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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Recap: Did not live up to the expectations..

I watched two live blog/tweet sites today. One liberal and one conservative. As expected the two reached different conclusions for the most part...

 but there was agreement on two major things....

The first was that nothing really new came out that would further implement the President or any of his associates. The second was that John McCain is losing his f-n mind.

The liberal site (Politico) offered at the end a couple of opinions: One was that there is a lot to "digest" along with the suggestion that the testimony was "damning" for the main reason of substantiating some of what already has been said. The suggestion was that the right cannot refer to it as unsubstantiated anymore. While another opinion was that the testimony probably allowed Trump supporters to wash it all away as nothing new.

The conservative site (Breitbart) had an entirely different take.  They offered it as a big nothing burger as it pertained to harming the President. Moreover, they are suggesting that the Comey testimony ultimately caused more problems for himself (admitted to leaking material that would most certainly be described as executive privilege) and for Lynch (who he suggested did pressure him in regards to the Clinton email investigation).

My personal take on this is that it offered one distinct clarification. That Comey felt pressured over the specific General Flynn investigation, but could not point to any attempts to obstruct the larger investigation into Russians, Trump campaign, etc...

This is probably the most important legal point that was made. I think it's awful hard (as pointed out in previous posts) to suggest that the President can be charged with obstruction for offering that a specific person should not be prosecuted. Past examples of other Presidents exercising this discretion, along with the existence of the Presidential Pardon offers both historical and constitutional proof of the authority of the President to make these sorts of determinations.

80 comments:

KD, That was fun to listen to said...

President Trump's Lawyer.


I know the left believes in some kind of non-sense where WHITES are by color "privileged".

Well, President Trump's Lawyer just publically lynched Loretta and The Cowardly Lion Comey.

james said...

Comey suggested the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller would probe the question of obstruction further.

“I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct,” he said, adding, “The special counsel will work … to try and understand what the intention was there.”

opie said...

It ain't close to being over. To the sycophants, being confronted by the POTUS hoping something would be done, is clearly being lectured to. Yes there were no direct orders, but being cornered, alone with donnie can certainly be construed as an order. Oh well, I am sure our esteemed host never had a boss who was intimidating even when not asking for something. Trump won nothing but he personally was not under investigation at the time . My guess is that is no longer true. LOL

C.H. Truth said...

It ain't close to being over.

The testimony is over.
The leaks appear to have dried up.

I look for a rehash of old news as new for the forseeable future, probably to the point where nearly everyone sees it as ridiculous.

The investigation itself?

More likely to find evidence of bigfoot than criminal collusion.

wphamilton said...

"Cowardly Lion" - that IS one of the things that really bothers me with Comey. Maybe the main reason that I don't trust him at all.

Why didn't he ask the President to clarify his instruction? Seriously, what was Comey thinking there, what could have possibly been his motivation?

Picturing this ... he's already uneasy that Trump cleared everyone out of the room. He feels like Trump was pressuring him, giving him a directive but ambiguously, that Comey felt was inappropriate. Or perhaps criminal. Why on Earth do you not say, "Mr. President, are you directing me to end the Flynn investigation?" Or at least, what are you asking of me? It is the President - don't you want to know, NEED to know, exactly what he's after?

Was Comey worried that Trump wanted him to do something illegal, and wanted to leave the President with the idea that he was on board? Was he giving the President plausible deniability, but if so WHY? Or was Comey all in at that point, hoping thereby to stay in the President's good graces?

The same thing with Lynch when she ordered him to downplay the Clinton investigation by referring to it as "a matter". Comey realized that she was coordinating with the Clinton campaign - he claims now - but he goes along? Shouldn't he have been asking her questions at that point, you know, FBI stuff? But Comey goes along with it, propping up the Clinton campaign in the Primary, and then tries to stab them in the back later.

If Comey had had the backbone and integrity then, to keep politics out of his FBI investigation, perhaps he wouldn't have been tested later by President Trump and just maybe if he was, he wouldn't have failed that test.

Looking at it that way, it's not that unreasonable for Trump to expect Comey to fall in line. He'd already done it once, and people like Trump can smell that kind of weakness. The only thing that surprises me is Trump not anticipating him stabbing him in the back when he got the chance.

opie said...

Why didn't he ask the President to clarify his instruction?

Ever have a tyrannical boss who didn't give you precise orders....Did you just nod your head and move on or did you take the chance to get a beating/??????

wphamilton said...

The investigation itself?

More likely to find evidence of bigfoot than criminal collusion.


Well we'll see. It won't be easy for Mueller to reach Obstruction based on Comey's testimony anyway. Unclean hands for one thing, and who the heck can ascertain Trump's intent from one sentence, given the idiotic statements he comes out with? That's not happening.

Collusion, that's still a big question. If there IS collusion, there are four or five people involved at least and one of them will crack. Let's face it: Trump's people aren't smart enough to keep it together, and those secrets will tumble out eventually. If we DON'T see that happen, then there really is nothing there and all of that suspicious behavior really is just a bunch of guys in over their heads after all, just bumbling about. Keep an open mind; either is possible and we'll see soon enough.

KD, This is more fun, President Trump, wow, so much economic good news said...

Opie, I for one do not want this over, it keeps the main stream occupied, it stops any message the Dems got, IF they have one at all that will win elections, I want more of this, hell let's get AG Lynch in the box next.


WP, I am using the WP/CHT rule for the last three days, it is working just fine.


You know I am a LEO --- as in the thin blue line, as in All COPS lives Matter.

Comey is the worst kind of LEO, a coward, IF you can not do the job you are Sworn to do, then get out.



Ever have a tyrannical boss who didn't give you precise orders....Did you just nod your head and move on or did you take the chance to get a beating" opie

You mean that Comey was about to get a physical asskicking from Trump?

james said...

Meanwhile, there were three winners and three losers in Comey's Senate testimony:

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5548360050548401665&postID=8784617831467521833&isPopup=true&bpli=1#form

wphamilton said...

Ever have a tyrannical boss who didn't give you precise orders....Did you just nod your head and move on or did you take the chance to get a beating/??????

I asked him what he wanted, like anyone with a spine would. And if he reacted that badly, he's told to take a hike.

And yes I contracted for a guy that, if he wasn't running a con at least wasn't fully honest with his clients. I gave it a couple of weeks until I was sure, and ended our arrangement. Everyone eventually faces a choice.

wphamilton said...

WP, I am using the WP/CHT rule for the last three days, it is working just fine.

I have noticed. It makes things easier doesn't it, when you just don't give a crap about any of that stuff.

rrb said...

I look for a rehash of old news as new for the forseeable future, probably to the point where nearly everyone sees it as ridiculous.
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i agree, except that no one in the media will see it as ridiculous. the TDS is too strong.

the ny times especially was made to look as partisan and hackish today as can be. but that won't stop them from doubling down on their hackishness tomorrow.



opie said...

And if he reacted that badly, he's told to take a hike.

Not sure if you really worked for a tyrant. I had a boss whose claim to fame was yelling, cussing and intimidating while calling the crew a bunch of hard working failures His secretary would come into a conference room and announce it was going to get loud and close the door to avoid hearing the yelling.......There was no easy escape for his wrath.....just my personal experience, the guy was also one of the smartest guys I ever met which made is tirades even worse. Oh well, I guess you missed out of a real life experience!!! LOLLOL

BTW, one of the more interesting things was he had a daughter who worked there. .....who would remind you often who her dad was, her main talent. I imagine the trump spawn did similar things

KD, James, in your own words , please said...

I look for a rehash of old news as new for the forseeable future, probably to the point where nearly everyone sees it as ridiculous." CHT

Well, Chris Matthews stated it is over, when you loss him, your side is in deep trouble. Chris Matthews "Collusion Theory fell apart"

WP - Yes, keeping to the issues and not to the personalities of CHT.

KD, Jane, like to know your point said...

James, I might be the only one here, but, I cut n pasted your "Winners and Losers" link, IT looped back to this thread.

IN your own words what was your point?

James said...

THREE WINNERS AND THREE LOSERS

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/james-comey-trump-russia-testimony-239294

James said...

Removing Trump Is a Longshot but So Was Electing Trump

Evan Osnos: “By any normal accounting, the chance of a Presidency ending ahead of schedule is remote. In two hundred and twenty-eight years, only one President has resigned; two have been impeached, though neither was ultimately removed from office; eight have died. But nothing about Trump is normal. Although some of my sources maintained that laws and politics protect the President to a degree that his critics underestimate, others argued that he has already set in motion a process of his undoing. All agree that Trump is unlike his predecessors in ways that intensify his political, legal, and personal risks. He is the first President with no prior experience in government or the military, the first to retain ownership of a business empire, and the oldest person ever to assume the Presidency.”
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The really bad thing about Trump is that he neither knows how to be President nor knows that he does not know, and for that reason listens to no one.

C.H. Truth said...

If there IS collusion, there are four or five people involved at least and one of them will crack.

WP...

- Flynn is under investigation for other matters (only "touches" the Russian probe according to Comey).
- Manafort is another separate investigation that is based largely on previous allegations of international money laundering that involves Russian businesses.
- Page is "barely" a Trump associate (loosely connected according to sources) and appears to be a businessman who has connections in Russia.
- Stone is another person "loosely" associated with Trump who boasted that he knew Guccier and had ties to Assange. He seems more like a braggart who wants you to believe he had inside information.
- Cohen? Accused of having Dinner with a Ukrainian politician? Seriously?
- Kushner? Only called a person of interest, but never considered a target. Seemingly being asked about discrepancies between his disclosure of foreign meetings and records that show that he might have missed one or two.


The main problem is that none of these people who are said to be part of the investigation are tied to "each other" in any manner that anyone can tell. They are missing some sort of "connection" - some sort of "organization" if they are looking for collusion.

The parts seem weak, and the sum of the parts may even be weaker.

James said...

Expressing it even better:
Trump Doesn’t Understand His Job

Jack Goldsmith: “Trump does not remotely understand his role, status, and duties as President and Chief Executive, and this failure infects or undermines just about everything he does. It is an amazing state of affairs: A President of the United States who does not at all grasp the Office he occupies, and who thus entirely lacks the proper situation sense, or contextual knowledge, in which a President should exercise judgment or act. Let that sink in, and then imagine all of the decisions a President must make, all that he is responsible for.”
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Scary. He doesn;t even know how to want help.

Loretta said...

Spam

Loretta said...

Spam

James said...

William Jeffress, a white-collar defense attorney who represented Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby during the Wilson investigation, agreed the Comey testimony stopped short of making an air-tight case for an obstruction of justice charge.

“But it makes very clear that Trump has no appreciation or respect for the independence of law enforcement in our system,” he said. “And calling out Trump’s lies was very forceful and damaging to the president.”

James said...

definition of spam:
e-mail that is sent to large numbers of people and that consists mostly of advertising

C.H. Truth said...

BTW WP....

Comey completely shot down the story that there were any contacts between the Trump team and Russian "intelligence". Of course, anyone who read past the NYT headline on that "fake news" story already knew it was bogus.

Another one of those unknown sources citing allegations (page one paragraph one) that the reporter admittedly states has no actual evidence that backs it up (page two paragraph twelve). I believe the story was that sources stated that they had heard of contacts, but actually had seen no evidence of it. NYT runs with it (of course).

Loretta said...

Troll

Loretta said...

Troll

C.H. Truth said...

Spam:

1) irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.
2) unwanted or intrusive messages on the Internet


I guess it would depend on whether or not your messages are considered unwanted? Any clue as to how wanted your C&P is?

Loretta said...

CNN, NY Times, Washington Post were all called Fake News...under oath...by the former FBI director.

Let that wash over you πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

James said...

spam
Unsolicted emails, most of which offer penis extensions under wordings to avoid filters, such as "exp and y00r man - rod" or "giv e her good lu ving with huu uuge man - st i ck"

Someone said:
According to all my spam emails, each extending my penis up to 4", I could potentially have a penis approximately 4 miles long.

Loretta said...

Sicko

James said...

Ch, posting a picture of me without my permission, a clear violation of the rules of blogging -- could that be considered spam?

Loretta said...

Trump was never under an FBI investigation while Comey was director...

Comey admitted he lied for the Obama administration, which wanted to help Hillary...

James Comey is a big leaking leaker who leaks...

Trump never asked Comey to drop the Flynn case...

Trump never asked Comey to drop the FBI probe into Russia...

Bad, bad day for bitter clingers.

BIGLY bad. 😁

Loretta said...

Never happened.

Indy Voter said...

What, no posting on the UK election?

James said...

Remember posting that picture, Ch?

james said...

Crickets.

james said...

House Intel Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff said that if Trump has been taping in the White House, those tapes would be the best proof of obstruction of justice.

Schiff was asked if the Comey dinner alone was enough to prove obstruction of justice during an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation.

He answered, “The difficulty and I look at this also as a former prosecutor. Can you prove obstruction based on the President’s own words? When we don’t know if we can believe this president. We already know that there are those close to Comey who have a very different take, also a troubling take on that dinner conversation, so I’m not sure you can prove the case based on this, but if there are tapes, of course, that would be the best evidence of what took place. If they exist, Congress needs to get them. If they are not provided willingly, Congress should subpoena them, and if they are not in existence if this was yet another fabrication by the President, he needs to come clean about it.”
__________________

The White House will neither confirm nor deny the existence of these tapes. If those tapes exist, Congress wants them. Any tapes would be the best proof a prosecutor could have for a potential charge of obstruction of justice.

If the tapes don’t exist, Trump looks like a crazy liar.

james said...

The White House will neither confirm nor deny the existence of these tapes.

Sort of like Ch neither confirming or denying that he posted my picture.

Loretta said...

Troll.

Loretta said...

“The last person in the world who should be leaking information is the director of the FBI." -Alan M. Dershowitz

http://on.msnbc.com/2s1SgDb

james said...



Wp Hamilton said...
"How about we all leave off with the personal insult stuff?"

Indy Voter said...

Biggest loser so far is the SNP, down five seats. Labour hasn't lost a seat yet but has won four Conservative seats. Still less than 1/4 of the seats called though.

Indy Voter said...

SNP may be losing large percentage of seats. Already lost two that it won by 20℅+ in 2015. Conservatives doing better than expected there, possibly well enough to push them to a majority overall.

Indy Voter said...

Scotland is saving the Conservatives. Wow. Read that they haven't had more than one seat there in 25 years. Have five already tonight. Just past the halfway mark on seats called.

Indy Voter said...

Heh. The Lib Dems finally managed to hold one of their seats. They'd picked up three seats but lost two of their own prior to this.

Labour has lost two seats to the Conservatives but won more than a dozen in return. Holding on to an overall lead of about 12 seats, but most of the uncalled seats are Conservative seats, so that won't last.

Indy Voter said...

Conservatives finally pulling ahead of Labour. Nine(!) seats in Scotland so far. Three more than for Labour.

Indy Voter said...

Eleven seats in Scotland for the Conservatives! They are -21 head to head against Labour, but those seats will make it easy for May to form a government. Almost certain they will fall short of a majority though.

Roger Amick said...

It's not going away.

Loretta said...

"Correct, not me. Quote me all you like, but I do request that people refrain from impersonating me." The real WP

Loretta said...

No, it's not going away. Comey, Loretta Lynch and Obama have some serious legal issues ahead.

rrb said...

Loretta said...

No, it's not going away. Comey, Loretta Lynch and Obama have some serious legal issues ahead.
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this could easily and quickly become one of those "be careful what you wish for" situations.

hillary meets with the FBI - not under oath - for three and a half hours and nothing was recorded.

lynch directs comey to lie using the approved language of the clinton campaign and he does.

but then comey feels the need to memorialize every interaction with trump based upon the fear that trump "might" lie. and then leaks it via some columbia law hack to the ny times.

so no, this shouldn't go away. in fact, comey just supplied the trump administration with enough ammo to turn the tables on the investigation.


comey confirmed the suspicions of many - he's a hack, a liar, and a coward.


Roger Amick said...

I have a lot of time.I watched way too much

There were a lot of spare time so I thought about it and I came to the conclusion that in the end of the special prosecutor will be the continuing problem who the president and his son-in-law for the foreseeable future and I don't see you any of this going to make it easy in any easier for mr. Trump tw

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to govern one of the biggest problems is he does not know how the governor out he doesn't think so he got to see what what the hell is going to happen the president does not know how to govern and you can notice that from the way many Paul Ryan said that he doesn't know much about it so the big bottom line is it the impeachment Clause should be used because he is incompetent and ineligible and in dangerous and I'd rather take Mike Pence even though as far more conservative intelligent over that guy that is I think really dangerous and by the way one lucky man very very lucky man I'll talk about it later







Roger Amick said...

My comments may be a little goofy I'm having to talk them out and the keyboard on my cell phone only thing I have with me is acting up and so I'll just talk it out and take it from there. Mr. Trump really does not know how to govern and we have to put up with that and he may have some good ideas on making any progress. At least he did not tweet this morning and looking like an idiot. All roads on the app on blood across it said it was a bombshell I thought they overdid it I think it was the biggest thing as a disease continuous special prosecutor in place if you can't stop and we have to find a way to keep the Russians out of our system thank you

rrb said...



wow. when you fall off the wagon you fall hard.

so much for that new poker chip.

Roger Amick said...

Okay a little update I got to call last Thursday afternoon evening UCLA said be there and that's for some scrambling we got people there and they put me in about one in the morning Friday morning and I don't have any memories until someone in Sunday 12 hour surgery. The old liver was 30 pounds. A qualified replacement was available my Pure Luck and and it's in place the anti-rejection drugs are working and they are happy with her progress and I am too very very professional anything like this Simply Amazing. The recovery period is about six months three months is pretty good start six months he basically down to everything else. I'm loaded up all kinds of drugs and you can imagine and it's a little screwy but I'm here and it's just simply amazing experience the people are so dedicated and go to work at the Ronald Reagan Building and perform look like miracles. Heads up well let's say it's interesting but I'll stop and I wouldn't have much longer before how women in the ground but not now. In about six months I will be normal the regular dosage of anti-rejection drugs and life. I've been blessed and that has to be there has to be a reason for this and my lovely wife has been there and throughout all had to sit for 12 hours waiting to know if I was going to come out alive it's just simply amazing I know loss support hundreds of people and friends and relatives and just you know Facebook friends and all that stuff in it and the Elks club we belong to it's just fantastic I'm a lucky man and I'm not going to let it go to waste. That's enough on the My Health but I'm doing fine better than most people because I work my ass off so good good morning and let's hope we can survive Donald Trump he is very dangerous because he just really doesn't know what the hell he's doing. Impeachment Maybe

Roger Amick said...

My comments may be a little goofy I'm having to talk them out and the keyboard on my cell phone only thing I have with me is acting up and so I'll just talk it out and take it from there. Mr. Trump really does not know how to govern and we have to put up with that and he may have some good ideas on making any progress. At least he did not tweet this morning and looking like an idiot. All roads on the app on blood across it said it was a bombshell I thought they overdid it I think it was the biggest thing as a disease continuous special prosecutor in place if you can't stop and we have to find a way to keep the Russians out of our system thank you

Roger Amick said...

Okay I'm going to have to do a little this way. A quick update had a 12 hour procedure and I'm a very lucky man according to the doctors how fully recover and let's put it this way I had a 30 30 pound liver and they had to take to do a lot of modifications 12 hours of surgery 47 units of blood and simply amazing these people are dedicated in ways you just cannot imagine that's enough of that so we should consider impeachment to get rid of the incompetent and dangerous goofball and put a responsible Republican they do exist in place of the nuts is crazy

Roger Amick said...

I'm not getting angry period I'm I've been blessed Jimmy and I know it I'm not going into that way go to waste. The original liver was dead they came up with one that same evening last Friday night Friday morning and are you a fairly young woman and donated and they got in there they had to redo a lot of stuff and I'm just now starting to start to get out walk and well I'm a lucky man and I hope you have a good life and I'm going to have one it is not a folder this is a blessing from some higher power however you want to think about it you got

Roger Amick said...

It's five year break one week and one day after I got my 50 or chip I got the phone call in the late needing to be at UCLA by about 1 in the morning and we arranged it and they put me out and here I am smiling and feeling blessed.

opie said...

Loretta said...
No, it's not going away. Comey, Loretta Lynch and Obama have some serious legal issues ahead.

You can pray and hope all you want.....that ain't gonna happen. LOL

rrb said...




well rog, an unnamed source told me that you have indeed fallen off the wagon, so in the spirit of the ny times and MSDNC i'm going with the unnamed source's story over yours.

i will however corroborate the unnamed source's story with additional unnamed sources as they become available if that makes you feel any better.

see how this works now?

cool, ain't it?

Loretta said...

"this could easily and quickly become one of those "be careful what you wish for" situations."

Which is exactly what I said when Mueller was appointed.

Loretta said...

An anonymous source is a source, of course, of course.

And no one can talk to a source of course.

That is, of course, unless the source is leaking to the famous NYT.

Commonsense said...

It won't be easy for Mueller to reach Obstruction based on Comey's testimony anyway.

If Mueller thought he had a case for obstruction, he would have never let Comey testify in public.

Commonsense said...

Biggest loser so far is the SNP

I think the Scottish independence referendum will be on hold for awhile.

Commonsense said...

May lost her majority in parliament. She now has to try to form a minority government.

She gambled and lost big time.

1. There is no mandate for he Brexit negotiations.

2. My guess it is a solid rebuke to how her government was handling the terrorist threat.

rrb said...

An anonymous source is a source, of course, of course.

And no one can talk to a source of course.

That is, of course, unless the source is leaking to the famous NYT.
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ha!

you're still pretty sharp for an old broad.

;->

wphamilton said...

If Mueller thought he had a case for obstruction, he would have never let Comey testify in public.

Sure and at the least Mueller would have a meeting with Comey first, to go over what Comey could say and what details he'd have to avoid. ... oh, wait ...

Commonsense said...

My point exactly WP. If Mueller thought there was obstruction he would have instructed Comey not the answer the question or the cancel the appearence.

James said...

EXCERPT FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:
National Security
Comey: White House lied about me, FBI
By Devlin Barrett, Ellen Nakashima and Ed O'Keefe June 8 at 8:38 PM

Former FBI director James B. Comey on Thursday used a dramatic appearance before a national audience to sharply criticize the character of the president, accusing Trump of firing him over the Russia investigation and then misleading the public about the reasons for the dismissal.

Trump and his team, Comey said, told “lies, plain and simple,” about him and the FBI in an effort to cover up the real reason for his sudden sacking last month. Comey said that after one particularly odd private meeting with the president, he feared Trump “might lie” about the conversation, prompting him to begin taking careful notes after each encounter.

Comey revealed that after he was fired, he leaked notes on his interactions with Trump to the media, hoping that sharing the information would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the administration over possible links to Russia.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Loretta said...

Troll

Loretta said...

"you're still pretty sharp for an old broad."

😎

James said...

James said that Wp said,

"How about we all leave off with the personal insult stuff?"

Loretta said...

How about you quit impersonating WP, and start respecting CH'S RULES, troll.

cowardly king obama said...

Look, james can't even figure out what cut-n-paste spamming is so he continues mindlessly on, ignoring explicit requests.

Very lame, rude, unbecoming and a total waste of everyone's time.
It would be very embarrassing to him if he had any sense of self-worth.

Good luck with explaining anything to him...

James said...

How about you try real hard to figure out that "James said Wp said" followed by a quotation from Wp is not impersonating, but quoting.

(Forgive me if that sounds a bit like a personal attack.)

Also, "troll" is personal attack. Can't help yourself can you?

Loretta said...

"Very lame, rude, unbecoming and a total waste of everyone's time.
It would be very embarrassing to him if he had any sense of self-worth.

Good luck with explaining anything to him..."

Despicable old man.

james said...

Wp suggests we leave off with the personal insult stuff.

james said...

Trump has at last commented on the Comey testimony with a tweet:
' "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

Yeah, Comey did leak the contents of a memo he carefully kept about a conversation with Trump. He did that, both the keeping and the leaking, because he did not trust Trump to be truthful, especially after his first meeting with the Liar in Chief.

Comey noted, "...my judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square...and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. Didn't do it myself, for a variety of reasons. But I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel."

Another reason was because, Comey said that after Trump had fired him, the administration "chose to defame me, and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader... Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I'm so sorry that the American people were told them."

In that context, Trump and the denizens of this blog are the only people on the planet who see him now as "totally and completely vindicated" LOL.

If that were true, there would be all sorts of pressure to stop the continuing investigation. Yet even Republican reps are calling for openness about any tapes Trump may have made of Comey. Either admit that they exist and release them or admit that Trump (sort of) lied about that too.

This is my own commentary. You're welcome. James :-)

james said...

What Republicans Are Saying This Morning

Playbook: “Forget what the White House thinks of yesterday’s testimony. We spent the day in the Capitol, talking to Republican members of Congress — the ones that have to vote on President Donald Trump’s agenda — and they were absolutely shocked at how poorly yesterday went for the president. Publicly they say that the president is a political neophyte who is still learning the presidency. But privately, they said James Comey was extraordinarily convincing and Trump’s team absolutely botched their response. They’re all afraid of more shoes dropping.

“Trump’s political standing on Capitol Hill is growing more and more perilous. Meanwhile, the RNC’s principal rebuttal seemed to be that the Obama administration had a bad day — which is true, but almost entirely irrelevant.

“Republicans were shocked just how well Comey came across. He didn’t try to jam his viewpoint down the committee’s throat, he was confident but not cocky and admitted, on several occasions, that his impression of his interactions could’ve be faulty, but the evidence otherwise seemed overwhelming to lawmakers.”
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And to the thinking public.