The Wednesday Read: Junior & Russia, Recess, and Cash on Hand

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Junior & Russia
  • August Recess Delay
  • Cash on Hand

Junior & Russia:

Now that we know Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June to gather some dirt on Hillary Clinton, I think it’s time to make the investigation into the possible collusion between Trump and the Russians as simple as possible. Here is my idea:

Would anyone working in the Trump Administration or on his campaign, who has not met with the Russians, please come forward.

That seems like the easiest way to sort out this mess.

August Recess Delay:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the U.S. Senate will delay their August recess until August!

McConnell also blamed the delay on the Democrats.

The Hill reported that the Senate had been scheduled to leave town at the end of July and not return to Washington until early September. Now they will wait until August 14.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent a press release saying, in part, “I’m glad that at my urging, the U.S. Senate is staying in session to work on behalf of the American people.”

I’m sure the decision to delay the August recess was way above the first-term senator’s pay grade. Daines should be happy; now he has less time to hold a face-to-face town hall meeting.

Cash on Hand:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is up for reelection next year. He recently disclosed that his campaign has $4.7 million cash-on-hand. Tester has had two straight quarters where he raised $2 million. This is before anyone really cares.

Meanwhile, Roll Call reports that Montana Republicans are waiting on State Auditor Matt Rosendale to make a decision about running. Other “big names” have declined.

I’ve said for a long time that Tester can easily beat the best in the GOP field. Rosendale is not one of the best; he would just be a bigger name to add to the sacrificial lamb list.

 

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