The Note: After Trump’s performance, what next?
The TAKE with MaryAlice Parks
What happens now?
Before the extraordinary press conference Monday, the German foreign minister said in an interview: “We can no longer fully rely on the White House.”
After President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin stood side by side, some Republican lawmakers, and Trump’s intelligence chief, seemed to agree.
A number of Republicans on Capitol Hill had strong words, calling Trump’s performance “disgraceful,” “bizarre,” “a sign of weakness.” But what comes next? Do they censure the president? Subpoena his advisers?
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for hearings and that the president be mandated to sit for an interview with the special counsel.
Putin said Monday that courts should speak next. In democracies, final conclusions are delivered by trial. Of course, it will be hard for the U.S. to drag Russian actors before a judge, but it’s worth remembering the indictment brought by the Justice Department last week was…