Somedays I wish that President Trump would just sleep in. Being leader of the free world must be tiring and a few extra hours of shut-eye (or until "Fox and Friends" ends) would do the health of the president and the republic a world of good.
The energetic executive was up early this morning though, tweeting around 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Perhaps because of too little sleep, the president seemed completely nonsensical, wholly unhinged, and totally wrong. He should've hit snooze instead.
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
Assuming that Trump is referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the infamous memo concerning former FBI Director James Comey, he's factually wrong. While Rosenstein laid out potential arguments for capping Comey, he stopped short of recommending that Trump actually fire the G-Man.
That small detail has become increasingly significant as the controversy unfolded.
When the White House tried defending the removal everyone cited the Rosenstein memo as a recommendation. Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the administration staff were getting in the habit of calling it that, until the president went on national television and contradicted them.
During an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump admitted that the Rosenstein memo was inconsequential, that "regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey."
The past admission that he was always going to go his own way, combined with the inconvenient fact that Rosenstein never directly recommended anything, completely undercut Trump's current argument. The president can't pin the firing of Comey on anyone except himself. He did it by himself.
None of this was center stage this morning though. When Trump woke up, a vicious press was decently docile and resting in the bipartisan glow of the last night's Congressional Baseball Game. Then he decided to pull their tail on Twitter.
An unfortunate cluster-mine, all at once the Trump tweet confirmed that he's under investigation, contradicted his past statements, and exhausted any remaining of his political capital. It didn't have to be this way.
The president could've just rolled over, slept in a few more hours, and kept the Friday news-cycle sleepy. Instead Trump jumped out of bed early and all but ensured that he will lose even more sleep at night going forward.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.