Daily Bread for 4.16.18

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will see flurries with a high of thirty-six. Sunrise is 6:09 AM and sunset 7:38 PM, for 13h 28m 59s of daytime.

Today is the five hundred twenty-second day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

Whitewater’s Library Board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1944, the USS Wisconsin is commissioned.

Recommended for reading in full —

➤ The New York Times editorial board writes The President Is Not Above The Law:

Mr. Mueller’s investigation has already yielded great benefit to the country, including the indictments of 13 Russians and three companies for trying to undermine the presidential election. None of us can know if prosecutors will eventually point the finger at the president himself. But should Mr. Trump move to hobble or kill the investigation, he would darken rather than dispel the cloud of suspicion around him. Far worse, he would free future presidents to politicize American justice. That would be a danger to every American, of whatever political leaning.

The president is not a king but a citizen, deserving of the presumption of innocence and other protections, yet also vulnerable to lawful scrutiny. We hope Mr. Trump recognizes this. If he doesn’t, how Republican lawmakers respond will shape the future not only of this presidency and of one of the country’s great political parties, but of the American experiment itself.

➤ Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Anu Narayanswamy report Trump’s reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year:

President Trump’s reelection campaign spent more than $1 out of every $5 on attorney fees this year as the president contended with the ongoing special counsel investigation and a new legal challenge from an adult-film star.

Of the $3.9 million that Trump’s committee spent in the first quarter of 2018, more than $834,000 went to eight law firms and the Trump Corp. for legal fees, according to new Federal Election Commission records filed Sunday.

The latest figures bring the Trump campaign’s total spending on legal fees to nearly $4 million since the president took office, records show. In the last quarter of 2017, Trump’s campaign committee spent $1.1 million in legal fees.

➤ Nicole Cobler reports Trump nominee for federal judgeship had rejected Texas lawsuit against Trump University:

An Austin lawyer who dropped the state of Texas’ investigation of Trump University in 2010 may get a lifetime post as a federal judge.

President Donald Trump named former Texas Deputy Attorney General David Morales on Tuesday to a trial bench in Corpus Christi. Morales had been recommended to the White House by Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

Morales made headlines during the presidential campaign when news outlets learned that in May 2010 the state’s consumer protection division had sought permission to pursue what it believed was a strong case against Trump and Trump University. Investigators asserted that Texas taxpayers had been bilked out of more than $2.6 million, and sought to file a $5.4 million lawsuit.

Morales rejected the recommendation. Texas dropped its investigation. Trump University voluntarily ceased operations in Texas.

➤ Adam Davidson sees Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency:

➤ Watch as a Hungry, Cranky Croc Destroys Watermelon With Powerful Jaw: