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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Comey testimony has potential peril for the left...

Everyone assumes that James Comey's testimony this week will provide another "nail in the coffin" for Donald Trump. Think of the slobber coming off the chin of a St, Benard and you can get a feel for how much many liberals are looking forward to the Comey testimony.

But much like the stock market will "price something in" even before it happens, I believe that the idea that Comey will suggest that Donald Trump tried to "obstruct" the FBI investigation has already been assumed by many people, and has already been factored into people's mindset.

So the best case scenario for the never Trumpers is that he tells them what they expect that he will, and reinforce what has already been assumed by many people. That doesn't seem like much of an upside?


But what happens if he doesn't say what the left expects him to say?

This morning there are reports out that James Comey is "not" planning to testify that he felt that his investigation was obstructed by Trump. Of course nobody really knows what Comey will say or how he will answer specific questions.  (Moreover, nobody can know how the media will report what he says - although I have a pretty good idea). Bottom line, this is just another anonymous source likely providing speculation based on limited information.

Will Comey meet the "expectations" of the left?

But it should raise the question about the possibility that Comey testifies that he didn't feel pressured enough in any of his meetings with Trump to fall within the scope of "obstruction". In fact, given what we know about Comey and his appreciation for following protocol, it would seem unlikely that he did actually feel there was obstruction, but chose not to report it.  But, either way, if he comes out and denies (to any degree) that he felt he was being obstructed, it's going to create a challenge for the NYT, WaPo, CNN, and gang to provide the juicy headline that they have no doubt already written a hundred times over in their dreams.

Moreover, what would happen to the "case" that the media and the Democrats have been building in regards to Trump breaking the law by obstructing justice? Notes or no notes, it would have been a dubious case of "he said she said" even if Comey had suggested that he felt (based on private conversations) that his investigation was obstructed. Perhaps with specific sworn allegations from Comey along with other questionable actions, a case could be made (although many top constitutional scholars disagree) that Trump was attempting to obstruct justice. But without the absolute testimony of the key player to all of this, one would think that those allegations start to look less and less tangible.

This looks an awful lot like a break even / lose proposition for the left. Perhaps they are the ones who should be most concerned.

28 comments:

Loretta said...

But the left likes him again. Or was that last week? No, three weeks ago they said he cost Hillary the election, and had no credibility.

Wait, that was last month...

Commonsense said...

This is going to hurt.

DONALD TRUMP'S APPROVAL RATING IS BETTER THAN BILL CLINTON'S AT THIS POINT IN HIS FIRST TERM

President Donald Trump is by no means popular—compared with his predecessors, his approval rating has been remarkably low during his time in the White House. But there's some small solace for the president this week: His approval rating is, at least for the moment, a hair better than where President Bill Clinton stood at the same point in his first term.

opie said...

Going to be fun listening to every word comey says. Will he or won't he. I'll avoid speculation like our esteemed host made and say again, lets wait for the show, it is less than a day away. I wonder if the liar in chief will tweet his disdain during the hearing. Now that will be telling of his mental state. We shall see and I am sure will be subject of much discourse after the hearing. It will be fun to see how much spin CH will put on the actual words and poor logic he will use to make him feel better.

Commonsense said...

I don't think you're going to have as much fun as you think.

opie said...

And I think your clinton BS missed a few things from the newsweek article. Cherry picking again. As to having fun......it is going to be a blast in spite of you praying for the devil trump.

compared with his predecessors, his approval rating has been remarkably low during his time in the White House. But there's some small solace for the president this week: His approval rating is, at least for the moment, a hair better than where President Bill Clinton stood at the same point in his first term.

Different polling outfits put Trump at varying levels of approval, but the RealClearPolitics average had him at 39.8 percent Tuesday, while the weighted average from FiveThirtyEight had him at exactly 39 percent. Not great numbers, but still better than Clinton. On Day 138 of his presidency, just 37.8 percent of Americans approved of the job he was doing, according to FiveThirtyEight.

If you compare where each president stood at this point in the Gallup tracking poll, however, the two are deadlocked. The most recent Gallup survey pegged Trump's approval at 37 percent, the exact same figure the polling company

opie said...

More misses from menstral childs feel good he hopes post. He really should read things when the whole story is rather crappy for the liar in chief...

Clinton's numbers soon turned around, and by the end of June, Gallup had him in the mid-40s. By the time he left office, 66 percent of the country approved of him.

Wonder how long before the liar in chief's numbers turn around.. I doubt it will be anything close to clintons performance, LOLOLOLOL

Commonsense said...

Then again Trump may be the most popular president since Ronald Reagan.

opie said...

Commonsense said...
Then again Trump may be the most popular president since Ronald Reagan.

And where would that be, La La Land??? Need to have a hit of what you are smoking. LOL

Commonsense said...

I'll leave bong hits and excessive pie eating to you.

rrb said...




so clapper thinks that the russian hacking deal is worse than watergate?


how would he know? -


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was caught off guard Monday by a question on the widely-covered arrest of 12 men in an alleged terror plot in London. Today, Clapper's spokeswoman admits that it was because he had not been briefed on the arrests.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, taped Monday afternoon, Clapper was asked about the arrests, which had happened hours before and were featured on all of the network morning news broadcasts. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan, who were also participating in the joint interview, were aware of the arrests.

"First of all, London," Sawyer began. "How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here? ... Director Clapper?"

"London?" Clapper said after a pause, before Brennan entered the conversation explaining the arrests.

Later in the interview, Sawyer returned to the subject.

"I was a little surprised you didn't know about London," Sawyer told Clapper.

"Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't," he replied.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/director-national-intelligence-james-clapper-briefed-london-arrests/story?id=12458010


opie said...

Commonsense said...
I'll leave bong hits and excessive pie eating to you.

Our cogent GED fails again to post a relevant point. LOLOLOL

rrb said...




“To constitute an obstruction offense, the administration of law has to be impeded with a corrupt state of mind. Your disagreement with an exercise of discretion does not turn it into corruption. It may be a lapse in judgment, even a serious lapse; but that doesn’t make it a crime.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/448362/can-trump-really-be-fed-sessions-after-just-four-months


KD, WP/CHT Rule in effect for me again today said...

"THE 2nd COMEY"

that is how the left is treating the sissy bitch that is afraid of President Trump's shadow.

caliphate4vr said...

so clapper thinks that the russian hacking deal is worse than watergate?

Don't forget Clapper is the idiot that said the Muslim Brotherhood was secular.

rrb said...



DNI James Clapper Muslim Brotherhood Largely Secular

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POwd44zH9GA



whatta tool.


KD said...

so clapper thinks that the russian hacking deal is worse than watergate?"

Weird, Obama said that he told Putin to stop and he did.


DNC and Hillary along with Obama assured us they would stand with the US Voters ,,,, that was until the voters voted and they lost.

This is getting to be a running very funny joke, on the Radicalized Democrats and the Propaganda Press.

opie said...

And the American people said drain the swamp as we get trump inc lead by his spawn ripping cancer kids off through their charity. What a joke they are

rrb said...


The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will no longer allow prosecutors to strike settlement agreements with big companies directing them to make payouts to outside groups, ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans decried as a “slush fund” that padded the accounts of liberal interest groups.

In a memo sent to 94 U.S. attorneys' offices early Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would end the practice that allowed companies to meet settlement burdens by giving money to groups that were neither victims nor parties to the case.

Sessions said the money should, instead, go to the Treasury Department or victims.

“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people—not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” Sessions said in a statement.

Conservatives have long fought the policy introduced under the Obama administration. Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers introduced legislation that would prohibit the Department of Justice from requiring defendants to donate money to outside groups, after concerns that the settlements bypass congressional appropriations processes.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/07/doj-ends-holder-era-slush-fund-payouts-to-outside-groups.html


nice. another one of 0linsky's nefarious practices gets scuttled.

opie said...

ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans decried as a “slush fund” that padded the accounts of liberal interest groups.

Unlike the slush funds allowed by citizens united under the guise of free speech. They should end that travesty also.

rrb said...



A House Democrat will soon launch an official attempt to impeach President Trump.

Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, resident dumb fuck, and member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is readying the articles of impeachment that mark the first official step in any congressional bid to remove a sitting president.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/336677-house-dem-drafting-articles-of-impeachment-for-trump

KD, RRB you rock said...

I Support this move 110%.

Impeach Trump, now, please

KD, Great Job Sessions said...


The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will no longer allow prosecutors to strike settlement agreements with big companies directing them to make payouts to outside groups, ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans decried as a “slush fund” that padded the accounts of liberal interest groups" RRB


Really, WTF, the Lost YEARS are being cleaned up, it will take a long time.

KD, I want Comey to fire up Trump tomorrow hearings said...

They should end that travesty also" Mr Opie


Why is it that you ask the Republicans to clean up ?

cowardly king obama said...


I see Comey has put out his prepared remarks (or was it leaked ?)

Talk about a big nothingburger

KD, Count Down to Pres Pence said...

The 2nd Comey is pushing out stuff today to get the "right" questions asked by the Dems, his puppets, tomorrow.

It is so much Kabuki theater

KD said...

Meanwhile, the US Economy continues to recover from the damage of the LOST YEARS.

"Purchase applications for home mortgages rose a seasonally adjusted 10 percent to the highest level since May 2010 in the June 2 week, a sharp increase "

It is so easy .

opie said...

JCPenney to close up to 140 stores - Feb. 24, 2017
money.cnn.com/2017/02/24/news/companies/jcpenney-closing-stores
JCPenney plans to shutter as many as 140 stores in the coming months, the latest traditional retailer to announce closings. The department store chain did ...

Oops........LOL

opie said...

Another reason I abhor righteous republicon's.... their hate of women and blacks and it shows while the sycophants here defend the molestor in chief no matter what.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-kamala-harris-interrupted-not-181700979.html