“This is not something done in a vacuum. If you’re going to look into the President of the United States, you’re going to the Department of Justice, you’re showing them your evidence, they are concurring with your concerns, and they’re allowing you to pursue this line of inquiry. To open even a preliminary inquiry in counterintelligence, you need to have a reasonable suspicion that someone is or may be an agent of a foreign power, or is being targeted by that foreign power.”
From Trump’s narrow perspective, the shutdown had been successful. For three whole weeks, it had dominated the news, pushing aside stories about the President’s other troubles. Then came the New York Times report.