The Eighth Man

Another tidbit in the news — the eighth man at the famous June meeting has been identified.

An American-based employee of a Russian real estate company took part in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., bringing to eight the number of known participants at the session that has emerged as a key focus of the investigation of the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russians.

Ike Kaveladze’s presence was confirmed by Scott Balber, an attorney for Emin and Aras Agalarov, the Russian developers who hosted the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant in 2013. Balber said Kaveladze works for the Agalarovs’ company and attended as their representative.

Here’s the juicy bit:

Balber said Tuesday that he received a phone call from a representative of Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the weekend asking if Kaveladze would agree to be interviewed. Balber said his client would cooperate. The request is the first public indication that Mueller’s team is investigating the meeting.

Fail Fail Fail Fail Fail

The Senate Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill that I can’t remember the name of died last night; Republicans didn’t have the votes. What is likely to happen next?

Mitch McConnell already trotted out the old “repeal and delay” law, and that was shot down by lunchtime. Are there any other options?

It appears Mitch has just about used up his options. Trump has been ranting about letting the ACA collapse, but it probably won’t collapse unless Republicans find a way to make it collapse. Left to itself, it will probably trudge along about the way it’s been trudging along — not perfect, but not awful, either.

See also Trump’s erratic leadership is killing the GOP’s agenda. Not only has he never held a job; it’s become clear the whole concept of “teamwork” eludes him.