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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

Posted on: May 10, 2017

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As I have written many times, often writing posts in the Trump-age feels like an exercise in futility because by the time they are posted they are already out of date. I fear this post will be the same… so we must stay on top of latest news via the comments!

What we know: FBI Director James Comey has been fired by Donald Trump, his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, with Rosenstein writing the explanation. (Rosenstein had previously been viewed as an honest man. He was confirmed just a few weeks ago to the Justice Deparment with a 94-6 vote in the Senate. But as Philippe Reines pointed out, if Rosenstein was an honest man he would have answered Trump and Sessions’ demand that Comey be fired with: “No, I refuse.” Instead, he wrote his own epitaph as a coward.) The administrations explanation for firing Comey is: it’s Hillary’s fault. Also, her e-mails.

I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.

It is not the function of the director to make such an announcement. At most, the director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department.

This is, of course, laughable on its face and no one can take this explanation seriously except maybe Fox News, which suddenly shows great concern for how Comey treated poor Hillary Clinton. Even Roger Stone (!) expressed regret: “What Comey did to Hillary was disgraceful. I’m glad Trump fired him over it,” he said to Alex Pfeiffer. We know, of course, the firing had nothing to do with Clinton. It is about the FBI’s investigation of Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 Presidential election.

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James Comey has been an enigma for a long time. His press conference announcing that his agency would not recommend charges against Clinton over use of a private e-mail server, while blasting her in such a public manner, seemed inexplicable. Some stories later suggested Comey wanted to reveal information about Russian interference in our election in the summer of 2016, but was stopped by Obama. Then Comey refused to sign on to other agencies’ announcement of this info in the Fall of 2016 because it was too close to the election and he didn’t wish to interfere. But his Letter just days before the election, announcing discovery of new e-mails on the computer of Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin’s husband, did precisely what he claimed earlier he didn’t wish to do: he changed the outcome of an election. What a bizarre story arc for a man who once rushed to the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft to stop the Bush/Cheney administration from spying on Americans. None of it made sense. Until last week when Comey testified before the Senate. Finally the fog lifted.

I could see two doors and they were both actions. One was labeled speak, the other was labeled conceal. Because here’s how I thought about it, I’m not trying to talk you into this, but I want you to know my thinking. Having repeatedly told this Congress, we are done and there’s nothing there, there’s no case there, there’s no case there, to restart in a hugely significant way, potentially finding the emails that would reflect on her intent from the beginning and not speak about it would require an active concealment, in my view.

And so I stared at speak and conceal. Speak would be really bad. There’s an election in 11 days, Lordy, that would be really bad. Concealing in my view would be catastrophic, not just to the FBI, but well beyond. And honestly, as between really bad and catastrophic, I said to my team we got to walk into the world of really bad.

In the end, this long term public servant fell for the oldest tragic flaw, the one Greeks wrote plays about: Hubris. Comey just thinks of himself as the last honest man in America. Our own Prolix has written a few times that Comey isn’t corrupt, he is Righteous and his own belief in his Righteousness is where things can get murky. It’s true that his Righteousness is why I think ultimately he could have been trusted with the FBI investigation into Trump/Russia. But his zealotry came with unintended – even by him – consequences: the election of Donald Trump as President. In an honest desire to be seen as non-partisan Comey managed to ruin the reputation of his favorite agency. With his fear of being taken to task by Republicans, who would smear him and the FBI if he did not tell them about the Abedin e-mails, Comey compromised himself as an honest broker of truth. He misassigned the concepts of “bad” and “catastrophic.” He thought not telling Congress about the e-mails would be catastrophic. In fact, not telling Republicans and becoming the target of their wrath would have been bad. Affecting the outcome of a Presidential election was catastrophic.

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(There were also the grave issues that in his testimony to the Senate Comey gave inaccurate information about Abedin’s e-mails, falsely claiming “tens and thousands” of messages had been sent by her to her husband’s computer. It took 6 days, and prodding from ProPublica and Washington Post, for the FBI to issue a correction. The same day Comey was fired. Trump had his bodyguard Keith Schiller deliver the firing letter to the FBI headquarters, but they didn’t realize Comey was not in the office. Comey was delivering a speech and learned he was fired when the news popped up on the screen behind him.)

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This brings us to the present. What does Comey’s firing mean in the larger scheme of things? Many Clinton aides have expressed concern, not joy, at the developments. That Clinton aides, who dislike Comey as much as anyone, are concerned about the firing speaks volumes about the Clinton candidacy and the people who supported her. We are more concerned about the Republic than petty revenge. Because what does Comey’s firing mean for the Russia/Trump investigation and the future of the Republic? It is impossible to know just yet. Some high profile Republicans, like Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins, have lined up behind Trump. Collins told Judy Woodruff: “Well, the president didn’t fire the entire FBI.” Graham said: “I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well.” This is worrisome because it shows a continued support for the insupportable Trump, his administration and his policies. The good news is that some others Republicans have expressed concerns. (And not just the Nixon Library tweeting an objection to people calling Trump’s behavior “Nixonian.”)

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John McCain tweeted that “Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia’s interference in 2016 election.” Tea Partier Justin Amash tweeted: “My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre.” Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, who heads the Senate investigation into Trump/Russia, wrote:

I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee. In my interactions with the Director and with the Bureau under his leadership, he and the FBI have always been straightforward with our Committee.  Director Comey has been more forthcoming with information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intelligence committees. His dismissal, I believe, is a loss for the Bureau and the nation.

Other notable Republicans who have expressed concern about Comey’s firing are James Lankford of Oklahoma, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Mark Sanford of South Carolina, and Senate Judiciary Committee member Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

I think we are at a cross-roads. What happens next is what history books will say about all of us. Will the firing of Comey bring about Trump’s downfall? Or will Republicans close ranks and save him, kill the investigation… and damn us all to a banana republic?

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131 Responses to "A Republic, If You Can Keep It"

How Fox News sees it:

And Dump has been tweeting, attacking Schumer and Richard Blumenthal.

^ Update to my main post: Senator Burr just said he doesn’t think there is any need for an independent investigation..

Lavrov is a special kind of asshole. He almost makes you root for Tillerson.

And McConnell says no independent investigation.

No comment.

Only Russian media allowed? WTF?

I just saw that! We need to march and call

Vlad thinks crushing democracy is fun!

CBS News managed to grab a moment with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in full ice hockey gear, before he made his way on to the rink for a game.

Mr Putin said “there will be no impact” on US-Russia relations from the Comey firing, and the question is “very funny”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-us-canada-39866259

Hello shinners. Several appts this afternoon so I’ll see y’all later to comment further.

Bit more more info on the Hanford tunnel collapse, with a map. But I wouldn’t go hiking there without a really good rad-hazmat suit.

During his recent confirmation hearing, Perry was asked by Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) about the Hanford site. “So are you committed to funding Hanford cleanup and what it takes and getting the waste treatment plant finished?” Cantwell asked.

“Senator, I’m committed to working with you and prioritizing what is one of the most dangerous, most polluted sites that we have in this country,” Perry replied. He vowed to visit Hanford and said he looked forward to “walking that site with you.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/09/tunnel-collapses-at-hanford-nuclear-waste-site-in-washington-state-reports-say/?utm_term=.2d8a0cd4124a

So he was, then he wasn’t and his stand-in was going to, and now he might. Now’s your chance to show your quality, Mr. Comey. Country over party.

@15, good articles.

Unsurprisingly, I failed the conformity test.

Taking a sanity and self-care break.

Luna, yes sanity breaks are essential!

The Salon article is scary and good summary of Putin’s rise to power.

DYB, boy are you ever right that Comey confused the ‘bad’ and ‘catastrophic’ roles here. Knowing Trump’s peeps were colluding with the Russians – were we suppose to think that was merely bad?

Hey, if we can’t get him impeached through colluding with Russia, I’m okay with obstruction of justice. And Sessions little ploy of pretending it’s about emails should see him removed, too.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/10/15611522/comey-trump-obstruction-justice-impeachment

Why is Trump vowing to release ‘video of Clinton’s concession call’ like it’s some kind of threat or something? I’m sure she said Congratulations and Good Luck like any other call. Gawd, they are so damn dumb.

@24> Yes I don’t get that either. I assume it’s just a one-sided video of Trump? So he’s talking to Clinton? (I don’t think they face-timed, did they?) So it’ll be Trump listening Hillary? I don’t understand the appeal of this… Won’t it just show her being gracious in defeat and show off how much of a bully he is?

And also, is it legally ok to publish a recording of a one-sided conversation where the other person, presumably, doesn’t know the conversation is being recorded??

Senate Intelligence Committee issues a subpoena to Flynn.

Great post, DYB!

Here’s a question no one is asking: What about Pence?

I have long thought that the whole story about the firing of Flynn “because he lied to the Vice President, OMG!” was patently false. Sally Yates confirmed it. Pence knew all along. The reason was that Yates was getting too aggressive with her warnings, and Drumpf wanted to shut her up. There is no need to be warned you’re enabling treason, of course, when the whole reason for your existence is to commit treason.

I’ve also thought that the Pence story was floated by Priebus to burnish Pence in case of a Drumpf impeachment. That attempt has now failed. Pence has been tarred with the same brush as Drumpf. Pence knew, and lied about it. He is one of the cabal, and will be swept away with the rest of the Drumpf debris.

@26: It is okay in most states to record a conversation as long as one party is aware the recording is happening. That’s strange, isn’t it? As far as making it public, playing the recording in public, I’m not sure. The one thing I am sure of is that it would be in poor taste.

McCain and Sasse may be the only two who haven’t yet backtracked on their comments from last night.

MB, yes, there is simply no way Pence didn’t know about Flynn. The White House (Priebus) really worked hard to separate Pence from Trump (in case of impeachment/resignation.) But sorry, no.

And last night Pence made it clear he was part of firing Comey.

Trump and Pence are in it together. Pence doesn’t get a pass.

Luna, check email when you have a chance.

Great post DYB, Writing about the chaos of Dolt 45 is like trying to sweep the front walk during a tornado. It is impossible. I saw a tweet today from someone who was talking to a West Winger who said, “This is utter chaos even by our standards.”

In the land of hubris, all fact is read from a work of fiction. The funniest quote I’ve seen today was Dolt 45, himself saying about Comey, “There’s something wrong with him.” That’s the pot calling the kettle teal. They are both infected with the same disease, just from different ends.

I hate being so negative, but just as Deep Throat (Mark Felt) saved the republic, we need a penetralia proctologist to start leaking about the a$$hole in the Oval which is a quite convenient target from whence to begin the probe.

@25: Love that!

I suppose that means Spicey will be making an appearance.

@34 Prolix said They are both infected with the same disease, just from different ends.

Yes, that prion disease that Charles Pierce writes so frequently about.

https://www.cdc.gov/prions/

@26, New York is a one-party consent state meaning if one party consents, it is okay to record.

Not to state the obvious, but these people are bush-league no-class boors. They are the evil twins of the Clampetts. They want to do nothing more than cause hurt and pain. Conjob is the lowest form of life possible. She is mucus spread in runny turds floating in a river of pus. To think she and her Bible thumping husband are destroying four children.

@37, sorry to throw cold water on what a normal person who is susceptible to shame would feel at getting a subpoena, but a Senate Committee subpoena is hunting bear with a slingshot. It is merely a “raise in the poker game” and Flynn will see it with a “nah uh” in a bid for immunity. If the Senate calls that raise, then they will have to go to Court and get in line for enforcement. Then, if the Court enforces it, there are appeals. Conservatively, you are talking months and months, maybe even a year or more. They all know this. Strategically, the real venomous move is a subpoena from the Rocket Docket in the Eastern District of Virginia where Comey was on Monday and a grand jury is currently impaneled. Those subpoenas don’t play.

@40, wonder if they left any small pieces of equipment behind. Accidentally.

The place needs to be fumigated now, in a couple of ways.

@40, when the home office sends someone to check out how the franchise manager is doing, they always take a picture to prove they were there.

Prolix, yes, we are going to need some massive leaks to take down Trump. Rethugs will not do it. They will investigate nothing, will not impeach. Until enough pressure builds from outside to do it. And only way that happens is if something so serious comes out in the press that they can’t *not* do it. But it won’t be the gossipy leaks we get now. Those are fun, but useless. We’re gonna need an audio tape of Trump telling Kislyak: “Pee on me comrade.”

Luna, I’m pretty sure the Oval Office is now bugged by the Russians. Like, no joke.

NJ Representative Tom MacArthur (of the AHCA MacArthur amendment) is having a town hall. It sounds rowdy. A few things have been quoted. In one moment he asked the public how many of them own stocks. Like 10 people raised their hands. To which he said: “So see, these tax cuts will help everybody!” (I’m paraphrasing.) And then there was this:

Lolololol. Urgh. Comic relief is good, but then you come back quickly to the evidence that pROTUS is a traitor.

I’ve never been able to believe that Comey is a non-partisan good guy. I find him to be a bizarre character, self-righteous, obsessed with himself and his own glory, always wanting to put himself in front of the camera. I don’t know if he could have been counted on to do the right thing or not, as things get worse and worse. I only know that before the election, with the country at risk of being handed to an imbecile stooge of Putins, Comey c h o s e to make Hillary look bad over nothing emails* and cover Dump’s ass over his treasonous connections. He revealed the potentially minor mistake, and concealed the deadly treason. For the rethuglicans. I’m shocked at his firing, to be sure. I wonder if it will serve as a warning to other greedy idiots, looking for power, not to wade into dumps cesspool.

I think our only hope at this point is if some brave partisans in our government, and people in UK and Europe, that have the goods on dump & co, start releasing it. Things look very bad for us.

Or..if Comey is actually the good guy a lot of people think he is, now is his big chance to prove it. Time to reveal all about dump & co, Mr. Comey. I can’t say better late than never, because its not, you’ve already caused irrevocable damage to our country and the world, but you can try to make amends if you get your hinky allegiance to the rethug religion out of your head and dig very deep for some real courage.

*I don’t even believe the nonsense Hillarys-emails-on-Weiners-laptop. I think it was a setup from the rethug’s ratfucking corps. I read an article about it that made perfect sense, but don’t remember where.

@44, yes. Fumigate it with sufficient voltage to fry everything.

Okay, it looks like we can’t expect anything helpful from Comey. The news is on and it just showed part of his farewell letter to the FBI and he says something like, “I’ve always believed the president has the right to fire the head of the FBI for any reason or no reason whatsoever.” And more kiss-ass stuff like that. Looks like he’s choosing to be a rethug tool to the very end.

Obama must of been insane to hire Comey. Wasn’t there something weird about him years ago–something from dubya’s reign?

@46, good grief! What a bunch of morons. Luna, what is going on at Hanford? Is the federal government taking care of it? They should, this is their mess. I’m worried about my 2nd State.

@46, the replies to that are hilarious. One example:

@43, Yes, agree!
@44, I bet you’re right!
@45, Can you believe what cop-outs the rethugs have become?

@51, annie, there’s a link to a WAPo piece about it somewhere up above.
Apparently pROTUS did OK the budget for continuing to clean up Hanford. Many of the local yokels aren’t worried and crack jokes about Geiger counters & how there’s more radiation in Seattle than on the Hanford site.

Reading between the lines of what the gov’t has said isn’t reassuring. “No evidence was found….” yeah, did they look for any? The East side of the state tends to have a grudge about us coastal elites on the more liberal West side of the state, and make fun of us because we think that there may be cause for concern. That’s an over-generalization of course. Fortunately, we outnumber them. 🙂

“The East side of the state tends to have a grudge about us coastal elites on the more liberal West side of the state, and make fun of us because we think that there may be cause for concern. That’s an over-generalization of course. Fortunately, we outnumber them.”

Haha! Ditto!!!

@52, LOL! I have to get over to twitter and check out all the funny stuff. Spicer in the bushes…that’s got to be comedy gold.

DYB, forgot to say I really enjoyed reading the post! Very interesting, as always. Also, love that pic of Hillary. It looks retro.

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Rosenstein threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation, said the person close to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

This really cracked me up:

If you watch “Veep” on HBO, and you should, the press secretary hiding in the bushes is something they would do. So the current situation is a documentary, basically.

The WaPo article keeps updating. First, they are 30 sources. 30!

The newest update beside which shrub Spicer was hiding in, is that Rosenstein threatened to resign…but we see his threats are empty.

“Rosenstein threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation, said the person close to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.”

socalannie, I agree, I absolutely love that pic of Hillary. I’ve been saving it to use somewhere and finally just used it. It’s while she was Secretary of State, 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here is a closer look.

@49> I saw the Comey letter in its entirety, it’s very typical resignation letter. I’m not sure it could have contained more than it did. The big question is: what comes now. He no longer has any power and can do nothing. I’m sure someone will call him to testify, but how soon?

One of the articles coming out today (I think WaPo? The one with 30 sources), says Comey thought Trump was crazy when he accused Obama of wiretapping his offices.

Socalannie> yes there is a bizarre story about Comey from Cheney/Bush reign. I linked to it above in the main article. But actually Comey comes across as the hero. In short, in 2004 while John Ashcroft was sick in intensive care, White House dispatched Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card to the hospital to force Ashcroft to reauthorize their domestic surveillance program. Comey was the deputy AG and heard about this. So he rushed over to the hospital too, with sirens blaring, hoping to overtake Gonzales/Card. So imagine two cars racing through the streets of DC to convince a sick and barely coherent man to do something, or not to do something. Comey arrived a few minutes before Gonzales/Card. Ashcroft, barely alive, refused to sign the paper.

BTW, Louise Mensch has turned on Mike Pence. For a long time she insisted he was innocent. That has now changed. Poor Pence.

@62, the fact Rosenstein threatened to resign is secondary. The real issue becomes, what White House official leaked it knowing the leak would drive Dolt 45 to another teevee screaming fit? And Rosenstein now has to answer the simple question: Did you threaten to quit? If yes, why? If no, then you stand by being the patsy for the firing? Mr. Rosenstein is going to be right and royally screwed one way or the other. He might be the new genetically engineered “push-me-pull-you”. He has been backed into the corner with the only way out: Appointing a special counsel.

@65, wonder if Pence has Mother Pence with him while he reads Louise’s tweets?

@64, thanks for explaining that story DYB. Comey does look good there, I admit. I would gladly admit I’ve been wrong about him altogether if he does something now to bring out the truth. As you said, what can he do now?

@63, that could well be my new fav pic of Hillary. She photographs well in the rain–remember that other famous pic of her giving a campaign speech in the rain in ’08?

Prolix, my betrothed, was it you that called Kim Davis a noted “hair farmer?”
Surely, Sara Huckabee Sanders gives our Kim a run for her money.

Umm, Sweetest Sue, I do seem to recall slipping the bonds of good manners and charitable Southern chivalry and mentioning something about Ms. Davis being a noted “hair farmer”. Ms. Suckabee Handers, oops a moment of dyslexia there, seems to have plenty of cranial fertilizer although she loses massive quantities when she opens her lying pie hole.

Now that you’ve mentioned it, a quick update on Ms. Davis. Once the Trump wannabe mini-me KY Governor, Matt Bevin, signed a Davis-assuaging piece of legislation to take County Clerk’s names from marriage licenses, the U.S. District Judge dismissed the pending case where Ms. Davis was a defendant without the awarding of damages. The Sixth Circuit pulled the reins and said, “Whoa,” on that. The 6th Circuit has reversed and sent the case back to District Court for a hearing to determine damages from Ms. Davis’ actions.

So I’m hopeful Ms. Davis will be hit personally for her abrogation of her duties. Since her actions were willful no insurance policy should cover them. Most likely, the damages won’t be earth-shattering, but they will be personal to Ms. Davis as a lesson to her to treat all humans equally.

Sara Huckabee Sanders (what a name!) is like a cold-hearted version of Sean Spicer. They’re an amazing contrast with the same evil design. Is she more effective? I can’t even tell.

The latest news is Trump is actively auditioning people to replace Spicer. Spicer should have resigned long ago, then he would have made a real impact on the world. Now he’ll just be another pathetic footnote.

Also, Melissa McCarthy should play both Spicer and Huckabee Sanders!

BTW, yesterday the LA Times published an op-ed, saying Hillary can have a voice if she wants it, but she’s doing it all wrong and really just needs to back off. This was yesterday. The day after Dump fired Comey by blaming Hillary, the LA Times published that. I won’t even link to that hot garbage!

And today, Times has a story – being pushed around twitter by Haberman – about how lonely and sad Trump is, not isolated. Lonely and sad. So the new media narrative is that Trump is lonely and sad and we must feel sorry for him. This is what the NY Times is has become.

What Rosenstein does – or doesn’t do next – will be interesting. I have little hope that he will do the right thing. Nobody in Trump’s orbit has done the right thing yet.

Prolix, how do presidential pardons work? Are they like royal pardons: last word? Or can they be overturned by Congress?

“Hair farmer” is amazing. I hope Davis gets hit hard.

Ok the latest trial balloon White House is floating is appointing Merrick Garland to lead the FBI! (Or Senator Mike Rogers.)

So Garland would be nuts to take this. Rogers probably would.

Oh for god’s sake. We are living in an episode of “Veep.”

Ok this is either huge or not a big deal. One or the other. Who can tell.

@75, Presidential Pardons are absolute. No review, no appeal, and no “take backsies”. Unfortunately, the Framers thought with the “checks and balances” of Electors, only honorable humans would occupy the office. They never considered someone who reeked of the stench of scandal and corruption would ever have the opportunity to use pardons.

@81, Kobach to head a voter fraud commission? Fox, here’s the chickenhouse to guard.

Thanks Prolix! That’s a shame.

FBI is executing a search warrant on a GOP fund-raising company.

@86 Luna> Yes, it’s bananas! But so perfectly in keeping with Dump’s actions and other appointments.

(lighting incense to all the deities of vengeance) https://twitter.com/TrueFactsStated/status/862727759927234560

@89> So Rosenkrantz, I mean, Rosenstein and Dana Boente had a meeting with Burr and Warner today.

The GOP fundraising firm raid is being widely reported. I wonder what else is happening. And why Trump is flipping out. And why Sean Spicer had a nervous breakdown.

I really still hold out hope (I’m a fool, right?) that some in GOP will come out fully against Trump and what is happening. Or a major resignation from the White House. I think if ONE GOP person did this, it would cause others to follow. Is there one brave Republican? (It’s a rhetorical question.)

Bernie Sanders just said to Wolf Blitzer: Democrats can not politicize this issue. It may turn out president…was not colluding with the Russians.”

“The US justice department is refusing to disclose FBI documents relating to Donald Trump’s highly contentious election year call on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Senior DoJ officials have declined to release the documents on grounds that such disclosure could “interfere with enforcement proceedings”. In a filing to a federal court in Washington DC, the DoJ states that “because of the existence of an active, ongoing investigation, the FBI anticipates that it will … withhold all records”.

The statement suggests that Trump’s provocative comment last July is being seen by the FBI as relevant to its own ongoing investigation.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/justice-department-fbi-documents-trump-russia-hack-clinton-email

That GOP fundraising firm being raided – twitter sleuths have connected the director to Manafort and Roger Stone.

A very extensive article on Comey and FBI’s investigation of Hillary’s e-mails. Via ProPublica and New Yorker. (I’ve only glanced through it; this will take some time to read. This is how ProPublica knew Comey’s statements about Abedin last week were not accurate.)

https://www.propublica.org/article/problems-with-fbi-clinton-email-investigation-went-well-beyond-comey?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter

I love Perez’s (?) statement. Now if we can get him to drop Bernie and get seriously tough on the rethugs, maybe he’ll be an effective leader yet.

This news about the voter fraud commission is chilling. This seems harsh, but voters in red states, especially minorities, need to stay vigilant, and keep checking to make sure they’re registered, and be prepared to fight.

@71, Prolix, thanks for the hopeful news. I hope Sister It gets slammed with a hefty judgement.

@72, Haha! SHS is exactly like a cold-hearted Spicer! She is one nasty bitch. btw, on Uppity’s site, someone said they saw a tweet that said “Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a combination of Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, & Bernie Sanders.” That cracked me up for some reason. I looked for the tweet to post here, but couldn’t find it.

You guys have put up so many great comments today. You’re always good, but today, extra good!

Would Merrick Garland be a good choice for FBI Director? Shouldn’t the FBI Director be someone with a law enforcement background?

Actually, I don’t think dump will nominate anyone who will pursue the Russia investigation. I wouldn’t be surprised if the asst. director runs it until dump is impeached.

I can’t imagine Merrick Garland taking this nomination seriously. (I think he was a prosecutor before being appointed a judge.) He’d be fired 2 months later; why give up a life-time appointment to the court that is obviously an empty gesture.

@69, (wipes tear)

@94, transl: He’s implicated too.

This may be the best New Yorker cover…since the last great one.

Ok, so 1 Republican (a Tea Partier, no less) signs on:

@108> Actually 2nd, I guess. Rep. Walter Jones from North Carolina has signed on as well.

I am so far behind on the blog that I may never get caught up while working. Great post DYB!

The $hit flies so fast and hard from the Oval that I don’t think anything other than impeachment of Rump and his 2Pence will slow this train down. Of course, the rethugs will drag their feet until their corrupt nitwit passes all the things that will fill their bank accounts. Dems will keep pushing and someone, probably the spooks will keep feeding the media with nuggets that will cause Rump to end up, fat face in a ditch.

He is going down…no doubt in my mind…for even a second.

All I care about is the rightful winner of the election, is put in the Oval where she belongs, and the Rump crooks are charged with a laundry list of treasonous acts and kicked the Hell out of DC.

Nixon was bad, but Trump is much worse and so are all of his inner circle.

America is better than this and we have some real heros in our country that will step forward if these hearings start to shut down or derail. I am confident of that.

My post is in the dumper.

I got you out Shadow!

Also, this is in the Spammy. Something about Russian brides.

Thanks DYB.

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@115 Fredster, I think that was Sanders trying to show Democrats that he can get people elected. Except literally none, not a single one of his candidates (during 2016 election or now) has won an election. Not one person he endorsed personally and campaigned for won.

@116> Ugh, I’m worried about 2018 because, well, look at the crazy people who elected Dump! There have been a couple of polls showing leads for Dems, but I have no confidence in the voters.

In my mind I was fantasizing that 2 or 3 Republicans switch their caucusing to Democrats in the Senate. They don’t even need to switch parties, do they? They can just say: we’ve lost confidence in McConnell and we want an investigation. So Chuck Schumer for majority leader. Though same thing would need to happen in House. Obviously this would never happen, I’m just losing my mind and going delusional.

Here’s an interesting article on Dump and Comey. It seems Comey told multiple people that at his dinner with Dump, Dump asked for personal loyalty. If head of secret domestic police force swears loyalty to one leader, rename that agency KGB.

Also at 119 – I wonder if it’s Comey himself leaking.

DYB @ 3:21pm: Bernie is despicable. The Dems need to drop him NOW. I bet he said that cuz he has his own dirty secrets.

Luna @ 106, Yes!

108 & 109, that’s good!

@115, Fredster, great tweet!

@118: Realistically I don’t see that happening DYB although it would be nice. McConnell would be on the phone with the money people who would be contacting those Senators and threats of no more $$$s and threats of a primary would be made. I just don’t think there’s anyone there who would make a principled stand like that.

Dumpster is gonna have a shitFit when he reads this article –

The little boy president (He thinks he is and Alpha male, he-man)

(CNN)Like most little boys, Donald Trump can be disarmingly honest, as when he once said, “When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.” The trouble is that the first grader is now President of the United States, and his temperament is on display for the world to see.

Unpredictable, impulsive and immature, Trump acts in a way that would be expected of a 6-year-old boy, but is terrifying in a man whose moods dictate decisions carried out by adults on behalf of the most powerful nation in the world.

more…
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/11/opinions/little-boy-president-opinion-dantonio/index.html

Good stuff, Fredster.

…he thinks he is *an* Alpha-male…

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