we know get it now at Washington Post dot com slash post reports.

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