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For the past year, White House aides have leaked stories about President Trump’s unhinged tirades against his many “enemies,” said Jonathan Chait. Last week, Fox & Friends “gave outsiders unfiltered access to the sorts of rants he routinely imposes upon his staff.” The interview, with openly pro-Trump talk show hosts, went off the rails almost immediately, with Trump ranting about the “phony” Russia investigation. He called the FBI’s leadership corrupt and “a disgrace,” and said the Justice Department should be prosecuting Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, “not the nonsense of collusion with Russia.” In a blatant threat to the rule of law, Trump said he’s “trying” to stay away from the Justice Department’s investigation for now, “but at some point, I won’t.” Along the way, Trump admitted that lawyer Michael Cohen represented him in “this crazy Stormy Daniels deal”—thus contradicting earlier denials he knew anything about it, and undermining Cohen’s defense. The president was doing so much damage to himself that the Fox & Friends hosts—whose smiles turned to frozen, anxious chagrin—“ushered Trump off the phone, insisting he must be busy.” Too late. We all just saw how “bonkers” Trump really is.