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A Trump lawyer caught gabbing about Russia at lunch racks up career errors

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Cobb also fell for a prankster pretending to be White House social media director Dan Scavino and using an account from "@emailprankster.co.uk." In that exchange, Cobb joked about using drones to attack a Business Insider reporter, Natasha Bertrand, whom Cobb had previously asked, "Are you on drugs?" (Cobb didn't respond to my email; perhaps I should have used an "emailprankster" account.)

Cobb's boss has been known to commit the occasional blunder himself. As I wrote earlier this year, McGahn, when representing the Trump campaign, filed virtually the same brief to the Federal Election Commission that another lawyer had filed earlier, an action election lawyers called highly unusual.

And the indiscretions of some of Cobb's colleagues are legendary, none more so than Anthony Scaramucci's profanity-laced tirade to the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza during the Mooch's glorious one-week White House career.

But until now, nobody in the White House but Cobb has been caught discussing sensitive matters within easy earshot of strangers while dining outdoors. Well, nobody except the president, who handled nuclear strategy with the Japanese prime minister while dining outdoors at Mar-a-Lago among members and guests. Somebody posted on social media a photo of the man who carries the nuclear football.

Trump's misjudgments are as legendary as Cobb's batting. Just this weekend he retweeted a doctored GIF of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf tee shot that originated with an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist using an obscene Twitter handle.

And we're only eight months in! It won't be long, at this rate, before Cobb tries to address a sensitive email to White House colleague Stephen Miller but accidentally sends it to Robert Mueller. Or he leaves his briefcase in a taxi and the next passenger is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee. Or he has an incriminating phone conversation with Trump while in an Uber driven by Vogel, who is moonlighting to pay off his BLT Steak tab.

Eventually, the defense secretary will butt-dial Al Jazeera from the Situation Room. And the CIA director, at a Nats game with the NSA chief, will discover with horror that their entire conversation about covert agents has been filmed by the "Kiss Cam."

Trump chief of staff John Kelly reportedly reprimanded Cobb over BLT-gate. But he deserves a commendation. If there is anything that has saved the country from the full force of Trump's madness, it is good, old-fashioned incompetence. He hasn't been able to hire people for many administration jobs, and many of those he has hired have proved to be second-rate, botching everything from handling the Russia probe to repealing Obamacare.

No runs, no hits -- and lots of errors.

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