The Senate Intelligence Committee has made a copy of James Comey’s opening statement available ahead of tomorrow’s hotly anticipated testimony. Of especial interest is a curious statement the president made during his final personal interaction with the FBI director.
On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I “get out” that he is not personally under investigation. I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job.
At first we thought the cloud might be a metaphor for the cloud of suspicion harrying his administration. Then we recalled the man can barely finish a complete sentence. We entertained the notion that Trump was referring to a computing cloud, but that too was a nonstarter. Several thousand dollars hastily proffered to a private investigator later and we have a definitive answer.
This is the cloud distracting Donnie.
As you can see, the cloud has an unusual shape. Sources inside the White House confirm 45 stares at it through the windows in the Oval Office for 4 to 5 hours a day. It never moves position or changes shape. During meetings with aides, he has been known to interupt the flow of conversation with questions like “Is it following me?” and “I’m not the only one who sees it, right?”
Given its distractive qualities, it may be the ultimate symbol of his presidency.
(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Thirty-Nine)