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Friday, 19 May 2017 01:00

Congressional memo: G.O.P. Highlights Alternate Legislative Universe as Trump’s Woes Pile Up

Written by  JENNIFER STEINHAUER

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers still gather in committee rooms to discuss matters like improving chronic disease management and amphibious warfare.

Statues of Ben Franklin and other luminaries of history remain swathed in eerie plastic to protect them from protracted tests of the Capitol’s smoke detection systems.

Senate pages bumble around the chamber in ill-fitting jackets, racing to get their bosses glasses of water.

But through it all, everyone watches their Google alerts with a mild sense of panic, waiting for the next daily — sometimes hourly — missive of dysfunction.

“I can’t believe it,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said as he ambled off the Senate floor this week shaking his head, moments after news broke that James B. Comey, who was fired as F.B.I. director, had left memos saying that President Trump had asked him to shut down an investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

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