No one in the Gang of Eight objected when the FBI initiated a probe into whether Trump was secretly working for Russia. The FBI was worried that the president’s actions constituted a possible threat to national security, but Trump called it a witch hunt. It looks bad when the president says that he would likely accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign entity. The other day, a federal agency recommended that White House aide Kellyanne Conway should be removed from federal service for being a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act, a 1939 law that seeks to keep government functions nonpartisan. The law is supposed to stop the federal government from affecting elections or going about its activities in a partisan manner, and it applies to federal employees as well as state and local employees who work with federally funded programs, but Trump is the ultimate enforcer of the act. Conway participated in media interviews and used her social media accounts, with her title, to engage in activity affecting the midterm elections; she has also made a number of remarks aimed at 2020 presidential candidates including Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former congress member Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Yesterday during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump bragged that he wanted to release his financial records, even though his legal team keeps blocking all these efforts. The White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was in the room at the time and he coughed, which upset Trump to the point where he told him that he could not cough while he was being interviewed. Trump never bothered to speculate on why Mulvaney was coughing, he just told him to leave the Oval Office. Trump said that his financial statements are phenomenal, because he loves to boast about himself and when he was told that he was down in the poles, he shot the messenger. The Democrats got together afterward to celebrate with champagne the bizarre moment of how Trump reacted to the tickle in Mick Mulvaney’s throat.
Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #18.