In other news, special prosecutor Robert Mueller's team reportedly became aware of a Republican scheme to pay women to accuse Mueller of sexual harassment. Mueller's office has referred the matter to the FBI.
“When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the Special Counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation,” [spokesman Peter Carr] said in a statement on Tuesday.
The special counsel’s attention to this scheme—which was brought to the office by a woman claiming she herself had been offered money to make up sexual harassment claims against Mueller—and its decision to release a rare statement about it to reporters indicates the seriousness with which the office is taking the purported scheme to discredit Mueller in the middle of an ongoing investigation.
In related news, the man behind the alleged scheme to smear Mueller is Newsmax TV host and GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman. You may recognize Burkman as the dipshit who paid private investigators to investigate the death of former DNC staffer Seth Rich even though the Rich family told him to let it go.
Finally, the Treasury Department says it will need to borrow $424 billion between October and December to pay the government's bills for a total of $1.34 trillion for the year. That's double the amount the Treasury borrowed in 2017.
Programming note... tomorrow is Halloween and I'm going to take a rare mid-week break to recuperate before all hell breaks loose again leading up to next week's elections. We'll be back in action here on Thursday.