"Hey, look, I can't be doing so badly, because I'm President and you're not"

In an interview out this morning, President Trump tells TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer, in response to a question about the risk to his reputation caused by false and ever-changing utterances: “Hey, look, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m President and you’re not.”

That “My Way” approach is part of the reason the Russia story has been festering, and now is erupting.

Health-care reform will be dead and born again many times before its true fate is sealed. That’s how complicated legislation works.

But the Russia story is going from fishy, to career-ending (Manafort, Flynn), to investigation-worthy, to FBI criminal probe, to a wide, Watergate-like scandal that could bring all of government to a halt…