Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.22.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* What would he do with those commemorative coins? “President Donald Trump said Tuesday there was a ‘very substantial chance’ that his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would not take place as planned.”

* Pruitt’s EPA strikes again: “The Environmental Protection Agency barred The Associated Press and CNN from a national summit on harmful water contaminants on Tuesday – and guards forcibly shoved a female reporter out of the building.”

* Trump’s moves on ZTE aren’t popular on the Hill: “[T]he Senate Banking Committee separately approved an amendment proposed by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to remove sanctions on any Chinese telecommunications company. It passed through the panel easily by a 23 to 2 margin in a bipartisan rebuke to the administration’s possible plans.”

* Michael Cohen news: “A significant business partner of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has quietly agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure Mr. Cohen to work with the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”

* On a related note: “President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer helped a major donor to Mr. Trump’s inauguration pitch a nuclear-power investment to the Qatari sovereign-wealth fund at a meeting in April, according to people familiar with the matter.”

* Long overdue: “After months of closed-door negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators announced Tuesday that they’ve reached agreement on legislation to reform the sexual harassment reporting process on Capitol Hill and impose more accountability on lawmakers who are accused of improper behavior.”

* An odd political plan falls apart: “The Trump administration wanted U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to join its diplomatic ranks. But the retiring Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman declined, saying he turned down the chance to become the next U.S. ambassador to Australia.”

* Could Trump be indicted? Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general, explored the question in interesting ways.

* Among the Missouri Republican’s troubles: “FBI agents have been questioning Missouri lawmakers about possible coercive tactics by associates of Gov. Eric Greitens, as the state legislature is set to consider impeaching the embattled governor.”

* Team Trump has a message and it’s sticking to it: “On Monday, the White House waded into the debate over whether it is okay to call human beings ‘animals’ after President Trump’s use of the phrase led accusers to associate his language with words used by some of history’s worst dictators, and his supporters accused the left of defending violent gang members who regularly torture their opponents and insiders alike.”

* A story that lends itself to many metaphors: “For all the concern over leaks at the White House, a more pressing problem might be the sinkhole on the North Lawn that appears to be growing by the day.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 5.22.18